- How many windows are allowing light in and how many are being blocked?
- Trees and Shrubs should be cut back to allow as much light in as possible. Consult a professional on this subject so that the pruning does not kill the trees.
- Buildings can block light, but unless it is a portable shed or structure that could be taken down you are usually stuck with it so paint and interior lighting is the best course of action.
- Oversized window valances or coverings are usually out of style and should be removed
- Neighbor’s recreational vehicles may block light and perhaps they would consider moving them while you are selling? It doesn’t hurt to ask. Not to mention they are a visual eyesore.
- Awnings on decks should be fully closed for showings and if you have dated awnings on the front of your house remove them if the budget allows.
- Exterior roll down security shutters should remain fully open for all showings. This is not a time to hide the house!
- Use a bright light in the foyer and in the exterior light and leave it on at night
- Consider adding a mirror to entry to enlarge the area’s appearance
- Large pieces of interior furniture should be moved away from all windows, including headboards.
Opening and keeping open all window coverings is a first start and a MUST DO, regardless of the view. Buyers want to know what surrounds them when they are buying. Usually opening the coverings solves a lot of light problems. Having the windows professionally cleaned also will allow sunlight to burst through and give a great, clean first impression.
Interior Lighting and other Tips
Update all fixtures in the home
- Clean all windows, do both sides of panes
- Keep curtains & blinds open
- Clean all drapes, blinds and shutter (including exterior shutters)
- Choose the brightest incandescent bulb you can (no fluorescent)
- Clean all switch plates
- Add lamps to all rooms or dark corners
- Use existing lamps and change the darker shades out to a lighter one
- Turn all lights on for all showings and ensure exterior lighting works
- Paint all woodwork panels to a neutral or remove them completely
- Take out loud color furniture pieces or dark heavy wood furniture