Do you take the time to think about your safety when you are on the go to a new property, rushing to an open house, setting up a last minute appointment or just meeting someone at the office?
Sometimes we are in such a rush or have had a busy day filled with lots of phone calls and emails, that we forget to think about a very important step in our process. That step is watching out for our own personal Safety!
We love the opportunities that being in Property Management has created for us to meet new people. Dare we say that not only is it okay to put your safe guard up no matter what, but your personal safety should be a number one priority when in the business of meeting new people.
So we understand personal safety is important, but now what? How do you protect yourself?
- If at all possible, don’t meet someone alone. Bring a buddy.
- Let your office know where you are going and when you should return. It’s always a good idea for others to know your schedule.
- Create a code word/phrase with your office. If a situation becomes uncertain and you need back up, a key word/phrase will help notify the person you reach out to that backup is needed asap.
- Never have your personal belongings in plain sight to tempt a possible theft situation. May we suggest leaving items in the trunk of your car?
- Trust your instincts. If you feel off about a situation, trust it! There’s nothing wrong with rescheduling an appointment to a different place or time.
- Be aware of the time of day you set up appointments. Create showings during the day where there is light and people out and about.
- Position yourself near the entrance of a home that potential clients are viewing.
- What if you are out doing multiple showings or inspections in one day? Checking in with a member of your team isn’t a bad idea.
Check out more safety tips and stories HERE from The REAL Deal.
To read about what some real estate professionals did to stay safe check out Realtor Mag.
We understand meeting new potential clients is essential and a much needed step in the process. We hope by having a discussion about your safety and reviewing what to keep in mind, will lead to a safer environment for yourself.
Share with us in the comments, your ideas or stories to stay SAFE!
Wishing you the finest of days!
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