FAQ #6: Is an open house safe? Don't you get nervous?

FAQ: Is an open house safe? Don't you get nervous?

Safety is extremely important, and steps should definitely be taken to alleviate risk. Some guidelines to practice:

  • Call the local police department and ask them to have a squad car drive by during your open-house hours.
  • Check your cell phone’s strength
    and signal prior to the open house. Have emergency numbers programmed on
    speed dial. Carry an extra, fully charged cell phone battery.
  • Determine several “escape” routes
    that you can use in case of an emergency. Make sure all deadbolt locks are
    unlocked to facilitate a faster escape.
  • Turn on the lights and open the
    curtains. These are not only sound safety procedures, but also great
    marketing tactics.
  • Make sure that if you were to
    escape by the back door, you could escape from the backyard. Frequently,
    high fences surround yards that contain swimming pools or hot tubs.
  • When prospective buyers begin to
    arrive, jot down their car descriptions, license numbers and physical
    descriptions.
  • When showing the house, always
    walk behind the prospect. Direct them; don’t lead them. Say, for example,
    “The kitchen is on your left,” and gesture for them to go ahead of you.
  • Notify a friend or a relative
    that you will be calling in every hour on the hour. And if you don’t call,
    they are to notify the police immediately.

Not all of these are practical or necessary at every open house, but putting safety first is definitely a must! We owe it to ourselves as well as to our clients.

--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®

Today | Sotheby's International Realty

San Carlos, California, 94070

CA BRE#01215160; 650-465-4547

Lottie@LottieKendall.com;

www.LottieKendall.com

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Comment balloon 6 commentsLottie Kendall • May 25 2012 08:45AM

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These are some good safety tips.  Thanks for sharing.  Best to always be prepared.

Posted by Edward & Celia Maddox, EXPERIENCE & INTEGRITY - WE TAKE THE HIGH ROAD (The Celtic Connection Realty) over 5 years ago

Hi Edward and Celia - being alert, aware and prepared is good. Wishing you much success

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco (Today | Sotheby's International Realty) over 5 years ago

Hi Lottie~ It's very rare that I have an open house by myself.  When I'm in that situation, I make sure that my husband calls in every half hour to check on me.

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Agent (HomeSmart Realty Group) over 5 years ago

All good tips Lottie.  Another is to ask one of the lenders you work with to sit with you.  Most of them will be happy to do so.  Have a great weekend.

Posted by Jim Patton, Realtor - Stanislaus & Merced county Realtor. (Century 21 M&M - 209-404-0816) over 5 years ago

Smart, Donna. I often have my assistant with me.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco (Today | Sotheby's International Realty) over 5 years ago

Hi Jim -- wow,I never thought of that idea. They'd have a chance to meet the public and, hopefully, find a new client or two. I'll mull this one over!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco (Today | Sotheby's International Realty) over 5 years ago

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