Weekend Selling Tips: Do I Need New Lighting?

Reblogger Donna Foerster
Real Estate Agent with Cherry Creek Properties, LLC

Weekend Selling Tips: Do I Need New Lighting?

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Is it outdated?
  • Is it out of proportion to the room, or the furniture?
  • Does it match the decor?
  • Does it provide enough light?
Marie Graham, a professional Home Stager, gives us some examples of good lighting choices based on the needs and style of the room.
 
Compliments of The Foerster Team, Rocky Mountain Real Estate Advisors, (720) 530-5554


Original content by Marie Graham

There are three elements I find that absolutely flummox most people about their home. They realize it's important, but can't visualize-or rationalize spending money on-anything beyond the basic.

Which is really too bad, because none of these elements need to cost a lot of money,  The right choice can go a long way, no matter what your goals.

Lighting is one of the Big Three most get stuck on. Not only is there rarely enough of it, what's there is usually outdated, out of proportion, or looks just like what everyone else has...because it's what the local big box store shows.

No matter if you are staying in, or getting ready to sell a property, if it's well-chosen and with personality, it will add function and be engaging. It may be counter-intuitive, to spend money on something that will stay when you are selling but remember:

  • Engaging buyers in a way that other properties don't is a big component of a well-prepared property
  • When YOU'VE figured something out for the buyer that no other seller has, that is value-added
  • You can always have the sales contract written to reflect the fixture is coming with you
  • Unless you are buying a close-out, you should be able to purchase another within a reasonable time frame

A solid, overall lighting plan will be unique to each property. In the case of task (end-table, vanity, desk top) and accent (sconces, buffet lamps) lighting-much will depend on the taste and existing furnishings. For our purposes today, I will just share a few scenarios I've come up against recently, and what I found that worked.

 

Chose this (left) fixture for a contemporary bathroom, in a modern apartment. It was a generous sized room, with darker toned wood vanity, double sinks in a granite counter top and marble floors.

It had been a bachelor pad, new owners wanted to make it a little prettier. Did three of these fixtures, one at either end of the vanity, one in between the two sinks, $185.00 each.

 

This (right) was chosen for the entry of a 1928 Arts and Crafts home. Many A&C homes are often dark, harsh and austere.

As a design element, stars are signify luck and hope. Antiqued copper was the right material, and the clean lines agreed with the nature of the space, but these curves soften it.

Smiles from the first step inside the house, $218.00

 

 

In a contemporary colonial, there was a pass-through area off the kitchen. It was designed to be a butlers' pantry, but owners decided to make it a wet bar.

We found this to be exactly the right 'mix' of fun and function, $225.00

 

 

Money spent on the right lighting is always money well-spent. Materials, scale, lines and light it gives off-both amount, AND direction!-are all to be considered first, but seriously, have fun with it, too. 

 

NEXT: Window Treatments Made Easy

 

 

 

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Buying, selling or staying - let the refreshed home be your partner in change.  Because when your space works, so  many other things fall into place!

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Ellen Caruso
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Donna, Love her explainations and choices. Not before long, it will be getting darker earlier and lighting is important.

Aug 24, 2012 07:41 PM #1
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Norma Toering
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Donna - I remember twenty years ago when I attended a seminar by the original queen of staging, Barb Schwartz, she said, "If they can't see it, they won't buy it."  I've never had a buyer ask me to find a dark and dreary house for them.  They all want light and bright.  Love the examples of creative light fixtures in the article.

Aug 24, 2012 07:43 PM #2
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Donna Foerster
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Ellen~ Don't remind me that it will be darker earlier.  I want to enjoy the last little bit of the light, while I can!

Norma~ When we sold our last house, one of the comments we got from buyers was that the house felt like a cave.  That woke us up!

Aug 24, 2012 07:47 PM #3
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Unique lighting and properly placed lighting can add just the right touch to make a sale. It just happened in one of my new construction homes. The buyers were wowed.

Aug 25, 2012 01:55 AM #4
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Donna Foerster
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Debbie~ Lighting is especially important in rooms that do not have much natural light from windows or doors.

Aug 25, 2012 09:17 AM #5
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Nice choice for a reblog. have a great weekend!

Aug 25, 2012 10:27 AM #6
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Donna Foerster
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Thank you Erica.  I do a feature every weekend.  I've been wanting to share this one for a while.

Aug 25, 2012 10:35 AM #7
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Connie Harvey
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Donna, great post to reblog! People don't always think that the lighting is important.

Aug 26, 2012 01:29 PM #8
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Donna Foerster
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Connie~ Lighting definitely makes an impact.

Aug 26, 2012 07:18 PM #9
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Rebecca Gaujot, RealtorĀ®
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Donna, I agree great lighting in a home makes an impact. I am bookmarking Marie's post to keep as a reference for sellers.
Aug 27, 2012 06:54 AM #10
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Donna Foerster
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Rebecca~ She has 2 additional posts that are part of the series.

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Donna, that's a good point. How often do we really think about our lights and lamps in the house? They could probably use some updating as well occasionally.
Aug 28, 2012 05:34 PM #12
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Donna Foerster
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Silvia~ We focus a lot on curb appeal, and use of space, and sometimes lighting is forgotten.

Aug 28, 2012 07:38 PM #13
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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Updating lighting is one of my favorite transformations....it makes a huge difference!  Lots of impact for very little investment!

Aug 30, 2012 02:40 PM #14
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Donna Foerster
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Sharon~ Folks don't realize the impact that changing the lighting can have on the "feeling" of the room.

Aug 30, 2012 02:44 PM #15
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Valerie Zinger
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Donna. It is amazing how badly lit some homes are. You could trip and hust yourself!
Aug 31, 2012 09:59 AM #16
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Valerie~ Lighting can be an inexpensive fix.  It's something that can be so important to the sale of your home and many sellers don't realize it.

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