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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.
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
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