Great Lighting Can Help Sell Your Home


As the real estate market climbs steadily in the Valley area, homeowners look for ways to make their homes more attractive to buyers without spending a fortune on remodeling or high-priced upgrades. One of the first things your real estate agent will do when they prepare to show your home is to snap open the drapes and blinds and turn on every light in the house. Why? According to Valley real estate broker James Red of the Winston Group, the number one thing that sells a home after location is lighting. (You thought he was going to say price, didn’t you? I did, too!)

Never let them see flickering:

First, go around and replace all burned out bulbs. If a fixture isn’t working, have it repaired before you show. This is also a good time to make sure lights are at their maximum safe wattage and that the light fixtures and windows are clean.


The entryway:

The entryway is the first look area of the house. Think of it as your home’s smile, and make sure the lighting highlights the foyer in a dramatic, exciting way.

The kitchen:

There are those who believe that people buy the kitchen with a house attached. Regardless of whether you feel this way or not, it can’t be overemphasized how important quality lighting is in the kitchen area. Under-cabinet lighting makes the kitchen look more usable. Drop lights or other kinds of task-area lighting will create a more functional and welcoming kitchen.

Hit the highlights:

Highlight more unique or interesting features in the home with focal lighting. Light will draw a buyer’s attention more emphatically than a real estate agent pointing it out since our eyes are better buyers than our ears.

Recessed lighting, track lighting, or other dramatic-effect options will draw your buyer and hold their attention.

Security and other outdoor lights.:

During the day, no one will notice them, but security renovations pull the highest return on your investment of any single upgrade money can buy.

Well-lit or not:

Nothing says ‘creepy’ like a darkened hallway, no matter how beautiful the rest of your home. Conversely, nothing says, ‘insomnia’ like glaring, ugly fluorescent tube lights in the bedroom. If the bathroom makes a buyer look unattractive in the mirror, they will walk away. The key is to stage each room with appropriate lighting according to the activities planned for the area.

If you are planning on selling your home, and need help updating your lighting or repairing what you already have, give us a call. If you want a professional electrician to help, we would be happy to help you upgrade your lighting in order to get the maximum sale value out of your home.

If you need a fast, affordable electrician for your home or business, call RSB Electrical at 480-485-4284.