Home Staging Tips ~ Lighten And Brighten Your Home When Selling It!

Reblogger Joan Cox
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 DRE# ER40011786

Selling a dark home can be quite a challenge, and painting, changing/adding light fixtures can change the look for a room.    Linda has done a great job talking about how Light and Bright does make a difference in selling a home.

Original content by Linda D. Pufford

Home Staging Tips ~ Lighten And Brighten Your Home When Selling It!

Studies have shown that by Lightening and Brightening your home you can improve the value and can increase your salability.  HomeGain conducts a Nationwide Study each year on the Top 11 Do-It-Yourself Home Improvements to make that can add thousands of dollars to the sale of your home and what kind of a Return on Investment (ROI) it can make.  Lightening and Brightening came in as #2 on their 2011 Survey. 

Whether it's updating your Light Fixtures or Painting a Room a Lighter Color to Lighten and Brighten the look, it will help potential buyers see themselves living in the home.  A home should feel and look Light and Airy.  It should have the feel of being Open and Spacious which will give the appearance of more Square Footage.

A home that appears dark can also feel Cold or Closed in and does not welcome the buyer's in.  Most of all if a house is well lit it shows a buyer that there is nothing to hide and it's presents itself as a home that is well maintained.  So when selling your home do your best to Lighten and Brighten each room.  Also turning on all your Lights for Online Photos really helps the 90% of Savvy Buyers who are looking online to purchase a home.

The list below will give you the ROI for your Area or Region.

Home Improvements ~ Region

Lighten and Brighten  ~ Western

Typical Cost ~ $250.

Price Increase ~ $1,250.

Return on Investment ~ 400%

Percentage of Realtor's Recommending ~ 93%

Lighten and Brighten ~ Midwest

Typical Cost ~ $350.

Price Increase ~ $1,250.

Return on Investment ~ 257%

Percentage of Realtor's Recommending ~ 94%

Lighten and Brighten ~ Southern

Typical Cost ~ $150.

Price Increase ~ $1,250.

Return on Investment ~ 733%

Pecentage of Realtor's Recommending ~ 98%

Lighten and Brighten ~ Eastern

Typical cost ~ $250.

Price Increase ~ $1,700.

Return on Investment ~ 600%

Percentage of Realtor's Recommending ~ 97%


Let your home stand out above the competition!


The Before and After Photos below will show how changing out the doors in a hallway can Lighten and Brighten the Space.

The After Photo shows how Lightening and Brightening the space makes it feel much more inviting!

Even Kitchen Cabinets can be Painted to give them an updated feel and Lighten and Brighten the Space!

The Kitchen now has a whole new look!

A Family Room before updating and painting!

Updating the Light Fixture and Painting the room helped this room come alive!


"You never get a second chance....  to make a Great First Impression!"


Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, IAHSP

Accredited Staging Professional MASTER

Real Estate/Home Staging ~ Interior Redesign ~ Color Consulting




Serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area



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Torgie Madison
Quicksilver Real Estate Solutions, LLC - Portland, OR
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Oh wow, what a differences a layer of paint can make! Thanks for the re-blog, another great one I missed.

Jun 14, 2011 06:04 AM #1
Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager

Hi Joan,

Thanks so much for re-blogging my post.  I really appreciate it...  and I am very honored that you would do so!  Thanks again my friend!

Jun 14, 2011 03:38 PM #2
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Torgie, Linda did a great job with this one, and wanted to get it out again!

Linda, you did a GREAT JOB, and you are welcome!

Jun 15, 2011 02:24 AM #3
Karen Hawkins, MBA - Langley & Surrey, BC
Royal Pro Real Estate Network - Langley, BC

Wow, what a difference a bit of "lightening up" does to a space!  Great re-blog, Joan - I missed this on the first go-round!

Jun 15, 2011 07:26 AM #4
Paul Gapski
Berkshire Hathaway / Prudential Ca Realty - El Cajon, CA
619-504-8999,#1 Resource SD Relo

thank you very much for the informative and interesting post. I get so much out of the active rain network.

Apr 06, 2012 12:37 AM #5
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