1 – Bring a buddy
When asked why the agent was targeted, the alleged killer said: “Because she was just a woman that worked alone...” Having another agent with you will automatically reduce your chances of becoming a victim. Plus, that second agent can help you show the property to more than one prospective buyer at a time, essentially doubling your efficiency.
2 – Follow, don’t lead
Never walk ahead of potential buyers, since this presents the evil-intentioned with the opportunity to overpower you. Instead, direct the potential buyer when showing the property. Say, “The kitchen is to your left,” and enter the space after them. This also provides the potential buyer with the opportunity to take in the space as clearly as possible.
3 – Check in
If you’ll be showing the home alone, be sure to tell someone you trust the address of the property and check in with that person every half hour or so. If you miss a check in, that person will know to attempt to contact you.
4 – Escape routes
Search the property for escape routes. If you find yourself in a disturbing situation, can you leave the house through the back door? Is there a side entrance through which you can escape? During your search for and mental note of escape routes, you can also perfect your knowledge of the home’s details.
5 – Open curtains and windows
In addition to adding to the home’s natural light and fresh ambiance, opening the curtains and windows allows passersby to look in and detect any trouble.