When the Lights Go On {In Your Home}

August 17, 2018 / Selling


If you are preparing to put your home on the market, you may be considering how to enhance its selling potential. Do you need new countertops? Should you repaint? What about the floors? Depending on your space, this will vary for everyone. However, there is one thing that can help almost every home: the right lighting. This is important for both your listing photos and in-person showings.


Photos are often the first impression for potential buyers, and bright, quality images will far outshine those that are dull and dark. This is especially impactful for interested buyers who might not be able to visit your home  in person. When listing with us, our brokers often suggest working with a professional real estate photographer who will know how to work with your home’s existing lighting, and what time of day will be best to photograph your home. They can also make recommendations on how to prepare your rooms in advance for a photo shoot. You can make the photographer’s job a lot easier by already having installed and placed bright lighting throughout your home.


When prospective buyers walk through your home, you want them to feel connected to the space. The ambiance in a room can create an emotional response, and lighting can play a big role in making it feel just right. Walk through each room and make notes on how to enhance the space:


»  Open heavy curtains or replace them with sheers to let in more natural light.

»  Pull up blinds if you have impressive views, or leave them down but tilted open if privacy is important.

»  Hang mirrors on the walls of dark or small rooms to open up the space.

»  Add accent lighting behind plants, furniture, under cabinets or in a vase.

»  Replace old light bulbs with LED natural daylight bulbs for bright spaces like kitchens and bathrooms, and consider dimmable bulbs for floor lamps and bedrooms.

 »  If you’re interested in installing new fixtures, check out Houzz’s Guide to Common Light Fixtures and How to Use Them for tips on pot lights, track lights, pendants and more!  


If you feel too comfortable with your home and are having trouble looking at it with an analytical eye, invite a few friends over to get their perspective, or ask your listing agent for their professional advice. You will be pleasantly surprised to see how a few small changes can make a big difference!  



Pictured Above: 27 Limestone, Ogunquit (New Construction for Sale!)