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Sound Off Patty McManus What type of impact can lighting have on a home for sale?

September 24, 2018

In my opinion, lighting is one of the most overlooked details in the sale of a home. I am very mindful of energy conservation, but this is one circumstance that warrants an exception.

If you are putting your home on the market, staging is important but so is lighting and it shouldn’t be overlooked. I always advise sellers to leave all of the lights on when they are expecting a showing.

Even if the home is drenched in natural light, it is still important to have all of the interior lights on. There are not too many things that will dampen a buyer’s enthusiasm like walking in to a home that is dark. The lack of light can feel confining and unhospitable. It is considerably more welcoming to have a house that is bright. It will give any home a happier, more uplifting feeling.

The proper lighting can make rooms look larger and can impact the mood of the potential buyer. Lighting can also be used to draw attention to a specific feature of the home.

For instance, nicely placed lamps or sconces can highlight a stunning fieldstone fireplace that may have just blended into the background without the additional lighting. Small lamps or backlighting can be used to make built-ins stand out.

In the kitchen, recessed lighting that illuminates work spaces is also a plus and appeals to the buyers. Ambient lighting can be used in rooms where the message you are looking to convey is relaxation such as a master bedroom or a sitting room. Lighting that is low to the floor and behind the furniture will make the room glow and promote a soothing feel.

Outdoor lighting can be impactful if the buyers do an evening “drive by.” At a minimum, the outdoor lights should be in good condition, not weathered or pitted.

Consider giving your home a “lighting check-up” even if you aren’t moving. You can experience the benefits and it might just lift your spirits as well.

Patty McManus,

William Pitt Sotheby’s

International Realty,

203-733-3941, pmcmanus@wpsir.com

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