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

“Our vacant property was listed for sale with no offers for over 90 days and after virtual staging of the photos took place, we instantly saw an increase in buyer traffic and got an offer in less than 4 weeks.  The buyers liked the photos which helped them with decorating ideas for the home.”

JEANNIE THOMPSON, Agent | Long & Foster – Virginia

“The unfurnished townhome we had listed had been on the market for 4 months until we decided to engage in virtual staging.  I had the townhome professionally photographed and then had the photos virtually staged and they were so realistic.  We had a binding contract within 2 weeks after posting the virtual photos!”

ERIC BROOKS, Realtor | Wydler Brooks Real Estate – Virginia

“After posting the virtually staged photos I saw an increase in showings and we got my vacant listing under contract in less than 14 days! “

PAUL HERRICK, Realtor | Keller Williams Realty – Massachusetts

“The photos were beautiful and certainly gave life to my vacant listing and within the first week after posting the photos and the listing online, we got 4 offers and a full price offer was accepted.  Thank You!”

ANNMARIE DEL FRANCO, Agent | Blackstone Properties of CT – Connecticut

“Your virtual staging product is sensational! The efficiency condo I had listed was in a community of 60+ units for sale and had no offers.  After posting the 3 virtually staged photos of my unit, I got an offer within 5 days and beat out all the competing units listed in the same price range.  Thanks for a great job!”

SUE MILLER, Realtor | Re/Max of Naperville – Illinois