Once you've decided to sell your home, chosen an estate agent, repaired, cleaned and prepared your home for viewings, you may think you're ready to get started, but there's one area that's often overlooked by house sellers - lighting.
Poor lighting can often give a bad first impression, even if the property is otherwise perfect. If you don't light your home well, you could sabotage all of your other preparation work. Darkness can make a room feel small, dirty and uninviting - it can make a home look like a teenager's bedroom.
If you light your rooms well, you can even use it to your advantage, highlighting key areas. Here are our quick lighting tips for selling your home:
Start with a list:
Before you start making changes to the lighting, walk through each of the rooms, open the curtains and see which have a good amount of light and which do not. It may be worth taking into account poor weather days too, as if the windows provide just enough light to make the room look good on a sunny day, they may not do the same when it's cloudy or evening. Also test out how each room looks with the available lights on or off.
Choose the right colour temperature:
Colour temperature is the measurement of the colour that a lightbulb gives off. A lower colour temperature (e.g. 1800K) gives off a warm, orangey coloured light, suitable for relaxing situations, but a higher colour temperature (e.g. a 4100K horizon daylight bulb) gives off a whiter glow. Choose the right colour for each of the rooms, but generally for showing people around, you may wish to have more daylight bulbs to show every part of the house. Lower colour temperatures are good for ambience, but higher colour temperatures are good for seeing everything clearly.
Accent lighting is focused light that direct attention and highlights one particular area or object. If you have interesting architectural designs in any of your room, consider using lighting to draw attention to that area.
Multiple light sources:
By having light from multiple sources, e.g. multiple light fittings and floor lamps, you can reduce glare and cut down on the amount of shadows cast in the room.
A mirror can reflect light and make a room feel larger than it is. It can also make the room feel more open, so try adding mirrors to rooms, especially if they have inadequate windows.
Upgrade your light fixtures and bulbs:
Lighting isn't just about functionality. It's also about style, and whilst most buyers won't see an old light fixture as a deal-breaker, new, stylish fixtures and leave a great impression. Old incandescent bulbs can also be replaced with brighter, more energy-efficient LED bulbs too.
Finally, don't forget outside!
A well lit exterior invited buyers, and is reassuring as it discourages burglars. Subconsciously, buyers may feel safer in a neighbourhood that is well lit. Path lighting also creates a welcoming impression and makes it easier to see.