8 Bright Ideas For Home Staging with Light

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Lightening and Brightening with Home Staging

Always present your listings in the best possible light – literally.  Proper lighting will always make a home feel more warm and inviting as well as more open.  Changing light bulbs when staging a home can be like giving a room a makeover and freshen up a living space.  Here are 8 Bright Ways to Turn Dark and Dim into Bright with Lighting!

Clean Those Light Fixtures.  Dust off or change out old lamp shades that may be yellowing on the inside.  Lamps are an important additional source of light in a room that helps show off and expose the features of a room instantly!

Replace Old Light Fixtures. Brushed nickel or Bronze is in and Brass is OUT!  Swap out those dated light sconces for example for new ones.  Lowes, Home Depot and Restoration Hardware are great retailers that offer affordable lighting options.

Open the Windows. Removing draperies allow for a more clean lines look and allow more natural light into a living space.  Curtains these days are almost passe and window coverings such as wood blinds, venetian blinds or roller shades are becoming more stylish trends.  Lifting shades all the way up or pulling back curtains completely to brighten a room is key when home staging.

Use Clear Lightbulbs.  Be sure there are new incandescent lightbulbs in all fixtures to avoid burning out during important buyer showings.  Try to avoid using mismatched bulb types as they tend to uncomfortable to the eye and can make a room appear chaotic.

Use Proper Wattage.  We advise t0 use the highest wattage for lighting fixtures to bright a home.  Softer lighting is suggested for wall sconces and for bathrooms for a calmer setting in smaller spaces.

Add Lighting.  The Rule of 3 applies when it comes to staging a home with lighting.  It is easy to add a 3rd source of lighting which can be as simple as a decorative lamp on a side table or console table at a front door entry to greet a buyer.

Brighten Listing Photos.  We always advise agents and sellers to utilize the above steps to bright a room which will allow for brighter listing photos when it comes to virtual staging a vacant home.  Take pictures of rooms NOT with the sun filtering in but at dusk or on overcast days which gives a living space more balanced light.

Homes on the market can show very dim and dark but these 8 Bright Ideas for Home Staging with Light will get a home in more marketable condition to sell.  So don’t knock off the importance of, well, light!

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What Our Clients Say

“My vacant property listing sat for about 3 weeks on the market and after posting the virtual photos by Virtually Staging Properties, I saw a 50% increase in buyer traffic and we got an offer just 1 day later.  The buyer’s agent thought virtual staging was a great idea and was going to consider using it for their vacant listings.”

TARIQ THOMAS, Agent | Thomas Holding Group – Pennsylvania

“I only post virtually staged photos by VSP for my vacant listings and it is an excellent service instead of having blank rooms for buyers to view online.”

MARTHA MAY, Realtor | Koenig & Strey – Illinois

“You all did a phenomenal job on these virtual staging photos!  Really, I can’t say enough how much I love them.  They are absolutely stunning and my clients are thrilled!”

SHEILA SALVITTI, Agent | Coldwell Banker Premier Properties – Pennsylvania

“We received 2 offers in less than a week and a half.  The property was listed with vacant photos for over 220 days on the market with no offers.  Many buyers passed on the house but after posting the virtual photos, they changed their minds and we definitely saw an increase in buyer traffic!”

TRISH BRADLEY, Agent | Rutledge Properties – Massachusettes

“We list all our vacant properties with virtually staged photos by VSP and we always get a contract within the first 2 -4 weeks after posting the listing along with the photos online.  Other agents comment on our virtual photos and we have referred numerous agents to you all because of the success we have had with your company! “

CYNDI OHRT, Realtor | Keller Williams Realty – Virginia