September is REALTOR® safety month, so there’s no better time to brush up on some of the basic safety procedures to make sure you’re as safe as possible while on the job. Here are a few safety tips you might want to keep in mind.
Showings And Open Houses-
Find out all you can about a client before you meet for a showing. Request that they come by the office and make a point to introduce them to at least one of your co-workers. Photocopy their driver’s license and keep it on file. Be sure someone knows when you are meeting with potential clients every time, and if possible, take someone with you.
Know the neighborhood. Introduce yourself to the neighbors and invite them over for your open house. Know the best place to park at night (look for the streetlamps).
Never turn your back on someone at a showing. Know the layout of a house before the showing so you know the escape routes. Never get blocked into a room with no escape routes. Remember to charge your phone and keep it handy at all times.
On The Road-
REALTORS® spend a lot of time behind the wheel, so see to it that your car is maintained well at all times. Keep an eye on your brakes and be sure to get your oil changed in a timely manner. What's more, consider the condition of your tires, including your spare. Keep a heavy coat, jumper cables, a flashlight, and some food and water in your trunk, as weather turns colder.
Don’t get distracted by your devices on the road. NAR research says you are 23x more likely to have a accident if you text while driving. Go hands free if you have to be on the phone while driving.
Always get enough sleep before you take any long journeys. It may be redundant to mention in 2017, but always, always wear your seat belt. It may save your life in the event of a crash.
Be ready for winter driving. Keep some kitty litter in your trunk to get some extra traction. Keep ice scrapers and de-icer on hand. Make sure you have what you need to stay warm if you have to be outside your car for very long, i.e. gloves, scarves, and hats.
These tips should help you get home to your loved ones at the end of the day. Stay safe out there!