Update Old Lighting in the Kitchen to Capture the Most Money from the Sale

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There's nothing worse than walking into the kitchen of a basically remodelled older home and seeing the original fluorescent lights behind that ugly, dark, dry-rotted grid stuff!  I have no idea what it's called but I don't care to research it to find out because it's ugly and should in most cases be yanked out and replaced.  Take a look at the culprit: 

Old Lighting Circa 1970s 

Pretty... 

So, the obvious question is--What can a homeowner do to ditch the ugly and bring in the new and updated in order to capture the most amount of money and get a return on what is spent on updating the kitchen ceiling light source? 

At the Open House I held yesterday, the homeowner has come up with a classy-looking fix to the ugly lighting in his kitchen.  Taking out the old grid-thing and opening up the "square of height" is exactly what is suggested in this case.  The homeowner added some nice, new, shiny light fixtures and some interesting wood trim to jazz up the space.  It's good-looking, works for the purpose for which it's intended, and seems to add height to an otherwise low ceiling in the kitchen.  One neighbor even came over to take pictures of the new lighting to show to his contractor to do the same thing in HIS house.  :)  Anyway, here's the fix that this homeowner elected to do:

Aspen New 

And again:

Aspen New light 

So, if you're tired of the old lighting or if you're thinking of selling and your kitchen light needs some "pop," change out the old ceiling light!  Then, either enjoy it and keep the house OR let the money come rolling in when you sell a nicely-updated home. 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Bill Carroll
The Hamptons Edge Real Estate Co. - Westhampton, NY
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I agree Lisa, and having a construction backround, I will tell you these panels were usually there as a quick fix or to hide a problem, but with today's choices, there is a solution for virtually every problem. Great post.
Jan 13, 2008 07:21 AM #1
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Gary McAdams
GMAC Schwartz Property Sales - Key West, FL
I have one listing with those panels.  It is one of the nicer homes I have and has a great kitchen with top of the line everything then those ugly panels for lights.  It turns off many buyers.
Jan 13, 2008 07:29 AM #2
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Lisa Spalding
Casa Latino Four Corners, REALTOR, CDPE - Longwood, FL
REALTOR, CDPE

Bill-

Thanks for the comment.  I still don't know the name of the things but I say just ditch 'em.  :) 

Jan 13, 2008 07:29 AM #3
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Lisa Spalding
Casa Latino Four Corners, REALTOR, CDPE - Longwood, FL
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Gary-

Thank you for stopping by and commenting.  Have you gotten any feedback from the Buyers to show to the Seller?  Have you gotten an estimate of how much it would be just to remove the old and replace with just a, well ANYTHING, other than what's currently there.  It is so painful to see everything remodelled, top-of-the-line and then something that hasn't been touched.  I wish you luck in getting past that one, little objection with the Buyers. 

Jan 13, 2008 07:32 AM #4
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Renee Parker
Coldwell Banker Hubbell BriarWood - Lansing, MI
Lansing Realtor
They are called "ugly behind plastic shields florescent"  or something like that.  :-)  I totally agree, especially if you have updated the kitchen...put in new lighting!
Jan 13, 2008 08:35 AM #5
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Lisa Spalding
Casa Latino Four Corners, REALTOR, CDPE - Longwood, FL
REALTOR, CDPE

Renee-

He he!  Thanks for researching the name!  LOL.   

 

Jan 13, 2008 08:39 AM #6
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Debbie Summers
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Orlando, Florida - Lake Mary, FL
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Lisa - Wow... what a difference, that is huge improvement...   The seller probably wishes it was done years ago.
Jan 13, 2008 12:30 PM #7
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Lisa Spalding
Casa Latino Four Corners, REALTOR, CDPE - Longwood, FL
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Debbie-

Hey, thanks for dropping by!  Yes, it was a long-time investment property and thankfully is now move-in ready.  The thing that kills me is that, with this old panel stuff for the fluorescent lights, it turns yellow or brown even if the residents smoke or not; it never stays clear or white.  Ick!  The new stuff (ANY new stuff) is much-preferred.  :) 

Jan 13, 2008 12:43 PM #8
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Lisa,
Very original fix to update the lighting.  Smart move with very little cost that could possibly make the difference between a sale and no sale.
Jan 13, 2008 12:58 PM #9
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judi

Hello Lisa

We have just purchased a house with this exact problem.  I am leaning toward placing tin decorative ceiling tiles and putting in the "al-cove" area with updated lighting.

Just an extra idea for you, I am not sure how it will look.

Jul 23, 2011 11:21 PM #11
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Mary

My parents built this house in the late 70's and I still have the original fluouescent lighting. The plastic pannels keep falling out and breaking plus I don't really know what kind of bulbs it takes. There is a two plug electrical socket that the plugs for the fixtures are plugged into. Any suggstions for a non DYI financially strapped woman? I have some male help, but not electrically inclined. Thanks.

 

Mary

Aug 22, 2011 02:14 PM #12
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Saundra Stewart

This is such a wonderful fix!!!   I am having someone give me a bid as we speak to do in my home.  May I ask some of the dimensions.  First the dimension of the overall space, then the dimensions of the beams placed in the space and last but not least how far down do the "beams" go in the space and how far down do the lights hang.   Any and all info shared I will really appreciate.

 

PS has the wood been routed to have a decorative edge?

 

Best, Saundra

 

My email is sstewart@toplinestrategies.com

 

 

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