5 Home Lighting Mistakes that Homeowners & Real Estate Agents Should Know

5 Home Lighting Mistakes that Homeowners & Real Estate Agents Should Know

Lighting is one of the most important aspects of a home showing. Real estate agents routinely turn on every lamp and overhead light to make the home sufficiently bright during an Open House and walk ahead of the prospective buyer flipping on lights when showing a home. Is this the right approach? There are aspects of lighting & brightening that can detract from the home’s appeal to potential buyers. The lighting in your home can completely transform its personality, but too often, the wrong lighting can make your home seem uninviting. Here are five common lighting mistakes you could be making, and how to avoid them.

Too many bright overhead lights

Bright, artificial lighting can make a home look stark and severe. Ideally, aim for a more natural-looking light or one that can be dimmed for a softer look. Dimmers can help to achieve just the right amount of light, no matter what time of day it is, and can make a home feel warm and inviting.

Lighting only one part of the room

If you’re only relying on overhead lights, you’re not doing the home justice. Lighting should be used to highlight the home’s best assets as much as it is used for practical purposes. Consider adding some uplights to brighten dark corners, add a few table lamps for isolated bursts of illumination, and even consider adding lights at floor level for nighttime use so you can see where you’re walking.

Too much-recessed lighting

A little of a good thing goes a long way, but adding too many recessed lights, ceiling and walls start to feel off-balance. Besides, changing recessed bulbs can be a pain, so limit pot lights to a few carefully placed fixtures for maximum impact.

Forgetting about wattage

The higher the wattage, the brighter the bulb, but does the dining room really need 100-watt bulbs? Sometimes bright lights are great, like task lighting in the kitchen for cooking, or in the living room during the day. However, you really want softer light in bedrooms in keeping with the relaxing purpose of the room, and in the dining room to set the mood while enjoying food with family and friends (– think about the effect that candlelight has on a table setting!), so unless the room has a dimmer (they really are so useful), try bulbs with different wattages for different purposes, to make the home as comfortable and inviting as possible.

Ignoring closets and storage spaces

If you routinely spend time blindly digging around in a dark closet or searching through boxes in a storage closet for that one item you need but can’t see, you know how important adequate lighting is for these often-forgotten spaces. Buyers will open closets and cupboards to see how much storage they can hold. Imagine their delight when the area lights up to reveal a well-organized and bright space where everything is visible! If these areas are lacking a proper light fixture, consider installing a battery-powered light or have an electrician install a light. You’ll be glad you did!

Visit Prep’N’Sell today for more great tips on improving your home before it goes to market, so you can maximize your return on what is likely your most valuable asset!

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