A new year offers new opportunities, and for many on the Las Vegas area, it's a great time to start thinking about selling your home. Our real estate agents are here to help, and if you're thinking about getting your home ready to sell in the new year, these are the steps you can start taking today.
- Do a Deep Clean
It's essential to clean your house top to bottom when you're getting ready to sell. Pay particular attention to the entryway, kitchen, and bathroom, which, as studies have shown, are the rooms that potential buyers look at with the most scrutiny.
- Let There Be Light
Lighting is always important when you're selling a home. Let in as much natural light as possible to make your home feel warmer and more inviting, especially if you're selling your home in winter when the sun's rays are in shorter supply.
- Eliminate Clutter
Now is the time to get rid of unwanted items that are cluttering up your space. A cluttered home tends to be a big turn-off for buyers, so take the time to go through your belongings and decide what can go. Donate unwanted clothing, gather up old magazines for recycling, give away items that can go to a good home, have a yard sale to get rid of things you no longer use and throw away anything that can't be eliminated any other way.
- Fix Problems and Defects
Before trying to sell your house, it's a good idea to fix up some minor defects that might cause a buyer to second-guess buying your home. We're talking broken doorknobs, scratched counters, outdated fixtures, worn-out carpeting, peeling paint, tacky wallpaper. Make it a DIY project if you feel capable, or hire a pro to take care of it for you.
- Remove Personal Effects
You want a buyer to be able to imagine themselves living in your home, and that's a lot harder if it's abundantly clear that someone already lives there. That's why it's essential to remove as many personal effects as possible from your living space, including children's drawings, family portraits and anything that sends a message that your house is already taken.
- Boost Your Curb Appeal
The first thing a buyer sees is your home's exterior, so make sure it makes a good impression. Trim trees and shrubs, tidy up the porch, touch up the paint, eliminate lawn clutter, rake the leaves, and take any other steps that may be necessary to make the outside of your home look its absolute best.
- Cook Something for the Season
A buyer's sense of smell sends a lot of subconscious signals, which is important to consider on any day you're showing your home. Keep in mind that there are good food aromas and bad ones. By all means, bake some cookies, brew up some hot cocoa or serve hot apple cider. But you'll want to stay away from some of the more pungent food smells, like pasta sauce, curry, fish and meat smells.
- Use Tasteful Decorations
Selling your home during the holiday season means you can use holiday decorations to entice buyers, but don't overdo it, especially if you're selling after New Year's. A tasteful wreath on the door and a few holiday lights are great but avoid garish light shows and blow-up lawn displays.
Contact Wardley Real Estate today to learn more about getting your home ready to sell in the new year. Our team of dedicated real estate agents is here to help every step of the way when you're ready to offer up your Las Vegas home for sale.