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February
24

Smart Home Features

There are many beautiful Las Vegas homes for sale right now, making it more important than ever to make sure your home stands out from the crowd. 

Our real estate agents work with many potential buyers, so they're familiar with the features they're looking for. One of the most common things they hear is that buyers want homes already equipped with smart home technology. While this used to be an added selling point, now it's becoming more of a necessity. 

Keep in mind, not all smart home tech is created equally. Before you start dumping money into the latest tech upgrades, check out this list of the smart home features that today's buyers really want! 

  1. Smart Thermostat
    Smart thermostat technology has come a long way. The upgrades now range from a simple programmable thermostat to more complex options with separate zones, activity sensors, and more. Smart thermostats are convenient, cost-efficient, and eco-friendly, making them one of the most in-demand features among new home buyers. 
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February
17

Open House Tips

An open house can be one of the best ways to cultivate an interest in your property, but it can also be stressful. 

Not only will you have a whole group of strangers wandering around inside your house, but you'll have to worry about what kind of impression your house is making. Luckily, we have a few ideas on how to prepare for a successful open house when listing your Las Vegas home for sale.

  1. Clean like crazy.
    One of the keys to making a great impression on your prospective buyers is to clean your house meticulously. Hire a professional house cleaning service if you have to, but make sure every square inch is spotless! Give extra attention to the kitchen and bathrooms.

  2. Pare down your belongings.
    An uncluttered house not only looks cleaner and more inviting, but it also opens up the space, making your house look even more significant than it is. Throw out, donate, sell, or give away anything you don't need. To make space, you may even want to rent a storage unit or move some furniture to your new house, if possible.

  3. De-personalize the space.
    Those who attend your open house must envision themselves living in your home, which means they shouldn't see too much stuff that reminds them of somebody who already lives there. Highly personal items like family photos and children's artwork should be tucked away out of sight. 

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January
13

Real Estate Terms

Adding your home to the inventory of Las Vegas homes for sale is a stressful experience for many property owners; not only do you need to prepare your home, but you have to wait for the right buyer to come along. Education about the home-selling process is one way to combat your feelings of apprehension and nervousness. The more you understand about selling a home, the more confident you'll be when your home is on the market. Brush up on your real estate knowledge with these real estate terms you might hear throughout the home selling process. 

  1. Appraisal: An impartial opinion from a certified and licensed appraiser concerning the value of a home. This opinion is based on a walkthrough of the home and data from comparable properties.

  2. Buyer's Agent: A real estate agent that only represents the homebuyer in a real estate transaction.

  3. Buyers Market: A real estate market with more homes for sale than qualified buyers.

  4. Closing: A meeting when ownership of a home is transferred from the seller to the buyer.

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November
11

Home Inspection Tips

As a seller, do you hold your breath during a home inspection, praying it won't sabotage the sale? According to the National Association of Realtors, nearly one-third of home sale transactions that collapse before closing are due to problems uncovered by the inspection.

Don't leave the results to chance. Take charge with these proactive home inspection tips our brokers have learned over years of experience.

  1. Understand the Purpose of an Inspection
    With the financial investment involved, home buyers are entitled to an accurate evaluation of the property's condition. Inspectors will review everything, but primary issues of concern are problems involving safety, structural defects, and building code violations. 

  2. Clean the House Thoroughly
    No, a dirty floor won't impact the report per se. What it will do is cause the inspector to question the quality of overall maintenance right from the start.

  3. Do Your Own Walk-Through
    Go through your home top to bottom, viewing it with a buyer's eye. Look for leaks and water damage, mold, bugs, damaged fixtures, and other problems. Don't overlook seemingly minor issues such as burned-out light bulbs or running toilets. 

  4. Provide Total Access
    Inspectors need to check every part of the home, so make sure to unlock the attic, clear a space around the furnace and hot water heater and remove any clutter. Don't forget about the garage and exterior, including the yard.

  5. Keep the House Fully Operationa
    If you're not currently living in the home, leave the utilities on so the inspector can check appliances, test the HVAC and run hot and cold water.

  6. Have Paperwork in Order
    Are the appliances under active warranty? Did you have the chimney cleaned recently? Gather receipts and documentation related to major purchases and maintenance to put in a folder for reference.

  7. Be Ready on Time
    As with most service people, an inspector's time is money. They have schedules to keep, and proceedings will get off on the wrong foot if you keep them waiting.

  8. Make Yourself Scarce
    Inspectors have a tough time doing their job properly with anxious owners hovering over their shoulder. Leave the home for the duration of the inspection and take any pets with you. Your real estate agent should be on hand to represent your interests.

  9. Don't Panic at the Results
    Nothing's perfect, so the inspection is bound to turn up at least a few issues. Fortunately, most buyers understand. Don't assume you'll have to deal with every single point noted on the report. Consult with your real estate agent to determine which issues are priorities.

  10. Have a Plan B
    Everything is negotiable, and that includes the findings in the inspection report. If you would prefer not to do repairs yourself, offer a credit or reduced price as an incentive. Creative options include funding a one-year subscription to a home warranty program and bartering for furniture, appliances, or other items a buyer may want.

  11. Consider a Pre-Listing Inspection
    Forewarned is forearmed. Getting your own inspection beforehand can be well worth the expense by giving you advance notice of potential problems. If the inspection comes up clean, you'll have peace of mind knowing your home is ready for sale.

Are you looking for experienced help navigating the ins and outs of Las Vegas homes for saleContact us at Wardley Real Estate for more information.

October
7

Improving Home Interior

Remodeling the interior of your home is one of the best ways to make a house feel like home, and the right improvements may even add value to the home. Whether you're dreaming of the future while shopping for Las Vegas homes for sale or considering how to customize your current home, there are many great options to consider for your next home makeover. Our real estate agents are here to help with makeover tips for boosting the interior of your home.

  • Break Out the Fresh Paint
    Painting a room is one of the most common suggestions for giving your home a fresh look, and for a good reason! Not many updates can change the look of a room more quickly than a fresh coat of paint, and with the right prep work, painting is an easy DIY task. Consider which colors would create the atmosphere you desire for the room.

  • New Lighting to Brighten a Room
    Adding new lighting is another reliable tip for creating a fresh look on a budget. Antique lighting adds atmosphere before it's even switched on, and you can get unique looks from modern lighting, too. Additional light sources can brighten the atmosphere in a room and highlight what makes each room special.

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July
15

Decluttering to Sell a Home - Wardley Real Estate

If you're planning to put your Las Vegas home for sale, one of the most important parts of getting your house ready is getting rid of clutter. Our real estate agents know it helps with open houses to have as few personal possessions as possible so that potential buyers can imagine filling the space with their own belongings. Studies have shown that a decluttered home sells faster, and at a higher price point. Still, the issue remains—what to do with all that stuff.

A lot of things can probably be donated, given away, or thrown out. It's also a good idea to have a big yard sale to unload some old, unwanted items. Still, you're going to be left with a lot. It can't go back into your old house, and your new house probably isn't ready for it yet. If you've found yourself in this tricky spot, renting a storage unit may be the solution you're looking for, but it's important to choose wisely. 

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June
25

Energy-efficient home - Wardley Real Estate

Energy efficiency—it's one of the most talked about concepts, especially by home buyers. With the increase in technology that prioritizes energy efficiency, homeowners are enjoying lower energy bills, enhanced appliance performance, and are pleased to know that the resources their home uses daily are making less of a negative impact on the environment. Our real estate agents understand the importance of energy-efficient homes and want to make sure that our home sellers know how they can make their homes more attractive to buyers.

Living in Las Vegas is made easier with energy-efficient appliances and technology. The Nevada sun can really heat up a home and the temperature drops in the winter can quickly have homeowners scrambling for warmth. Energy-efficient appliances and technology provide controllable comfort solutions while cutting down potentially expensive energy costs that older HVAC systems may incur. As you get ready to list your home, you may want to consider assessing the energy efficiency of your home. We've gathered a list of ways you can integrate energy-efficient technology into your house that potential buyers are looking for as they browse Las Vegas homes for sale.

  • HVAC Systems
    Las Vegas homes need reliable heating and cooling systems that won't break the bank. Upgrading to a new energy-efficient comfort system can reduce power consumption and lower energy bills by hundreds of dollars each year. You can also enhance their performance with add-ons like smart thermostats.

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May
27

Exterior Home Features-Wardley

Our real estate agents are asked regularly what buyers look for in Las Vegas home for sale. Of course, sellers want to make their homes as appealing as possible, and sometimes that means making improvements. Other times it means making sure the features you already have are showcased and buyers are aware of them even before they see the property in person. These exterior features are guaranteed to delight buyers and make them take notice.

  • Exterior lighting. This is always on the top of buyer's lists. The right exterior lighting can make the property look stunning and add the perfect decorative touches. But even more important to buyers is the extra security they provide. Illuminated entrances and walkways provide safe passage for homeowners and visitors any time of day and discourage break-ins.

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April
15

Painting to Sell-Wardley Real Estate

Putting a fresh coat of paint on your home is one of the most effective and affordable ways to make it look updated, increase its value and help it sell faster. With so many different types of Las Vegas homes for sale, our real estate agents are well-versed in determining what works and what doesn't when it comes to color choices and painting. These five tips on painting your home to sell can make it stand out from the crowd and lead to a quick sale.

  1. Keep it Neutral
    Both dark and bright colors can be a major turnoff for potential buyers, and believe it or not, so can bright white. Although traditional beige is considered neutral, it often contains strong yellow undertones, which make it hard to coordinate with cooler colors like green, blue and violet. One of the hottest neutral colors that's been popping up all over the place is "greige," which, yes, you guessed it — brings beige and gray together, creating a versatile neutral color that can be used in almost anywhere. Light, neutral colors also brighten up rooms and make them look bigger.

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March
11

Spring Maintenance-Wardley Real Estate

If you want your home to be among the Las Vegas homes for sale this spring, then there's no doubt you're already thinking about the maintenance that needs to be done to your home. Making sure everything is tidy and in good repair will make your home more attractive to potential buyers. To help you out, our real estate agents share some items you should absolutely have on that spring maintenance checklist to ensure that your home is ready to sell.

  • Spring Cleaning
    Sometimes the simplest answer is the best. If your house has collected dirt and grime on its exterior, get a bucket of soap and water and a long-handled brush and give it a good scrub. You could also have the exterior professionally pressure washed. And as long as you're cleaning things up, don't neglect the windows. 

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