I could talk about lighting forever. Natural light in a home is probably one of the most saleable features you can get. This is why the beginning of this step is making sure that when you build or buy a home, you have an eye for light. You can do this by:
- Increasing windows as big as the builder will allow
- Choosing a good exposure for your backyard S, SW, SE, and W, and avoiding N, E, NE, and NW
- Adding transom windows
- Choosing a layout that maximizes light
- When finishing your basement, double the amount of lights that you think is appropriate.
The truth is that we have become more and more indoor creatures and people generally like the feeling of a home soaked in light. So buying or building a home with great structure, helps a lot for resale.
Now let’s deal with lighting the home that we already have. First of all, every single thing in your home that makes light needs to be on for every single showing, even if it’s 10am. Every lamp, every pot and puck light, feature light, closet light, even the work light on your exhaust fan. It makes the space sparkle. If you have more than one showing, don’t forget to leave a note on the counter which reminds people that there are multiple showings and to leave all the lights on.
Move heaven and earth to make sure every single light is on for every single showing. The only valid reason for missing this is if you’re out of town for showings. It makes a huge difference. Even a house with tons of natural light when shown without the indoor lights on, looks dark and murky.
Join us for the next blog when we look at decluttering and staging.
The Vanderveen Team
Maxwell South Star Realty
Phone: 403.253.5678 Fax: 403.592.6736