The title of this blog is something I've caught myself saying cheesily on several occasions while showing properties. Most of the time just to be funny and lighten the mood a bit. But there is a half-truth to that fun phrase and it really has to do with Realtor and client safety.
At the end of the day (or maybe the beginning) you really never know 100% what to expect when you are entering a stranger's home. That's why when people buy nowadays they want their own Realtor, someone they trust, to take them to see homes. How likely is it for buyers to just walk up to a house with a sign and knock on the door?
The Answer: Not very likely.
As Realtors, we should take our jobs and safety very seriously. And sometimes the nature of that job does put us in, if not all together dangerous, certainly uncomfortable situations. Always make sure someone knows when and where you are going, even if that is as simple as sending a text to a friend; it could save your life.
Be prepared for anything. Animals (that could mean rattle snakes here in Texas!) can be dangerous, even sweet-seeming family pets. If they don't know you they may become dangerous thinking that they are protecting their family. As Listing agents we are supposed to let showing agents know when there are pets on the premises and where they will be... but that doesn't always happen, so be alert if you here barking or other animal noises.
The most important thing to remember is that it isn't worth your life. If you feel uncomfortable or your safety is in question, just leave. You can always schedule another appointment at a different time.
Be Smart. Be Safe. And hopefully what's behind door #1 will be the home of your clients dreams!
Vikki Head - Licensed Realtor® in the great state of Texas. Self-proclaimed writer/blogger. Former Teacher. Mother and coolest wife ever.