During Ohio’s “Shelter-in-place” order open houses weren’t allowed. A few builders held “self-guided” opens through models and spec homes. But for the majority of sellers- real-live Open Houses weren’t offered.
Since mid-March only agent guided showings or agent virtual showings were allowed. And the showing numbers are climbing as buyers and sellers get more comfortable with masks and spacing.
Let’s face it not every agent and/or every seller is going to be comfortable conducting Open Houses. And those who decide to open their doors need to adhere to CDC Guidelines to ensure safety. Open Houses will require masks, sanitizing, and keeping potential buyers at least 6 feet apart.
The decision to hold an Open House is made by both you and your agent.
Serious buyers are working with agents and/or hunting online virtual tours. So if you aren’t yet comfortable with having your house open- don’t do it. At this time well-priced properties are selling quickly and really don’t require Open Houses.
By mid-June more sellers and agents may feel comfortable hosting Open Houses. Stay tuned for any changes or problems in our area.