How long has your house been on the market? Has it been six months? A year? Two years? Annoyed by the lack of interest you’re getting in your home, you might be thinking about taking it off of the market for a little, then maybe in another year you’ll put it back up.
This could work, but there might be a deeper reason why your home isn’t interesting buyers: it looks outdated. Buyers have a budget, and if they’re not willing to spend a portion of it refurbishing the house, they’ll quickly pass over your home.
There are three areas you can ramp up to get prospective homebuyers to make a bid: the entryway, kitchen and bathroom. You won’t need to repaint, retile or reseal; all you’ll have to do is work some lighting magic!
The entryway is where your home makes its first impression. What do you feel when you walk through the front door? Are you happy to be home, or, are you hit with the list of unfinished chores you need to get done? Does the entryway feel small and cramped or grand and echoing? If the entryway is off-putting in any way, homebuyers will decide then and there that they’re not interested in buying your house.
To create a welcoming atmosphere, one that makes your guests (and homebuyers!) feel at home, you’ll first need to layer your light sources. By layering ambient, task and accent lighting, the energy in the space will feel natural, because layering these light sources mimics the look of natural lighting. You can accomplish this by affixing the entry table with a lamp and by hanging a chandelier or pendant light from the ceiling.
We need bright light in the kitchen to help us prepare our meals, but if the kitchen is where we informally eat our meals too, we need to be able to tamper down the bright light. Better Homes & Gardens writes that “a well-lit work area is a safety essential in a kitchen. Lighting can also be used to create ambiance. The key to good kitchen lighting is to rely on a cast of lighting sources and to layer your lights[by] mixing ambient, task and accent or decorative lighting with natural light.” See a theme building here?
If the kitchen has one general overhead light, homebuyers will take a look at that and say, “no thanks.” To leverage your home, your spaces need to be equipped with a lighting design scheme that complements its architectural elements and keeps the space well-lit. Better Homes & Gardens continues: “This essential light should be included over the cooking surface, at the sink, over the counters, and over any table or other work surface. These fixtures should be about 30 inches above an island, peninsula, or table, but might be higher if you are taller or are placing the light over a raised surface or an area such as a cooktop.” You can accomplish this look to with pendant lights, overhead light and under-cabinet lighting.
The bathroom is another space that needs to be lit well so that when we get ready for the day, we don’t miss the smudge (where did it come from?!) on our work shirt collar. Prospective homebuyers too also like to flip the lights off and on in the rooms of the house they’re touring to see how it changes the space. If they can’t tell a difference whether the lights are on or off in the bathroom, that’ll be a strike against your home.
To bring out the detail of the tile floor and the sheen of the hardware, invest in lighting fixtures that do their job without sacrificing the design of the space. Installing flush mount lighting in the bathroom will keep the attention on the overall beauty of the space and away from the running toilet!
With a few upgrades, you can sell your home for asking price in no time!