Buyers are demanding more natural lighting in their homes. As a society, we are overwhelmed with florescent lighting at work and now with the removal of incandescent light bulbs, it is even more important. Many people do not realize the hazards of CFL’s to their health and wellbeing, but I will save that for another blog!
Natural Lighting and Exposure
One of the top things buyers look for is natural lighting. Dreary homes are not appealing. Lighting comes in two forms, artificial and natural. Natural lighting is most affected by the direction a home faces. Homes that face South/North are less sought after than those that face East/West. This is because north facing homes are in grayness all day, as they never gets sun exposure. Add to this cold dark Canadian winters and you have a dreary home by default.
East/West exposures benefit from sunrises and sunsets and will have some yard in the sunshine depending on the lay of the land. It often allows for great breakfasts in a sunny kitchen!
While you cannot turn your home around, there are things you can do to add natural lighting to your home. First remove all overgrown shrubbery from blocking your windows.
You can also ensure better lighting by keeping the windows and screens free of dirt and cobwebs. Regularly washing windows goes a long way. Awnings are also a major offender in blocking light and unless you are actually trying to do that, then take them down.
The interiors of darker rooms can be lightened up as well. To start, remove heavy furniture and drapes from windows and install lighter weight sheers. Adding Solar tubes is a great option also and can be an asset when you go to sell, as long as it is professionally installed. Staircases and north facing rooms benefit from this feature.
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Solar tubes are an aluminum tube shaped product that is installed with a small hole in your roof. The tube is bent through your rafters, bouncing natural light in to the room you choose via a small flat round window that is installed in your ceiling. It creates a mini skylight at an affordable price. Solar tubes also eliminate the need for lighting during the day, especially in closets and hallways, which saves on electricity bills as well.
Adding value through some small investments can really boost your marketability when it’s time to sell. And if you plan ahead you can enjoy these features for a while too!
For information on staging and pre- renovation consultations prior to Listing your home, or for a Free Market Evaluation on your home call Jill Turgeon at 780-218-7444