Home Staging Tips: Lighting That Will Impress Buyers

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Home Staging Tips: Lighting That Will Impress Buyers

While the desire for a home filled with soft, natural light is one that buyers often have on their wish lists, it can be difficult to find one in the average real estate market without blowing the budget. Professional stagers, however, know that it is possible to make even a dark, gloomy home more attractive by maximizing existing light in the home and adding a bit of creative lighting, where needed.

Home sellers who want to take advantage of some of these helpful tips can start with the following list.

Maximizing existing light

The first staging trick to instantly brighten a home is to maximize any existing light. Some older places may suffer from very little natural light, but it is important to get any amount you can before moving forward. Doing this can include:

  • changing out dark, light absorbing paint, paneling, or wall paper with lighter, more light reflective colors
  • removing heavy drapes, blinds, and window coverings and making sure all window glass and screens are spotlessly clean to let more natural light into the home
  • replacing heavy shades with gauzy shades or sheer panels on windows that cannot be left bare due to privacy or functionality concerns
  • trimming or removing any trees, bushes or landscaping that covers or shades windows and prevents light from coming into the home
  • considering the installation of inexpensive light-gathering tubular skylights that collect exterior light and send it indoors using a system of mirrors

Using the right types of artificial light

Once sellers have maximized any potential for natural light, the next step is to make sure they are making the most of their current artificial interior lighting. To do this effectively, sellers need to understand the differences in most commonly available light bulbs and how these bulbs can affect the quality of the light in their home. This could involve a few small renovations

  • Incandescent bulbs are the most common and offer warm, inviting light that improves skin tones and works well in conversation areas and places where family members typically gather or spend time, such as dining rooms and in living areas and bedrooms
  • Halogen bulbs give off a white light that is often considered to be most like natural daylight, perfect for use in kitchens, bathrooms and other areas where high quality light is needed
  • Fluorescent or compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs are known to save energy and provide good quality lighting for spaces such as garages, laundry rooms, and storage areas
  • Light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs are extremely energy efficient and long lasting but are best limited to areas where their focused, directional beams of light are particularly useful and attractive, such as under kitchen cabinets, in task areas, on shelving, or over a mantel

In addition to using the right bulb for the area and lighting need, sellers can also maximize the lighting potential of artificial lighting by making sure that all light fixtures and lamps are working correctly and their shades and bases are clean and attractive. Dusty shades, hazy glass, or grimy ceiling fan blades and globes can all detract from both the quality of the light and the overall appeal of the room.

For more tips on using light to enhance the appearance of a home and make it more appealing to prospective buyers, sellers should ask their listing agent to tour their home with them before the listing date. Their agent can point out areas of the home that are suffering from poor lighting and help sellers determine the best way to correct them.

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