For over a century, open houses have been a standard in real estate sales because they offer the intimacy prospective buyers want. While some old traditions are best left behind, open houses continue to be one of the greatest tools in selling homes to this day.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has upended much of our lives, and it seems like everything was closed or cancelled in 2020. As the world recovers, things are slowly returning to a more normal pace. But what about open houses? Is it still worth holding an open house for your Texas home in 2021? Here’s what you need to know.
Open Houses Can Be Held Safely
Most Texas sellers have resumed in-person open houses with proper safety precautions, but high-risk buyers, sellers, and agents may prefer sticking with the virtual alternative. If you choose to have an in-person open house, the following guidelines can help keep everyone safe:
- Clean your home thoroughly before and after the open house
- Regularly sanitize high-touch areas like doorknobs and light switches
- Post signage asking anyone who enters your home to wear a mask and maintain social distance
- Provide disposable masks and hand sanitizer at the door
It’s All Online
Two years ago people were still driving through desirable neighborhoods to find homes to buy. Online listings were available, but underutilized. Virtual open houses were nonexistent but they quickly became the norm in 2020, especially in large metropolitan areas.
Fast forward to 2021. Everything is virtual. Over 90% of home buyers begin their home search online. Virtual home tours, beautiful listing photos, and online open houses make it easy for buyers to narrow their search down to their top prospects without ever stepping foot in a home.
While online shopping is taking over the house-hunting game, in-person shopping and buying from open houses is dwindling. In fact, the National Association of Realtors recently found that only 6% of buyers found their home by visiting an open house. With returns like that, open houses are losing popularity fast.
Many Sellers Are Foregoing the Open House
Today’s society is all about convenience, and hosting an open house in anything but convenient. Many sellers today are foregoing open houses, and here’s why:
- Picking a time and date that is best for buyers is tricky
- Cleaning prior to an open house takes a lot of work
- Staging a home for an open house is expensive
- Pets and owners need to be off the property during the open house
- Agents often benefit more from open houses than the seller
Joe Homebuyer Dallas is Here
Open houses can be a great tool for selling a house. But they can also be inconvenient, risky, and unproductive. Joe Homebuyer Dallas is here to help! When you sell your house to us, there’s no need for an open house. No repairs, staging, or cleaning. Just a fair, cash offer for your home in whatever condition it’s currently in. We buy homes in Dallas, Texas and the surrounding metropolitan area. Contact us today to get your cash offer!