Selling? Show Your House In The Right Light

If you're getting ready to put your house on the market, you're probably busy painting some of the dingy walls, shampooing your carpet and clearing the clutter. But, be sure you add something else to your list - strategic lighting. With the right lighting, the look of a room can turn from a mediocre appearance to a sensational look, making it look bigger, airier and more desirable. And best of all, it's inexpensive compared to other home decorating or remodeling options.

Lighting experts tell us there are 3 types of lighting - general (which gives overall light to an area and allows for safe function in your home, accent (highlights and draws attention to details, and task (helps you perform tasks). Lighting can also play tricks on the mind and enhance or minimize the physical size of a room.

A dark house is a definite turn-off to potential buyers. Not only will a dark house keep from getting a quick sale, but will cut down on the amount of money you'll get in offers. On the other hand, if you lighten up the dark areas, you will quickly improve the value of your property.

How you can improve your lighting and attract buyers, room by room:

  1. Any room. Use high-hats or recessed down-lights installed in ceilings with a dimmer switch.

  2. Bedroom. In addition to the above, add a floor lamp or table lamp, and bedside lights for reading.

  3. Bathroom. Angle recessed lighting to bounce light off walls and the ceiling will help reduce glare and shadows. Use wall mounted sconces or over the vanity lights beside the mirror. Light your shower's interior with uniform brightness.

  4. Kitchen. Task lighting is required here. Group down lights to focus more light on particular areas.

Today's decorative lamps and fixtures do more than illuminate. You can choose from decorative sconces, chandeliers and table/floor lamps in a variety of shapes, styles and finishes that can take a room from drab to dramatic with the flick of a switch.

If you're looking for a quick fix, replace all of the old fixtures. They typically run $40-$50 each. Be sure to get a fixture that produces 200-300 watts each.

Now, no matter which room, a prospective buyer will walk into a brightly lit room, and the room as well as the fixture will be modern and attractive. Once you've added a few strategic lamps and fixtures throughout your house don't leave potential buyers in the dark. Be sure to turn on all of the lights before you leave your house. You never know when your house may be shown to potential buyers.