When it comes to moving to a new house, we all know that people can be picky when viewing a home that has the potential to become theirs – which is why we’ve come up with these tips to help you in future!
A lot of people don’t realise that their personal lighting preferences may actually put off a potential buyer, for example if a kitchen is lit solely with fluorescent lights, it could make the space appear a lot smaller than it actually is.
- Ensure all lighting is cleaned
This might seem like an obvious one, but it’s often forgotten about. If the light fixtures or the oven light are greasy, dirty or discoloured they need to be cleaned or replaced, you should also replace the bulb with the highest wattage recommended to ensure optimum light. For diffusing plastic, if this is discoloured or cracked it needs to be replaced, if you are not in a position to do this you could paint over the fixture, as this will give it a lower profile and make it look smaller.
- Consider installing under cabinet lighting
The addition of under cabinet lighting can improve the light in task areas such as worktops. When showing your house, the lights are switched on and off frequently from entering and exiting rooms but also to show the prospective buyers they are there – so having the addition of under cabinet lighting is sure to impress.
- Evaluate your window décor
We all like to have matching items that fit with the themes of our rooms, but do you have a set of dark fully lined curtains matching the centre piece of the room? As these could be making the room look extremely dark, even when they are open. Purchasing cheap and light-coloured curtains will allow more light into the room, making it appear bigger and brighter. The windows should also be cleaned to remove any glare and dirty marks.
- Look after ceiling fixtures
If your overhead ceiling fixture is discoloured or cracked, we recommend replacing it. They are easily replaced and will almost certainly improve the appearance of any room in your home. If the central fixture is in good condition but covered in dirt/bugs/cobwebs, clean the glass shade and make sure the highest wattage bulbs are in place to ensure optimum brightness.
- Fix outdoor lights
As many of us work full-time during the week and even weekends, it is easier to view a house in the evening when it’s darker. However, it’s going to be slightly off putting if you arrive and the outdoor lights don’t work. It is also a sign of neglect if the fixtures don’t work, are damaged or just need replaced. Don’t overlook the importance of exterior fixtures and make sure all of them work and have the best wattage bulbs to help make that good first impression count.
- Consider a lick of paint
With all the tips mentioned previously, these may not be used to their full advantage if your walls are painted a dark colour, we know darker colours are great for creating that ‘cosy’ vibe, but it can make the room look half the size and could have a negative effect on the buyer. Covering the walls with a more neutral and lighter colour will open the room right up – and will help the effectiveness of your lighting changes!
- Replacing lampshades
Many homeowners don’t realise their lampshades are tiring and darkening but this happens over time due to the amount of exposure to electric light. Many continue to buy higher wattage bulbs to compensate for darkening lampshades, which ironically cause the lampshade to deteriorate faster.
Replacing old and darkened lampshades allows the best brightness available – it is also helpful to take older shades with you when shopping so you can ensure the size is the best fit.
- Adding a welcoming touch
Adding some solar lights along the walkway/entrance to your front door is an inexpensive and easy way to add a welcoming touch to potential buyers. If you don’t have a walkway, you could place them around your back garden to add some brightness in the evening. These will not replace exterior lighting but are a great additional touch to give a welcoming glow and send a positive message, show you care about your property and its surroundings.
We hope these tips help you, and when on the lookout for new shades as per tip 7, take a look through our online store for a range of bright and light lightshades.