When it comes to selling your Sherwood Park home, you need to keep in view that only a well-maintained home that looks attractive will have better chances of selling. It’s also why many homeowners hire the services of professional stagers before listing their home for sale. However, with my experience as one of Re/Max’s top 100 Realtors® worldwide, I’ve put together a number of other ways in which you can create a very welcoming and friendly atmosphere in your home.
De-cluttering the space, de-personalizing it, as well as completing minor repairs and upgrades can make a great impression on prospective buyers. While all of these are important, your efforts will be in vain if your house doesn’t have the right kind of lighting.
Create an Impact with The Right Lighting
A poorly illuminated home doesn’t look appealing and puts you at a disadvantage when it comes to selling your home. Dark and dingy areas can make indoor spaces seem small, dirty and uninviting, even when they aren’t. In fact, this can also make potential buyers feel that you deliberately have poor lighting to hide flaws in the features and installations. This can have a negative impact and you may find your home languishing on the market for a very long time.
When you illuminate your home, using the right kind of lighting effects and fixtures, it can go a long way in energizing and uplifting the look of your home at the next showing. Not only will you be able to showcase the key features in your home, in a much better way, but the rooms will look more spacious and clean as well.
Pointers To Get Your Home Lighting Right For A Sale
Let’s take a look at how you can upgrade the lighting in your home when selling:
1. Conduct a thorough audit
Turn on all the lights and open up the drapes, blinds, and curtains and look at all the areas objectively. Put yourself in the buyer’s shoes and make note of areas that need to be spruced up. Showings can happen at different times of the day, so it’s a good idea to carry out this exercise in the evening hours when the natural light isn’t great. Once you have a fair idea of which spaces need help you can move onto the next step.
2. Take a 360-degree view
There are times when lighting problems are associated with the décor and not with the actual lighting installations themselves. For example, dark wall paint, curtains, furniture polish, and furnishings can make the spaces look smaller than they are. This is something you need to keep in view while assessing every room. If you feel that you don’t have the budget, time or inclination to repaint the walls or do a major overhaul of the lighting, some of the things you can do are:
- Include colourful throw pillows, area rugs bedding and other bright-coloured accessories in the rooms.
- Add some mirrors to the walls; they will reflect the light and make the room look larger as well. It’s a good idea to add mirrors to rooms with smaller or poorly placed windows.
- Add some diffused lighting fixtures- these don’t have to be pricey, but ambient illumination helps add some dimension to the available space.
- Update or upgrade lighting bulbs and fixtures.
- Opt for LED lighting and choose soft light over white light bulbs. The yellow light will make the spaces look more inviting. In fact, LED bulbs will also generate less heat, making the indoor spaces more comfortable.
- Highlight features like textured walls, kitchen backsplashes, and granite countertops as well as other attractive details, with new lighting fixtures.
Exterior Lighting Matters
While you are sprucing up the look of the indoor spaces, don’t forget the outdoors. Well-planned exterior lighting
can go a long way in improving the curb appeal of your property. If you want to make a great impression on prospective buyers, ensure that the outdoor areas are tastefully lit. Train a couple of floodlights on the exterior walls, install a few pathway lamps and install sconces or down-lighting on walls surrounding your garage door.
Plan these lighting upgrades methodically and look for cost-effective options that are impactful. These small touches can go a long way in enhancing the appeal of your property before selling your house.
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