Generally speaking, lighting upgrades are a relatively easy and economically feasible way to make a big impact on a home’s appearance.
In terms of resale and high-impact changes, my advice is to start from the outside and ensure that there is ample upgraded lighting at the front of your home. Once inside, think in terms of front entryway first. After all, as the saying goes you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Next, focus on the two areas of a home that tend to be the largest selling points – kitchens and bathrooms.
Here are a few money-saving tips to consider if you’re thinking about upgrading your light fixtures.
- Look for deals. It may sound obvious, but I’ll say it anyway. One thing to always remind yourself as you are making upgrades to a home in preparation for sale is to be very judicious with your dollars. You are hoping to sell the house – not live in it forever. Spend amounts that make sense within the context of your home’s value. In other words, if you’re in a high-priced area, a splurge may make sense. Otherwise, be frugal with your spending dollars.
- Consider DIY. The Chandelier in my home was an inexpensive brass fixture found in my parents’ basement. After it was spray-painted with a coat of flat black paint, it looked fabulous. It cost me less than $5.00 to replace the outdated chandelier that was previously hanging in my home.
- Find a handy person to help with installation. If you can save money on the installation of light fixtures, do so. Just ensure that whoever is replacing your fixtures knows how to take precautions to avoid shock or injury.
For more ideas on preparing your Guelph home for sale, please contact me.