Dark & Scary To Open & Airy: Using Light To Alter The Mood Of Your Home




A famous person once said “LET THERE BE LIGHT”. And there was. I’m beginning this way, not to start a theological discussion, but because when you sell your home, “LET THERE BE LIGHT”.
This is a quickie article, but really important. This may be the cheapest, easiest, and most impactful thing you can do when selling. All you need to do is realize that when an agent is showing your home, they will never, EVER turn on more lights than strickly necessary to make their way around the home. They’ve probably got 15 homes to show their client, and they don’t care once way or another whether their client buys ‘your’ home, or the one down the street. They also don’t want to have to walk back through and turn them all off. They don’t know your switches, so there’s this nagging concern that smoke detectors will be shut off, DVR settings wiped out, desktops fried, etc. by turning off the wrong switch. So they generally will leave the home as they found it, for better or worse.
That being said, YOU have to be responsible for setting the stage. And that means, turn on ALL the lights. Big ones, small ones, fat ones, skinny ones, turn them ALL on. Even the light under the range hood! YEP that too! Every scrap of luminosity needs to be packed into that house. Every cotton pickin’ lumin! You also want to open the slats on your blinds while you’re at it.
Why? Because I said so! Well, that, and your home will look bigger, feel warmer, and invite a longer visit. That, and every manner of bacteria, fungus, insect, rodent, and even the boogie man seeks the areas of perpetual shadow. There’s a reason our phychie shuns the dark. Let’s not give it anything to grab on to in your home. There’s very little that improves how a home feels as much as light. And very little that can hurt it as quickly as looking like a shadowy cave. That’s why when we do photo shoots we bring a 750 watt soft lamp just in case we needs some extra juice.
Ponder that one, and while your at it, go to the store and upgrade all your fixtures to the highest watt bulbs you can fine and say BEGONE to the boogie man! 😉 Your post sale bank account will thank you!
I hope you enjoyed reading that as much as I enjoyed writing it. That’s all for now!

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