Great Lighting – Increase Your Home’s Value!

Lighting ideas for your home

If you are getting your home ready to sell, think about how the use of lighting can help make it more appealing and increase in value. Here are some things to think about when staging your home:

Living area with large windows

Take Advantage of Natural Sunlight
If your home has rooms with large windows, open up the blinds and curtains to take advantage of the light that can pour into your home. Swap out heavier drapes for lighter-weight fabric so light can shine through them. Use sheers to diffuse light it the room is too sunny.

Large mirror in a hallway

Use Mirrors
Carefully positioned mirrors can help to redirect sunlight into rooms without sunny windows.

Highlight Positive Features 
Accent or targeted lighting can draw attention to your home’s best features. Have an accent niche and highlight it!

Lighting ideas for your home

Update Lighting
Consider updating the lighting in your kitchen and include under-cabinet recessed lighting – a very popular trend in kitchen design. Use an up-to-date chandelier in your dining room to give it a fresh look. Remove the tired (or ugly) shades from your lamps and replace with new ones. Target has great deals on shades. Add unexpected lighting – like a table lamp on a kitchen countertop. This addition can add warmth to the space.

Adequate Lighting
When staging a home to sell, usually “less is more”, but with lighting, more is best. Try using multiple light sources in a room with overhead lights, sconces as well as lamps or can lighting focused on wall art.

Need help hanging your lights? We can recommend local electricians through Sibcy Cline Home Services.

Make Your Condominium Look Larger When Selling

CondoSelling a condominium can be a challenging task. There are many selling points such as low- or no-maintenance living and the close proximity of amenities. The challenging part can be maximizing the space and creating an environment that shows well to potential buyers. Here are a few tips on how to go from cramped to cozy in a small condo:

1. Paint – Light, Bright, and Consistent
Studies show lighter colors are often more inviting and give off the perception of a larger space. It’s also important to make sure the ceiling color is lighter than that of the walls; this “tricks” the brain into thinking the ceilings are higher.

Consider painting all your rooms the same color. Different hues in different rooms create the illusion of division, making spaces seem smaller and more segmented. One neutral color will create an open and flowing environment.

2. Let’s talk about the kitchen…
Keep things uniform. Update countertops, backsplash, and cabinet handles but make sure everything matches and stays in a light, neutral zone. Remember, you’re not making these changes to satisfy your own style or taste. You want buyers to be able to imagine themselves in this space, not feel like they’re invading your space. Continue reading

Professionally Staging Your Home to Sell

Luxury living room with stobe fireplace and leather sofas.

If you are planning to sell to your home and it is either vacant or needs help with a more appealing look, here is some information about using the services of professional home stagers:

Why Stage Your Home?

  • It will look better and stand out among other homes on the market
  • Staged homes statistically sell faster
  • Staged homes statistically sell at a higher price
  • The home will get more traffic than an empty home

Professional home stagers usually offer a variety of services:

Consultation Only
Your home may already have great furniture and accessories that just need to be moved or repurposed to show off your home’s finest features. The stager will discuss what the seller’s plan of action should be to get their home “staged” to sell. Recommendations will be made of what to keep, what to store offsite and color selections for rooms.

Key-Room Staging
If a home is vacant, it can look much better when a few key rooms are staged such as the kitchen, dining room, living room, master bedroom and bath.

Staging All Rooms
Another option for a vacant home is to stage all of the rooms. Many times, newly built home models are completely staged.

Cost of Professional Staging
The cost for staging services will vary depending upon how much furniture and accessories are needed as well as the level of sophistication the home needs to portray. Contact Sibcy Cline Home Services for recommendations of professional home stagers who can give quotes.


Jean Raga Interviewed by WCPO Channel 9 News

Jean Raga, a Sales Vice President with the Sibcy Cline Lakota Beckett office, was interviewed by WCPO news reporter, John Matarese, for a segment about home staging.

Matarese reported about the benefits of home staging a home to make it more appealing to buyers and possibly sell more quickly and for a higher price.

Jo Potvin, a home stager with Design to Market Home Staging, (available through Sibcy Cline Home Services), showed how updating furniture, removing old-style televisions and adding contemporary accessories can make the home more appealing.

Jean emphasized the fact that staged homes really stand out among other listed properties and grab the attention of the buyer.