Safety Tips for Realtors
It’s National Realtor Safety Month! And at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Beazley, REALTORS®, we’ve compiled a list of tips you can use to keep yourself safe.
Program 911 into Your Phone
Most smartphones have certain features installed in them that allow you to call 911 without dialing the number. Make sure you familiarize yourself with these features on your phone.
If not, have speed dial on your phone or look through safety apps in your app store. You will want to have 911 programmed in case you are put in harm’s way.
Share Location and Contact Info
When meeting with anyone new, you want to tell one of your colleagues whom you’re meeting with and where the meeting is taking place. And don’t forget to tell your client that someone else knows where you are.
Tip: To make this interaction less awkward, mention that someone knows where you are in passing. Sayings “Sorry, I had to tell my sales manager I was meeting with a client today” decreases your chances of being harmed significantly.
Listen to Your Gut
Ultimately, you want to listen to your gut and what it’s telling you to do. If you are feeling particularly uneasy walking around an area, listen to your feelings and head to a safe space like your car.
Consider Safety Apps
There are numerous Apps that give you access to specific personal safety measures. Some apps make your phone ring like it’s getting a call.
Other apps share your locations with the closest people around you until you log into your phone and sign out of the app. Whichever app you choose to employ, they could keep you safe from harm.
Always Walk Behind Clients for Your Safety
You don’t want to have your back on the clients. Not only is it a bit rude, but it also leaves you vulnerable. You want to ensure your clients go into the area first and follow right after them—the chances of you being cornered decrease significantly.
Keep Doors Unlocked During Showings
When meeting clients (especially new ones), you want to ensure that you always have a way out. Keep all doors unlocked, so you always have an exit!
Examine Self-Defense Jewelry
Most people have become familiar with keychain pepper spray. Still, there are other keychain items and even jewelry accessories (such as rings) that you can use as self-defense tools.
Also, Consider the Safety of the Seller
Remind your seller that they should not let any buyers into their homes without you or another agent present. Though it might seem harmless, you must remember that these sellers let strangers into their homes.
Also, remind sellers to store away their valuables like medications and jewelry.
Your Safety is Important
Don’t risk your safety for the sake of a sale. You want to take every measure possible to protect yourself against potential dangers.
If you only use the basic methods, remember to tell a colleague or a loved one what listing you’re going to and your client’s full name. Good luck, and stay safe!