Advice You May Need if Selling Your Home

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Pre-marketing ideas from a home stager...

Caught my eye and I wanted to pass this along to those who are preparing to sell.  Selling a home takes more than signing paperwork and letting buyers in the door.  The pre-marketing preparation that goes on days or weeks before can mean the difference between getting your home sold and more importantly the price that you get for the home.  

These ideas from this home staging professional are key on and this blog post is one to bookmark or pass along to anyone preparing to sell a home.  


Original content by Shar Sitter

I was at a home yesterday doing a Home Staging Consultation and I ran into an issue that I see over and over again. Lack of light!

Plain and simple.....buyers do not like dark houses. I think you could look at hundreds of feedback comments on homes and never see "The house just had too much natural light." or "The  house was just too bright." You just never hear that.

But you do hear, "The house was so dark." or "Boy there just wasn't any natural light."

Perhaps your home has all of it's windows facing north or it was built in the decades when installing ceiling/recessed lighting wasn't a common practice. It's okay. It's an easy fix!!

Lamps, lamps and more lamps. An easy and inexpensive fix to any room.

A Few Tips:

  • In a living area such as a family room, great room or living room: Use 3 lamps in a triangular pattern. This will spread the light well throughout the room.




  • One floor lamp is okay but don't use three floor lamps. Table lamps are needed on the end tables.


  • In a Master Bedroom two lamps on either side of the bed on the nightstands is a must. Make these large lamps to frame out and accent the bed nicely.



Creekside Bedroom WM After


  • All other bedrooms at least one nightstand with a lamp on it.


  • Use as high of wattage as possible in all lamps. A minimum of 100 watts (or equivalent lumens) and even better a lamp with a 3 way bulb up to 150 watts (or equivalent lumens). Watts and lumens are another whole topic so stay tuned!  

Light bulb


  • Use white or cream lampshades that will allow a lot of light through. Dark colored lamp shades are great ambiance lighting but not great for selling.


  • If you have ceiling lights as the only light source in the room where lamps cannot be added (such as a kitchen, dining room or hallway), make sure your light fixture allows a lot of wattage. You may need to get a new light fixture or buy LED light bulbs that have more lumens.


Butlers Pantry


My advice to you if you are selling your home. Walk through your home on a dreary day and in the evening. Is it bright and well lit in every room? How many lamps do you have? You may need to put a lamp buying trip on your to do list!


Shar Sitter, owner Rooms With Style Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis MN.
CHSE and APSD Home Stager Pro Trainer



Premier Home Staging and Redesign Firm Serving the Entire Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN Area


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Teri Pacitto Group, Cal BRE #00997649

Broker Associate, REALTOR® | SFR®, CLHMS, CDPE, CHS®

RE/MAX Olson & Associates, Inc. 

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Comments (13)

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Nice re-post on this one Teri. I must admit I missed it the first time around...good stuff.

Jan 14, 2017 09:44 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Shar is a smart cookie, and so are you for recognizing this valuable post. In the Pacific Northwest a lack of light is always a problem, homes filled with light sell faster. D

Feb 07, 2017 09:13 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Teri you picked a good one  have not  seen much of  @Shar Sitter and interestingly the taggind does not work for her....

Feb 10, 2017 11:10 PM
Shar Sitter

I wonder why it didn't work Endre Barath, Jr.? I didn't get notified about this reblog either until someone just told me a month later! Ugh.

Feb 16, 2017 07:28 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Teri, great re-blog and Shar does such a beautiful job in staging homes for sale, with excellent advice.

Feb 13, 2017 05:37 AM
Nina Rogoff
Boston, MA
Wix Websites for Real Estate Agents

Hi, Teri...this is such an easy fix but sometimes hard for Sellers' to see. Thanks for sharing Shar's post!

Feb 15, 2017 09:05 PM
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Thank you for the reblog Teri. My apologies for not thanking you sooner but I didn't get notified but Nina just mentioned it on my post. Thanks again!

Feb 16, 2017 07:29 AM
Teri Pacitto
Compass - Westlake Village, CA
Real Estate, Your Style...Your Home...My Specialty

Shar Sitter ...thank you and also for your wonderful posts.  Preparing is one of the first things I discuss with sellers and your ideas help.  

Feb 16, 2017 07:35 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for reblogging the post. I hope sellers will read it too 

Feb 26, 2017 03:26 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Teri, looks like you are really busy and have no time to blog.   Hope you are enjoying great sales! 

Mar 01, 2017 10:52 AM
Teri Pacitto
Not the reason I reblogged that great post but thanks for stopping by.
Mar 01, 2017 01:26 PM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Nice reblog.  I don't know Shar but I will go check out her page too.  I hope you have a great weekend! -Kasey

Mar 03, 2017 10:05 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Great one to re-blog, Teri and Shar Sitter is so right - it's ALL about the prep - the most important part of the transaction. It dictates what price you'll get and how quickly it will sell!

Apr 16, 2017 08:44 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Teri Pacitto! I just popped by to see how you're doing - and was reminded of this post again too.

Hope you're having a fantastic week!  

Oct 31, 2017 09:00 PM
Teri Pacitto
Compass - Westlake Village, CA
Real Estate, Your Style...Your Home...My Specialty

Debe Maxwell, CRS   Doing great but can’t believe it’s November already.  Nice to hear from you as well.

Nov 01, 2017 07:07 AM