My house is dark and has blocked Light
This topic covers a wide range of issues with regard to blocked light when selling a home
Here are some key points to consider:
- 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. Also, keep in mind with regard to RPR’s that outbuildings should not just be taken down as that may affect your RPR.
- Oversized window valances or coverings are usually out of style and should be removed, in almost ALL cases
- 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
- 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 or white LED, this isn’t an office or hospital)
- 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
Opening and keeping open all window coverings is the first things 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.
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Interior Lighting and other Tips
Update all fixtures in the home, if budget allows. This has a great impact and first impression. Stay away from builder style pieces and go for the dressier ones.
I can consult with you on this and even have a Electrical contractor that can install them for you.
Improving the lighting in your home is an easy & Affordable way to add value fast.
REALTOR® One Percent Realty and Owner of Simply Irresistible Interiors
RESA Award Winning Home Stager
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