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Top 5 Safety Tips for the Spring Selling Season

May 02 2012

paranoia200pxAs the spring selling season kicks into high gear, this increase in business also brings safety risks associated with meeting the unknown at showings, open houses, and visiting new neighborhoods. The following five best safety tips for the selling season are meant to keep you secure as you navigate through a thriving spring real estate season, and your clients informed in their search.

1) Safety Tips at Open Houses

  • Familiarize yourself with the exits and and unlock the deadbolts in case you encounter a situation that requires a quick exit.
  • Be diligent with signing in prospects - this is not only a great follow up technique, but also a way to record attendees if anything is amiss after the open house.
  • Trust your instincts - if your intuition tells you that something about a prospect or situation is not right, you are probably correct. Take the necessary steps to make sure you are safe, even if that means calling 911.

2) Safety Tips During Showings

  • Prior to your appointments with new customers, let someone know whom you will be with, where you are going, and when you will return. Schedule a time to check in on your cell phone.
  • Take the safest and most well lit route when driving to appointments in new neighborhoods. If it is a neighborhood that poses any possible threats, try to take a person you know with you. When you arrive at your destination, park in a well-lit area.
  • Make sure your cell phone is charged prior to your appointments. Keep your phone in your hand or in a pocket during the duration of your appointment.

3) Safety Tips When Meeting New Prospects

  • When meeting a potential client for the first time, request that he or she comes to your office first. Photocopy his or her driver's license so your office can easily access in the event of any issues. This will also be helpful to have on hand in the future, when building your client database.
  • Use your own vehicle when showing new customers your listings. If this isn't possible, ask that your prospects follow you in their own vehicle. Avoid getting into a new prospect's vehicle.

4) Client Advice: Safety Tips When Choosing a Neighborhood

  • Check local government agencies or the local police department for information on high crime rate areas in the different neighborhoods you're considering. Check for sex offenders near the neighborhood using the state or federal registry.
  • Take the opportunity to drive through the neighborhood several times, both during the day and at night. Observe how well lit the streets and parks are, and look for signs of vandalism and poor conditions of public property. Make notes on how well public properties are maintained; signs of neglect and disrepair imply lesser community restrictions and involvement, and increase likelihood of crime.
  • Ask current residents questions about Neighborhood Watch Programs, any crimes the neighborhoods may have experienced and their own security measures. It is well-documented that the more home security systems on a given block, the lower the likelihood of crime–even for those homes without a home security system.

5) Client Advice: Safety Tips When Moving into a New Home

  • Overgrown bushes and landscaping give intruders more hiding places. Check the property for potential hiding places for intruders. Keep greenery well trimmed.
  • Make sure that the property is well lit at night. If there is not enough street lighting, consider installing motion detection lights.
  • The house number should be clearly seen from a distance. Police and other officials may use this to find you and help more quickly in an emergency.
  • Check the doors for sturdiness. Make sure they are made of solid wood or metal, and they are not worn from age or use. Many intruders enter households by kicking in the front door.
  • Replace the locks of your house. This will ensure that you are the only one with copies of your key.

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