Brightening up Older Homes With New Lights
July 24, 2019
When prepping an older home for sale, there are lots of small and inexpensive improvements you can make in order to refresh your home so that it feels less dated to buyers at the open house. First impressions are key, so even if you can’t afford a major remodel, taking small steps to brighten up your home can go a long way towards bringing buyers to the table.
Deciding which improvements are right for each specific property is largely guided by budget and prioritizing which areas of the home need the most attention. However, one improvement we almost always recommend to clients selling original condition homes is replacing old light fixtures. It’s a very cost effective way to brighten up a living space (literally), and add a tasteful modern touch to an older home.
Also, since popular lighting styles have shifted so much over the years, lights tend to be some of the more obviously dated features in an older home. Unlike hardwood floors, which can still look gorgeous in original condition if properly maintained, lights from the 1950’s don’t generally age well. It’s best to swap them out, even if it’s just for a cheap contemporary. That being said, not all new lights are improvements! Stick with something simple, clean, and understated. Avoid the lights with lots of points and edges, or lights made with multiple colors/finishes. Home Depot’s light section is full of options that more closely resemble a WWII naval mine than a dining room light fixture.
Pictured below is an example of a light we recently had installed in a client’s home prior to listing for sale. If you’re interested in replacing some older lights in your home, give us a call and we’d be happy to offer some recommendations!