Being real estate professionals and not professional athletes or firefighters, we often forget that there can actually be danger in our professions. Unfortunately, dubious people are everywhere and tend to strike when you least expect it. We here at the National Realty Guild have put together a list of the top safety tips to keep in mind while you’re on the job.
1 – Have Clients Fill Out Their Information
Before you show a client a house, layout, or apartment, make sure you have their info. You can have them fill out information cards, hold onto their driver’s license, or have them fill out their info online before the showing. This helps you in two very different ways. First, should anything go wrong during the showing, you’ll have their information and general description to give to the proper authorities. So if the person gets away, the authorities will be able to find them with relative ease.
And secondly, this gives you a means to contact the client after the showing. Have them fill out email addresses, phone numbers, and any other contact info pertinent to your agency. As real estate professionals, information, communication, and feedback are big keys to our success. Do everything you can to make yourself safe as well as give yourself every opportunity to succeed.
2 – Communicate With Your Team
Like we said in the last section, communication is integral for real estate professionals. If you’re part of a team, make sure at least one of them knows where you’re going, at what times, and who you’re going with. If something should happen, they will be able to contact someone to help you. This also lets them know you’ll be away from the office, allowing them to plan their own schedules around yours.
If you aren’t a part of a real estate team, let those closest to you know where you’re going to be. Talk to parents, significant others, siblings – even your kids – and let them know where you’re going to be and when. Make sure to let them know when a showing has finished as well, so they don’t worry you.
3 – Practice The Basics
Common sense is the best defense when trying to mitigate dangerous situations. Never wear flashy or expensive jewelry to a showing. Know where all of the exits are in a house or know how to navigate your way through an apartment. Go to the property beforehand in order to familiarize yourself with the neighborhood. Never allow a client to ride in your car unless you know them personally. Allow clients to go first and always keep a safe distance from them. If you feel like something is wrong, don’t hesitate to remove yourself from the showing. Your safety is what truly matters during a showing.
From all of the real estate professionals here at the National Realty Guild, we hope this guide helps you. Learn more about the National Realty Guild, see our various locations and what each one has to offer or contact us to get more information about our company.