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May
26

Improve Air Quality

Improved air quality in your home is essential for your overall health and well-being. Every time you open a door, outdoor emissions seep into your home. Other pollutants come from everyday building materials, appliances, heating and cooling units, and your favorite pet. Luckily with a few changes, you can improve your indoor air quality. 

Check out the list below for simple tasks to improve your home's indoor environment compiled by our real estate agents.

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May
18

Home Improvement Experts

Not every project is meant for do-it-yourselfers to tackle. Some projects are dangerous or just not feasible for the average homeowner to complete. Plus, poorly completed projects can even negatively impact the resale value of your home. Before you grab your toolbox, make sure you call an expert when handling the following home improvement projects. 

  1. Electrical Work
    Unless you're a professional electrician, electrical work is one project that always requires a professional. At a minimum, the fixture or outlet you're trying to rewire might not work properly. In a worst-case scenario, poorly done electrical work can cause a house fire. There's also a huge risk to you of injury or electrocution when you're doing the electrical work. Stick with a licensed electrician to ensure that work is done properly and safely. 
  2. Removing a Tree
    If you want to add your property to the inventory of Las Vegas homes for sale, it's essential to get your yard looking its best. While the work associated with removing a tree doesn't seem difficult, there's a lot that can quickly go wrong. The average person may not be able to accurately judge where the tree will fall. Plus, once the tree is down, you have to consider how you'll remove it from your property. This can involve a lot of manual labor and numerous trips to the haul the wood away. Some cities even require a permit for tree removal, adding more time and effort to the project. Hire an experienced tree removal service who knows how to safely remove the tree. 

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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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February
11

Home Seller Blue - Wardley Real Estate

Are you a first-time home seller? Rookie jitters happen to everyone, not just professional athletes, so take comfort in the fact that you're not alone. Learn from those who have gone before you with these top tips from our real estate agents for avoiding first-time seller blues.

  1. Change Your Perspective
    While living in a home is an emotional experience, selling one is a business transaction. It's difficult to make logical decisions when your heart is involved. Distance yourself from sentiment and focus on creating that emotional spark in buyers.

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December
31

Sell Las Vegas Home - Wardley Real Estate

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. 

  1. 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.

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November
7

Wardley Sell Home Holidays
Will you be selling your home over the holidays? If so, you should know that selling during this super-busy time of year can be challenging in some ways, but it can have advantages too. You'll probably have less competition for buyers than you would in the spring or summer, and people shopping Las Vegas homes for sale over the holidays are typically serious about making a deal quickly, often wanting to close by year-end to maximize tax advantages. To help you make the most of your marketing efforts, here are 10 tips for selling your home over the holidays:

  1. Spruce up your home's exterior
    Creating great curb appeal can take a little more work this time of the year. That means that more of your home's exterior may be visible, so make sure that view is attractive. Touch up any peeling paint, replace any missing or damaged shingles on the roof, make sure gutters are clear and clean up the yard and walkways.

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October
18

Las Vegas Homes for Sale
Conventional wisdom says that spring and summer are the best times to list a home for sale. The warmer months are the peak of the real estate season, but there's a downside – the market is crowded with other homes, and it's hard to get noticed. In fall, it's a different story. 

There are a lot of benefits to listing your Las Vegas home for sale in the fall, so don't miss out on the opportunity to take advantage of this underrated season! Here's why the coming months offer the perfect opportunity to sell your home:

  1. Fall Means Less Competition
    Compared to the crowded market of summer, fall is relatively wide open, which means your house is more likely to get noticed. Less competition can pay off big time, and with fewer listings on the market, it's much more likely that yours will get the attention it deserves. 

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August
23

Selling A Home Why Buyers Say No
If Las Vegas homes for sale in your neighborhood are moving quickly, but your "For Sale" sign is still in the middle of your yard, it's time to figure out why. If you prepared your home before your listing went live and you thought you fixed everything that needed to repaired, you could have missed something important.

Our real estate agents assist our clients in pinpointing marketing issues so homeowners can make the appropriate changes. To help you complete this critical task, we've listed six reasons why buyers might be saying "no" to your home.  

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August
17

Buy a Home New Country
Moving to a new location always requires preparation, and that's doubly true when you're making an international move. Streamlining an international move starts with good planning, and it's important to start the planning process as soon as you know that you're serious about making a move. Having a job, support system, and necessary services in place when you arrive can make the adjustment to a new country a much simpler process. Our real estate agents are here to help you get started, with our guide for planning a move to another country. 

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June
13

Sell Las Vegas Home Staging Tips
Getting ready to sell your house? You probably already know that presentation is key, but our real estate agents want to make sure you really put your best foot forward when it comes to staging your home for an open house.

We've been listing Las Vegas homes for sale for quite a while now, and we've learned a thing or two about staging a house. Here's how to make your open house a big success: 

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April
19

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Selling Your Home

Deciding to sell your homeEven if you're not one to overthink your decisions, you probably realize that selling your home is in a category all by itself. It's a big transaction that requires big consideration. When you add your home to the roster of Las Vegas homes for sale, your decision shouldn't be based on whims or impulses. You should think it through and if it's the right thing for you, you should move forward confidently. Unfortunately, that's not as easy as it sounds.

Our real estate agents work with many Las Vegas home buyers and sellers. We understand the big issues and we're here to assist you when you're ready. In the meantime, if you're struggling with the idea of selling versus not selling your home, here are a few questions to ask yourself.

Do you have enough home equity?

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April
10

How to Negotiate an Offer on Your Home
Arriving at a satisfactory sale price is something that home buyers and sellers both struggle with. Our real estate agents want to make sure you sell your home at a price that everybody's happy with. One of the best ways to get the right price for your house is to fine-tune your negotiating skills. 

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February
28

Closing Costs for Sellers
We all know how expensive buying a house can be, but it's easy to forget that sellers also have to pay their share of closing costs. In some cases, these fees can really add up, so if you're planning to list your Las Vegas home for sale, don't forget to factor in these closing costs for sellers:

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January
31

Landscaping Tips ROI
When you're getting your home ready for the market, it's easy to focus on making renovations and staging the interior, while neglecting one of the most important aspects – curb appeal. Whether a potential buyer is stopping at your open house or browsing an online listing of Las Vegas homes for sale, the first thing they will notice is your home's outward appearance.

First impressions are crucial, and boosting your curb appeal is one of the best things you can do to make a good impression. These easy landscaping fixes will make your home look great, and may even increase its value.

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November
1

10 Top Henderson Neighborhoods to Buy a Home
Henderson, Nevada is a unique, exciting community with a variety of entertainment options, a booming luxury real estate market, and appealing properties to fit every budget. When you're shopping for homes in Henderson it really helps to do your research about the city's many neighborhoods. Our REALTORS® have you covered, with a preview of the top 10 neighborhoods in Henderson.

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October
26

Las Vegas Halloween
There's never much of a chance that you'll run out of things to do in Las Vegas. The city offers an endless supply of fun and entertainment year-round, and that's never truer than at Halloween. 

From haunted houses and Halloween parties to spooky shows and festivals, this season is one of the best times to visit Las Vegas. We asked our real estate agents in the Las Vegas area for some of their favorite Halloween attractions, and the results did not disappoint.

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October
10

Las Vegas Smart Home Technology
When you begin your search for Las Vegas homes for sale, consider buying a house that includes smart home technology.  Smart home technology is a term that refers to homes that have appliances, lighting and security systems as well as heating and air conditioning units that are connected and operated remotely by the owner through a smartphone, tablet or other electronic device. 

Here are five reason to consider smart home technology for your home in Las Vegas.

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September
19

Home Improvement Projects That Pay Off
Want to maximize your property value before selling your home? Of course you do! 

There are certain home renovation projects that consistently add value and some--such as putting in the pool you've always wanted--that can actually scare potential buyers away.

The key to getting the most from selling your home is to carefully look at your remodeling options and choose the ones that fit your budget and timeline. The more you can do, the better your position will be when you are attracting buyers and negotiating a final price.

These seven remodeling projects can really make a difference:

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August
21

Can You Sell a Home with a Lien
One of the most frustrating things that can happen during a real estate transaction is for an unexpected snag to halt progress on a sale: A lien is one issue that can stop progress in its tracks. But what is a lien, and why does it cause so much trouble? A lien is a legal claim against your property, which a creditor makes in response to an unpaid debt. An unpaid lien can be a major headache when selling a house, and our real estate agents are here to help you understand how liens work, as well as how to resolve them.

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August
28

Moving Cross Country
Moving across the country is one of the most expensive types you may ever make. If you're relocating from the East Coast to a new home in Las Vegas, then making the most of your moving budget is essential. Our real estate agents have created this list of cross-country moving tips to make your move more affordable. 

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