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Sell Your House The “Light” Way

Selling your home the light way

If you were to ask an interior designer how to sell your house in the right manner, he/she would without hesitation, tell you that interior, room by room lighting is the way to go about it.

Unlike most other homes, if you live in a house that has a huge abundance of natural light, you should capitalize on it. The price of your house will not change considering how much natural light it gets, but its orientation will have an effect on the price.

Before the home staging process to show off the advantages of your house, remember that the first impression generated on the potential buyer is the last impression too. Hence, you need to work hard to achieve the favourable effect and it can be done by lighting. If your house is well lit and looks spacious, inviting, and warm, then half your job is done with the ball in the buyer’s court.

Here’s how you can sell your house based on tactical and strategic lighting for every room:

1. A Light Audit:

Go ahead and open all the doors, windows, curtains, and blinds of each room to assess the spaces through a buyer’s eyes. Snapshots on your cellphone can spot the weak areas that have poor luminosity. House staging can happen at any time of the day with lots of buyers preferring the evening, after work.

2. Light Bulb Replacement:

Before you do anything to sell your house, replace all the light bulbs in your house with new ones. Don’t try to shave a penny or a pound off quality lights as that eventually could cost you the entire deal. You need to replace the yellowing and darkish tint that old light bulbs emit.

If you have to brighten a room up, go for high lumen output or the amazing cool white or daylight LED light bulbs that make a difference in a trice. You might overlook the exterior lighting, so invest in porch lights, floodlights, and string lights to make your home stand out to the buyer in the evening from a distance.

3. Window Cleaning:

Selling your home the light way

To enhance the natural sunshine in your house, clean both sides of all windows on all floors. It is not as hard as it looks and paper, rags and a good cleaning agent can do this for you. If you do not have the time, there are professional window cleaners who do a great job. If you are doing it yourself, wipe the windows in circles so that streaks do not appear after drying.

4. Addition Of Lighting:

The formula for calculating the exact wattage to use in a particular room can be found by multiplying the room’s width by height by 1.5. The more lighting in a room, the brighter it will be. To make things interesting, ensure that each room has different light sources, and this can be achieved economically with different designs and colour temperatures of lamps.

5. Mirrors:

Strategic use of mirrors, large and small, will increase the perceived depth of a room and can also make the place appear in “good light”.  If you have a large room, place large-sized mirrors to enhance the room’s shine and sparkle.

One common trick is to place a large mirror opposite to the window so that the maximum amount of light pervades the room. Be judicious with the number of mirrors, lest you turn your home into a funhouse.

6. Wall Paints:

If you have dark walls, you need to add lights that will diffuse the look of the wall and accentuate the illumination to give the potential buyer a good idea of the room’s dimensions.

7. Additional Lighting Options:

If the current lights are not doing a good job, call for specialist lighting to make up for it. This includes desk lamps, bedside lamps, and under-cabinet lighting that will highlight the best areas of the room to your advantage. The bathroom is another area that needs proper lighting, vanity lights here have to be consistent as well as bright with scones by the mirror achieving this purpose.

If you have a man cave in your house, table lamps, floor lamps, and torchieres will make it hugely attractive during the home viewing process. Go for accent lighting to draw attention to items like bookshelves and mantles. If you have tread lighting, the staircase gets a makeover and a safety upgrade.

If you see the ceiling bathed in shadows, it means your light source is too low. Add track lighting, ceiling fixtures, and pendants if they seem appropriate to redress this issue.

8. Light Coloured Walls:

Selling your home the light way

When your home is not getting enough natural light, the second-best thing to do is to paint the walls in a light and neutral colour before potential buyers start their visits. The ceiling also needs painting in the same manner. Beiges, greys, and whites all make good choices.

9. Replacing Heavy Curtains:

With heavier curtains, natural sunlight doesn’t get a chance to shine in your house. Go for white and sheer curtains to lend a touch of class and accent to the windows, both moot points for a buyer.

Concluding Thoughts

The abundance or shortage of light plays a decisive factor in the case of home selling and home staging. With a minimal investment, you can make your house sell for more if you pay proper attention to its lighting.

Coupled with a home staging video shot in mid-day, your house stands a good chance of bringing in substantial returns and a profit in the making when it gets picked up for a premier price.


About Nicky Walker

Nicola is a lighting specialist at The Lightbulb Company with a keen awareness of the important role lighting plays in our everyday lives. She enjoys discovering new ways in which lighting can affect science, mental health and of course, most of all, reduce our carbon footprints.

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