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Blocked Light

 

  • 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