Most home sellers and Realtors know that lighting is crucial when showing a house. Lighting warms rooms and creates ambiance. However, since having the lights on is so important they become points of focus and therefore can also be a negative distraction if they are old, outdated or in need of repair.
Updating the lighting fixtures in a marketed home is a relative small financial investment that can reap big rewards.
The big box DIY stores have updated fixtures that can measurably improve the WOW factor in any house. It is worth the money and the effort of installation to update light fixtures. Fixtures dating pre-80's and even 90's, give a negative impression.
I am often shocked by new homes that have contractor-grade, dated lighting fixtures. That message says, "I'm a low dollar house" and the results could mean a sales price that's lower than what is desired.
These are examples of some of the light fixtures that need replacing:
Sellers should also must keep the following in mind when preparing a home for sale, in regard to lighting. 1) Fixtures needs to shine, (no rust, no tarnish, no dust and no cobwebs, 2) All light bulbs must be working and need to be dust free, 3)Consider clear bulbs in fixtures where there is down light, 4) Add up-lights in dark corners and below silk plants for drama. 5) Add a timer to important fixtures if you will not be home to turn on the lights OR ask the Realtors to turn on the lights BEFORE the potential buyers come into the house. (2 minutes of preparation can make a lasting impression)
Dream Interior Redesign & Staging by Ginger Foust helps clients realize their dream of selling their home. To visit my website click here. For examples of lighting to use as replacements or photos of outdated lighting please contact me directly 559-877-2442.