We'll Leave the Light on for You! (And the heat, too)

Home Stager with Staging Seattle, King & Snohomish Counties

During these cold, dark winter months in the Seattle area, it is important to welcome prospective buyers to your vacant home.  The exterior lights should be on timers so they are on at dusk and off at day break. 

Interior lamps (not overhead lights) should also be on when it gets dark outside.  We suggest leaving the lamps on 24/7 or put them on timers to go on around 3 p.m. and off about 10 p.m.

Buyers will often drive by your listing prior to scheduling a tour.  If your house looks warm and inviting, a positive first impression has been made.

And remember...keep the temperature comfortable, no lower than 66 degrees.  A cold house will send buyers fleeing back to their warm car!

Staging by SISTERS Interior Redesign, Edmonds, WA, 425.776.7890, www.sistersredesign.com

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Comments (72)

Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

You are so absolutely right!! Great post!! Love your staging. as always it is stunning.

Dec 17, 2009 10:03 AM
Shirin Sarikhani
Seattle Staged To Sell www.seattlestagedtosell.com - Seattle, WA

I agree with you and I understand your point, since I'm from Seattle too. I wished all of my clients would follow this advice. I always remind them, but sometimes, few clients feel that it is important to keep everything off and lo to save money. However, it is all about that first impression!!!! Thanks for the post.

Dec 17, 2009 01:06 PM
Jane Ann Lance, ASPM, IAHSP, WCR
Mobile, AL

Great post with good comments!  We always supply timers for our (unoccupied) staged listings - on at 10, off at 6.  BTW, we previewed a house today for a potential staging that had the electricity turned off!  Poor thinking from the seller.  If and when an offer were ever to come, it's going to be really low.  It's not about the selller, it's all about the BUYER.  Woo the buyer, and the offer will come! (My tagline, ad nauseum!)

Dec 17, 2009 01:13 PM
BethAnn Long
RE/MAX of Spokane - Spokane, WA
Realtor, CRS, e-PRO, CLHMS Spokane Wa Real Estate

Amen! great reminder during these winter months.

Dec 17, 2009 02:33 PM
Sandi Gerrard
Toronto, ON

Beautiful room, and good advice.  It's unfortunate that many people hesitate to leave all those lights on because of the increased electricity costs !

Dec 18, 2009 12:02 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I have often showed houses in Virginia in the winter and it was frigid inside.  Also, when I was an agent in Florida and showed houses with no utilities in the summer, the buyer could not stand the heat long enough to get a good look!

Dec 18, 2009 02:00 AM
Scott Taylor
Realty Center - Orlando - Ocoee - Orlando, FL

Here in Florida, we have to turn up the a/c during showings in the summer, LOL. They'll stay longer if it's really cool inside!

Dec 18, 2009 02:56 AM
Diana Young
Staging Seattle, King & Snohomish Counties - Edmonds, WA

I'm overwhelmed by the response to this humble little post!   Thanks for sharing, everyone!

Dec 18, 2009 05:38 AM
Mike Woods

Most important to leave lights on, especially in basements where it's dark and you have to feel around for a switch. Not only is that annoying it could be hazardous.

Dec 18, 2009 06:02 AM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 116 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

A nice reminder to leave the temp and everything else at a comfortable setting for prospective buyers!

Dec 18, 2009 11:12 AM
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Orange County, CA

Congratulations on your feature! You've given some very good advice. Rarely do I see lights on timers in vacant homes.

Dec 18, 2009 11:58 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

I am so tired of showing freeing homes.. guess how long the buyers want to stay??? We have had -20 to -40 degrees..... NEXT ... let's try a warm home.

Dec 18, 2009 01:09 PM
Lynn Crawford
A Different View - Olney, MD
Staging DC & Maryland

Diana - We definitely need the heat on today. We're in the middle of an unheard "blizzard" warning. The following photo is of my back yard a few minutes ago. We've got a foot of snow on the ground and another foot coming. First time since the 1800's that the Washington DC area has had this much snow so early.

 No staging jobs today! It will probably take several days to dig out.

Dec 19, 2009 04:30 AM
Welcome Home Staging & Furniture Rental
Valesca Bogard - Roseville, CA

"the devil's in the details" ! Always fascinating how the simple things make such a huge impact - and are so frequently forgotten ! Timers, and energy efficient bulbs are priceless. Congrats on the featured post.

Dec 19, 2009 09:14 AM
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Amazing how some of the simple things are forgotten.  I've always put up timers so the house doesn't look vacant.  I thought it was normal part of staging a vacant home.

Turning the heat down real low actually hurts the house.  The humidity builds up in a hous when the temps are too low and that's bad for the house.

Dec 19, 2009 09:55 PM
Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells

Hi Diana,

I think half the goal of staging is to get the buyer to come in, sit down and experience the house.

                                               Nobody wants to experience a meat locker.

Dec 21, 2009 05:35 PM
Diana Young
Staging Seattle, King & Snohomish Counties - Edmonds, WA

Susan - You are so right about the goal of staging.  The "meat locker" comment ed me up!  My first "real job" was at Baskin & Robbins (ice cream store) when I was 15 years old.  None of us who worked there looked forward to going into the walk-in ice cream freezer.  Ah, memories!

Dec 22, 2009 09:39 AM
Gary Swanson
Century 21 Harris & Taylor - Grants Pass, OR

Great post Diana.  There's nothing worse than taking prospective buyers into a cold, dark house.

Dec 23, 2009 05:19 AM
Wendy Carroll
Coeur d'Alene, ID

So very, very important!  We staged a home that was freezing (prompting us to include "home must be maintained at a reasonable temperature" into our contract) and it turned out the furnace wasn't working right.  The Realtor had no idea until we asked for heat!

We go to great lengths to make sure there is pleasant, warm lighting but we fear most Realtors don't turn them on.  Oh, well, we can only try.


Dec 27, 2009 04:29 AM
Valerie Sagheddu
Apostle Art Home Staging & Design - Stroudsburg, PA
~Home Staging Professional, Poconos, PA

A cold house is never good. I try to put at least 2 lights on timers.

Jan 25, 2010 01:01 AM