5 Tips for how to make your home light & bright
Home staging is simply about preparing a home to sell for top dollar and in the shortest amount of time possible. There are many aspects to successfully staging a property for sale – start here because these tips work for every house every time. While choosing the right furniture and accessories to really maximize the appeal of the home is critical – it is only part of staging. The list of things to do when staging can be long and exhausting. The cleaning, packing, depersonalizing…it seems to go on and on and on.
As a professional home stager I can help you manage the process as little, or as much, as works for you and your budget. If you are more inclined to handle the projects yourself know you can have a tremendous impact on the listing quality of your home. Your effort will pay off on closing day – and hopefully – sooner than later!
At this point you should have already cleaned and de-cluttered your home. Now it is time to make your house look “light and bright”. Lighting can be used to draw a buyer’s attention to the positive attributes of your home and to detract from any negatives. Lighting designers are becoming more and more popular because of the dramatic impact lighting has on a space. Its value is tremendous. I’ve never heard of anyone looking to buy a dark and dreary home for top dollar – but – buyers will certainly pay for light and bright.
Not all homes get great natural light, especially those built in suburban areas. Often the homes are too close together to get great light even if they do have fabulous windows. Sometimes the windows are more plentiful on a shaded part of the home. There are many reasons, and luckily solutions as well. These 5 tips for how to make your home light & bright will things will help you get your home out of the dark and into the light:
- Clean the windows – both inside and out. When you look in or out of the same windows day after day it is difficult to notice the dusty film that settles on the glass. Both sides of each window must be cleaned. Take the screens off and clean those too. You will be surprised how much light is blocked by dusty screens and windows.
- Adjust curtain rods to reach well outside the window frame. Make sure the proportions are equal on all windows of the same room. If the rods stretch 8 inches past the side of the window frame on one window make the rods stretch 8 inches past the frame on all other windows in the room. Sometimes you will have architectural features of a room that set the limit for all windows in the space. Keep the size consistent with these limitations in mind. Open the curtains so that they are gathered in the space outside the window frame so that you are not blocking any of the glass with the fabric of the curtain. The curtains will only be covering wall space leaving the valuable glass space open to let the light in.
- Pull blinds open as far to the top of the window casing as is possible. This lets in much more light than just opening blinds horizontally. You will probably have a long length of pull chord hanging. Either gather it neatly and let it sit in the window sill or tuck it in between two blind slats gathered at the top of the window. Don’t leave it hanging to the floor because that looks messy. You don’t want anything to look messy.
- Trim any foliage blocking a window area outside the home. Manicuring outdoor spaces is one of the top must do items when preparing your home for sale. Make certain any plants blocking windows are trimmed in a manner that looks neat and allows light to pass into your home. Don’t allow plants to block windows.
- Add lamps to the room – and use the brightest bulb you can as directed by the lamp manufacturer. Don’t ever settle for a 40 watt bulb when you can use a100 watt bulb. The lighting difference is dramatic. You need the light so don’t settle for less than what you can use. Don’t leave dark corners. Place a small table with a lamp or a floor lamp if necessary to brighten the space. Each room should have 3 types of light. Ambient – the general lighting of a room (ceiling light); task – such as a reading lamp; and accent – such as a floor lamp in the corner of a room that emphasizes the height of a ceiling. Make sure you have all three in every room to get the biggest bang for your lighting buck.
When the day comes to photograph your home for listing make certain every blind is opened as much is possible and turn on every lighting fixture in the home. Many rooms look better at certain times of the day simply because of the natural light the room gets at that certain time. Pay attention for a few days before photography. Schedule photography to capture your home’s best lighting moments.
People view home listings online before determining what houses they want to see in person – and eventually buy. Your listing photos are one of the most critical aspects of selling your home. Make certain your home photos show your house as light and bright. People will see it as cleaner, and surprisingly, a happier space simply because it is well lit. This is what you need to get top dollar for your house.
My home staging in Houston consultation addresses lighting as part of the process of preparing your home for sale. Staging your home for sale need not be complicated or difficult. There are many options – one is perfect for you and your budget. Call today to schedule your consultation 281-615-0607 and learn what professional staging can do for you.