Forty-five percent of recent buyers used open houses as a tool to find their dream home, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. As the summer buying season heats up, more and more open houses will pop up in the neighborhood. While they can be a great resource for potential buyers and a selling strategy for homeowners, safety at open houses is always an important concern.
REALTORS® are advised and trained to take specific safety precautions when working an open house. For instance, REALTORS® should always work with another person, have all visitors sign in upon arrival, avoid attics and basements, and check in with their office regularly throughout the day. Open houses can also be a challenge for homeowners. To avoid theft, REALTORS® advise their clients to lock up valuables, as well as prescription pills and important documents. It’s also a good idea to let neighbors know about the open house, so they can keep an eye out for anything unusual.
Visit local open house events and ask the REALTOR® about their safety measures. Speak with sellers for their perspective on open houses and the pros and cons they present when it comes to safety. Check with a local or state REALTOR® association to find out how they train their members to stay safe.