I’m sure you’ve heard it before: buyers want “light and bright.” And it’s true. When buyers walk into your house, they want to get a sense of warmth and comfort that makes them feel like they’ve found their new home. Great lighting can go a long way in making buyers love your home and buy it fast. Here are a few tips to help buyers see your home in the best light.
1. More is more.
This is one of the rare occasions when the old adage, “less is more,” just isn’t true. There’s an exception to every rule, so when staging your home, the more light, the better! Buyers want to walk into a home that’s bright and cheery, not dark and dreary, so let that light shine! Make sure you have ample lamps and light fixtures, especially in rooms that don’t get much natural light.
2. Keep them burning.
Remember to keep those lights turned on for showings. The best practice is to turn all the lights on when you leave the house. That way you’ll be certain buyers and agents will walk into a space that’s well lit. First impressions are lasting, so you don’t want buyers to be standing in the doorway saying “wait for it, wait for it…” as the agent searches for the light switches. Instead, wow them as soon as they walk in the door with a welcoming, pre-lit home!
3. Take it to the max (wattage, that is).
Energy-conscious folks (like myself), love to save on wattage where we can, but home staging is not a good time for that! The higher the wattage, the brighter the light, so max it out. Check your fixtures, find the little sticker that tells you the highest allowable wattage, and then change your bulbs accordingly. If that floor lamp can take a maximum 100 watt bulb, don’t use a 40 watt because it will be too dim. More is more, remember?
4. Modernize it.
If you have old light fixtures, swap them out for something new to give your home a more modern feel. Dated light fixtures suggest to buyers that your home needs work, and that can be a turn off if they’re looking for a home that’s move-in-ready. Replacing old fixtures with new ones is an easy way to freshen up your home’s overall appearance and give your buyers one less thing to worry about. The more items you can check off a buyer’s to-do list, the better.
5. Don’t worry about being too matchy-matchy.
While you do want to make sure your lamps and light fixtures are up to date, you don’t have to make them all match. Instead, focus on lighting that compliments your home’s style and furnishings.
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by Jennifer Westbrook | Main Stage Home Staging & Organizing