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Think about the last time someone took your picture. In warm, natural light, you look younger and more alive. Under harsh fluorescents, you look washed-out and tired. If there’s not enough light, then the picture won’t come out well at all. So what does that have to do with the lighting in your home? Everything.
Light affects the way a room looks and feels in the same way that it affects portraiture. If you don’t have enough light in a room, it’s going to look smaller, dimmer, and less inviting. On the other hand, you can overpower a room with too much lighting, making the space look harsh and clinical. If you spend just a little bit of time and energy to find the right lighting fixtures for each room, you will immediately increase its market value simply because potential buyers will be able to see what they’re buying.
FIXTURES CAN BE STATEMENT PIECES
Industrial-looking lighting is really popular across the housing market right now. These fixtures have a classic, stripped down quality that lends itself to almost any design. Whether your home has a traditional style, a rustic country design, or is ultra-modern and polished, these fixtures fit right in and are sure to wow guests. Glam lighting such as decorative wall and ceiling fixtures and chandeliers can also be sparingly used to provide a welcome accent in your interior decor.
CEILING FANS SELL HOUSES
Another way to add more lighting and add value to your home is to add ceiling fans with attractive light fixtures to the bedrooms. Ceiling fans help circulate air through the house, and they make it feel more finished. While your kitchen and bathroom are usually your biggest home assets, you might be surprised at how much something as simple as a couple of ceiling fans can improve the value of a home in buyers’ eyes.
GOOD LIGHTING IMPROVES MARKET VALUE
Finally, if you invest money in lighting, your buyers won’t have to consider the expenses they’ll have to make on lights and lamps when you decide to sell your property.
If you currently have an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM), then you may want to refinance into a fixed-rate loan. Making this decision will likely get you a better rate, but more importantly, it will get you a stable one. Some may even decide to simply adjust their ARM to extend their already low rates. Either way, stability in loan terms provides a sense of reassurance.
NEVER SKIMP ON LIGHTING.