For those keeping up with our website, you will know that last time we began to address the issue of lighting within a home. This is a major component of home selling, and one that can easily fall by the wayside when the home-selling process really gets underway. Today we want to again hammer home the concept that lighting is one of the most important components in the possible sale of your home, and one that you would do well to not ignore.
Our last post dealt with windows & drapes. Specifically, we talked about cleaning, replacing, and generally tending to the sources of direct sunlight entering your home. Unfortunately, not everyone has the luxury of living in a place where the sun streams through the eastern facing windows in the morning and then through the western facing ones at the end of the day. In fact, it is entirely possible that your home has windows that look out onto a dark alley, or that the sun manages to arc just so that it never actually hits any of your windows full on.
If you find yourself in this situation, don’t despair! There are still plenty of things that you can do to ensure that your home is bright and cozy-looking for all prospective buyers.
First off, it is still worthwhile to clean the windows and wash/replace the curtains. Even if you don’t get direct sunlight, the freshness that clean windows and curtains impart to a home is key.
Once that’s finished, it’s time to look at the lighting fixtures. Examine your overhead lights and your standing lamps. Are they old? Dirty? Do they give off a soft light or are they fitted with a harsh high-watt bulb? You’ll be surprised at just how much the look and feel of your rooms will change after you begin to go through and replace the antiquated and dingy fixtures with things that are more modern and clean.
New lamps don’t need to be excessively costly or ornate. In fact, the simpler the better on this one as it is important for prospective buyers to be able to see themselves living in the home but with their own tastes incorporated into the design scheme. You will be happy you spend some time and a little money to improve the lighting as soon as the door opens and prospective buyers enter the space.