If you’re looking to sell your home but want a quick way to increase the asking price, the lighting might be the answer.
Buyers will be quick to judge your home on first impressions. If they notice dull and dark corners of the house when around for viewings, it might put them off from seeing the house’s true potential. Similarly, some buyers will be looking for a house that doesn’t require any work to be done before they move in. Therefore, finding ways to light up the home without breaking the bank could be the difference between selling and not.
Read on for our tips on how to use lighting to sell your home.
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Audit the current situation
Before tackling new light fixtures, first do an audit of the lighting in the house, room by room. Do an audit both in the day and night to see what areas are brightest and darkest.
There are so many different lighting tricks and fittings that can help brighten your home. If you’re looking to sell your house, you can get a free home evaluation from an expert. This will help you understand what areas of the house need improving to increase value. They’ll also be able to highlight the lighting problems that you might not have noticed. With that in mind, here are a few things you do:
Consider changing the furniture
More often than not, it’s not a lack of lighting that’s making the room feel stuffy. Dark woods or deep-colored furniture all create a dark feeling within the house. By using light woods for shelving and storage, and neutral soft furnishings, you might just find the room opens up and feels much more spacious.
Ensure bathrooms are as bright as possible, with vanity lighting if needed. As this is the place most people will get ready for the day, they need to be able to see how they look properly. Vanity lighting is essential if your bathroom doesn’t have much natural light.
In the kitchen, lighting is equally important. Under the counter lighting is great for a modern feel and will spruce up old cabinets if you can’t afford to refurbish them.
Hallway & Tread lighting
Stairways tend to have much less natural light than anywhere else in the house. Typically, there’s a window at the top and bottom but nothing in between. Similarly, this is where the lighting is usually placed too. Using tread lighting or sidewall lights will brighten this dark area of the house. It’ll also add a modern feel to the home.
Reflect the light
If your budget is limited, and you don’t think you can afford new light fittings, try using mirrors. Large mirrors in the hallway and bedroom will instantly make the space feel brighter. Not only will they add a luxurious feel to the home, but they will work hard to reflect daylight into all the right places.
Lastly, don’t forget to light up the exterior. Lighting down the path, at the side of the front door, or even on the patio will help create a wonderful ambiance for late Summer nights and also add extra security to your property too.