If you want to give your home the best chance of selling at the price you want, put a little light on the subject. After all, poor lighting can make a room look gloomy. And it’s well known in the real estate industry that buyers look for excellent lighting when shopping for a place to live. That means displaying the right combination of natural night, lamps and other sources of light.
This may seem obvious, but sunshine is a great way to light a room, so take down drapes and curtains and let the light shine in. Not only will this brighten a room, it will also help with your staging by making it easy for potential buyers to imagine what curtains, drapes and blinds they want to bring into each room. Also, be sure to clean the windows as they’ll be more prominent when curtains are taken out of the equation. Cleaning windows will also let the light shine brighter.
Lighting can also be used to showcase aspects of your home that you want to emphasize. While spotlight lamps are great for showcasing fireplaces or paintings, if you have dimmers, use them to create the right mood from room to room. If potential buyers look at your home when it’s darker outside, make the playroom bright and cheery and dim the lights in the dining room to set a more romantic mood.
It’s also important to take a good look at your fixtures and the shape they’re in. If they’re cracked, worn-out or just out of date, take the time to replace them. And go with something simple in order to appeal to the widest range of potential buyers. Incorporating simple fixtures into the space will also help you keep more money in your wallet while making it easier for buyers to imagine what fixtures they’d like to install. Don’t overlook light switches either—they can get worn out and stained after years of hands touching them. Make sure they’re clean, and buy new ones if necessary.
You’ll also want to be sure to pay particular attention to the kitchen and bathroom. Add high-wattage bulbs in the kitchen, particularly in cooking areas. If your bathroom needs a little sprucing up, the right light can go a long way toward creating a bright space.
If you’re simply looking to bring the lighting up a notch in your home, there are some simple, inexpensive ways to achieve this goal. Whether it’s buying bulbs with a higher wattage, cleaning your lampshades (or buying new ones), trimming trees/shrubbery or cleaning curtains and drapes, incorporating extra light into your home doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
By Keith Loria