Whether you’re a landlord, property manager or real estate broker — I am all of these — personal safety issues pop up frequently, and we need to be aware and prepared to deal with them before they occur.
Here are a few of my personal guidelines that keep me safe.
- Never show a property after dark. NO exceptions.
- Never walk in ahead of the person. Always position yourself between the applicant and an exit.
- Don’t let them out of your line of sight.
- Pre-screen them when they call you to set up the appointment. For example, if you find they want to squeeze six people into a two-bedroom rental, or if their income doesn’t qualify, you’ll save everyone time by denying them on the phone.
- Don’t give out any personal information. (This doesn’t apply for real estate broker situations, of course.)
- If you carry protection, have it with you.
- Have 911 programmed into your cell phone. Everyone should do this, but for those of us meeting total strangers to show homes, it’s a good back-up, should all hell break loose.
- Make sure the entire house, including windows, is locked and secure upon leaving.
Hopefully, you’ll never be put in a precarious situation but it’s like my mom always used to say … “Better safe than sorry.”
Thanks, Mom. 🙂