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.

Four Tips to Make Rooms in Your Home Seem Bigger

LivingRoom_NeutralColors.jpgOpen floor plans are popular among homebuyers, but traditionally homes were built with individual rooms that served specific purposes. However, with some affordable adjustments, you can make your house appear more spacious.

Knocking down walls can be expensive and time consuming. Luckily, though, you can open up your home a bit without a massive remodeling project. Doing so may help bring your home’s appearance in line with modern trends. This is especially helpful if you plan on selling your property soon. Real estate sales are often driven by a number of trends, and this year, spaciousness is among them.

There are a number of affordable ways to open up the rooms in your homes and create the illusion of larger spaces. Even a few small changes like switching out the drapes on your windows can make a huge difference by opening up rooms. If you don’t have an open floor plan, but would like to imitate one with more spacious rooms, read the tips below:

  1. Let the Light into the Windows
    Windows that aren’t blocked by heavy drapes or curtains make rooms seem bigger by letting in more natural light – the most attractive sort – and extending spaces. You can still hang thin curtains that aren’t completely opaque to achieve a similar effect. This way, it is possible to maintain a degree of privacy. You have windows, so use them to open up the rooms of your home!
  2. Match the Furniture Palette to the Paint
    Try finding at least a few pieces of furniture that match the color of the walls. This will blend couches, tables or chairs into the walls a bit, and make the room appear larger than it actually is. Maintaining unity in your palette is a great way to expand a space beyond its physical limits.
  3. Keep the Clutter Away
    When you’re staging a home, you typically hide items that you don’t use at least daily. To make a room seem bigger, you can take a similar approach. Keep plenty of efficient storage space in each room, and stow away most items around the house until you need them. Too much clutter can significantly change how a room appears, in terms of size.
  4. Make Room for Mirrors
    Mirrors serve a similar function to windows, minus the natural light. Similar to how a window creates the illusion of more space by expanding the room, a mirror’s reflection creates the impression of more space where there is none. Make sure that the mirror fits the theme of the room to ensure unity among various decorations and furniture.

Opening up your floor plan is expensive, but creating the illusion of more space is affordable and easy. Create an impression of spaciousness through mirrors and windows, cleaning consistently and thematic unity.

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Home Staging To Sell While on a Budget

Part of the modern apartmentHome staging has become something of a minor craze for real estate professionals in the past few years, and the actual science behind how best to set up a home for an open house seems to be changing all the time. However, one thing is unlikely to change: Homeowners and agents don’t want to break the bank when it comes to getting everything squared away. As a result, it’s wise to look into the best ways to stage a home affordably.

Staging a home for an open house certainly isn’t an exact science, and there are plenty of schools of thought about lighting, furniture placement and the like. However, many of the universally accepted truths about what potential buyers like to see during an open house are fortunately inexpensive or even free to implement, according to RIS Media. For example, one of the biggest issues here – and it only costs a little elbow grease to fix – is to stow away all personal belongings like family photos, kids’ sports trophies and so on.

“You cannot believe how long potential buyers will stop and stare at people they do not know in photos,” says one long-time real estate agent to the site.

Other steps to take
The principle of working around the house to clear up things buyers might not want to see extends to clutter that can build up in any home, the report said. Going through a house and clearing off packed countertops and old boxes out of basements and garages – at least temporarily – will likewise go a long way toward making a home look more attractive. And once that’s done, other things pro home stagers tend to recommend – like rearranging furniture – becomes a lot easier.

Finally, it’s often a good idea to also make sure a home smells “neutral” before prospective buyers arrive. That means cleaning everything a few days in advance and waiting for all the smells of cleaning to fade. And for those who really want a home to smell like something, some agents recommend baking a batch of fresh cookies for the open house so visitors have something to snack on and because it makes a whole house smell fantastic.

Don’t overdo it
However, when going through these steps, sellers and their agents may also have a tendency to go overboard as they try to spruce up a home, according to HGTV. Some may decide it would be wise to re-tile an entire bathroom or completely redo the area around a fireplace. This kind of effort usually isn’t necessary, and can be quite expensive and time-consuming. Instead, simply painting can go a long way toward making an old feature more attractive at a low cost. This also applies to kitchen or bathroom cabinets to freshen up the space and give it that “new home” feel that buyers want.

And for those who are willing to go a little more in-pocket, taking the time to buy new smaller appliances like microwaves or dishwashers can make a kitchen seem a lot more modern even if other features are a little bit old-fashioned, the report said.

This is just a cursory list of the lowest-cost steps to getting a home looking as good as possible for its upcoming open house. Your real estate will also be able to impart plenty of wisdom to you about things like curb appeal, lighting and more. By combining all the different ideas about what makes a home staging successful, it should be easy to arrive at the best possible end point to home buyers happy.

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