Replace Burned Out Bulbs When Selling Your House

Real Estate Agent with Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827

When potential buyers walk through your home, you want them to get a warm and fuzzy feeling. You don't want them distracted by things that are wrong with the house.

So here's a tip that will cost the seller five to thirty dollars. 

Replace the burned out light bulbs!

Light bulbs

Consciously or subconsciously the buyers may be asking what else is wrong with the house.

If the owners don't even bother to replace light bulbs, what other maintenance are they neglecting?

  • Are they servicing the furnace? Are they even changing or cleaning the furnace filters?
  • Have they shortened the lifespan of the furnace, the central air, the water heater?
  • Are they cleaning the gutters or are they overflowing and rotting the wood behind the gutters?
  • Are they taking care of the plumbing system or are we going to find problems after we move in?
  • Are they neglecting the roof, the foundation, the crawl space?
  • What other systems are being neglected?


Why plant the seeds of negativity when you can take ten minutes and replace burned out bulbs?


Comments (12)

Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Thanks for pointing out obvious things sellers ignore.  Thanks

Consciously or subconsciously the buyers may be asking what else is wrong with the house.

Nov 17, 2017 03:29 AM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

This is absolutely true, Dave. I deal with it more in rentals and it's amazing how someone lives with over half their bulbs burned out or missing!

Nov 17, 2017 04:45 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Dave, we see this all the time, and it doesn't take much effort to get them changed out.  Great post.

Nov 17, 2017 06:04 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is very good advice to share with home sellers.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

Nov 17, 2017 06:07 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Dave. This is such a little thing but really matters. I agree completely.

Nov 17, 2017 06:53 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Little things like that shows a lot about the pride of the home owner

Nov 17, 2017 07:50 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Dave, I've always considered things like burnt out light bulbs (or entirely missing!) to be like the loose thread on a sweater.  People just HAVE to pull it!

Nov 20, 2017 10:10 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes™- by eXp Realty - Vancouver, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

You are so right with this one Dave. It does make you wonder what else they are able to ignore in regards to routine maintenance for their home. Not a good sign. D 

Dec 19, 2017 08:28 AM
Lynda White
Bluegrass Homes & Farms Realty, Agent Know How - Louisville, KY
Admin. Mgr., Keller Williams Realty

They probably thought they were being smart by passing that cost on to the new

Jan 18, 2018 07:53 AM
Lane Yates
Yates Realty Inc. - Charlotte, NC
Lake Norman NC Homes & Charlotte NC Homes

Very Good Article Dave. 
We take a variety of extra bulbs with us when we do open houses and we turn on every light when we show homes. 

Feb 15, 2018 07:42 PM
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

I always think about what they are trying to hide by keeping the lighting from illuminating the room. It is a red flag when there are things like this that help point out potential areas the owner does not address.

Apr 25, 2018 08:48 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Dave Halpern 

Burnt out lightbulbs is so annoying! I can't understand why people neglect such any easy task that anyone can do!

Jun 21, 2018 06:42 AM