How’s your real estate safety? Open houses are an excellent way to promote a house for sale, yet it can be difficult for real estate agents to keep track of all guests who come into an open house. With rDigz, the seller and agent can rest assured that everyone attending the open house is accounted for. During a rDigz Open House, all guests need to download the rDigz app and receive an “Open House Pass” to enter the home. When downloading the rDigz app, a phone number must be verified before receiving the “Open House Pass”, thus validating and keeping all guests accounted for. This increases the security of the Open House because people are less likely to steal or do any harm when they know they are being tracked.
The National Association of Realtors provides the following safety tips for hosting an open house:
- If possible, always try to have at least one other person working with you at the open house.
- Check your cell phone’s battery and signal prior to the open house. Have emergency numbers programmed on speed dial.
- Upon entering a house for the first time, check all rooms and determine several “escape” routes.
- Make sure that if you were to escape by the back door, you could escape from the backyard.
- Have all open house visitors sign in.
- 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.
- Avoid attics, basements, and getting trapped in small rooms.
- Notify someone in your office, 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 call you.
- Inform a neighbor that you will be showing the house and ask if he or she would keep an eye and ear open for anything out of the ordinary.
- Don’t assume that everyone has left the premises at the end of an open house. Check all of the rooms and the backyard prior to locking the doors.
Using the safety tips from the National Association of Realtors, along with the rDigz app, will help provide you and your client’s home the Safest Open House. For additional safety tips, visit https://www.nar.realtor/safety, because your safety needs to be a priority.