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How to sell a home during the holiday season

Illinois homeowners may know that it is harder to sell their homes during the late fall and winter months. However, there are strategies that they can use to increase their chances of accomplishing this goal. One key to selling a home during the holidays is to be comfortable with a compressed timeline. Banks, title companies and other parties may have limited hours during the holiday season. Real estate agents may also have personal obligations to attend to during this period.

Therefore, it is important to remain flexible to ensure that home tours, inspections and other important tasks can be completed in a timely manner. The home itself should be staged to seem as warm and inviting as possible despite the cold temperatures and lack of sunlight. It is important to ensure that driveways, sidewalks and other outdoor surfaces are free of snow and ice.

It can also be a good idea to add outdoor lighting to help people find their way to the front door without slipping or falling. While it is generally permissible to hang Christmas lights or decorate the home's interior, be sure to do so in a way that is both subtle and tasteful. For instance, sellers may want to bake cookies or light a scented candle to make it feel more like the holiday season.

In most cases, it can be a good idea to hire an attorney when selling a home. Legal counsel may be able to ensure that all necessary disclosures are made to buyers in a timely and transparent manner. An attorney may be able to help handle disputes that may arise after an inspection or at any point before the sale closes. Resolving disputes quickly may make it easier to close a real estate transaction in less time.

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