The exterior of a house is so important that nearly 90% of real-estate agents recommend investing at least a little time and effort toward upgrading the landscaping. After all, it can increase your resale value by 14%.
The exterior lighting design is an important contribution to your success when selling your home, but not for the reason you might expect.
As any good home stager will tell you, when it comes time to sell your home, you should depersonalize your space so the buyer is free to imagine how they can express themselves in it.
Don’t misunderstand, we love the quirky charm of DIY exterior lights. They are a terrific way to inject personality into your home’s exterior, but when it comes to selling your home, too much personality can be drawback.
So here are a few tips for maximizing your outdoor lighting without overwhelming a potential home buyer.
Take Down Your String Lights
String lights are perfect for a late-night party: they feel chic and can illuminate a wide area. Unfortunately, the look doesn’t quite hold up during the daytime, when most potential buyers will be touring the house. Better to pack them up while showing the house. Opt instead for wall mounted lights or simple outdoor overhead features. Or leave the space empty! Let the possibility draw the buyer in.
Invest in Embedded Safety Lights
If your house has any exterior stairs, then you probably understand the danger of an unlit step. But when reselling your home, safety strips and press on lights make for poor impressions, especially when applied to the steps leading up to your front door. Embedding lights in your stairs takes the mundane precaution, and creates a striking, welcoming feature at night, and an unobtrusive detail during the day.
Leave the Statement Light
If you have a whimsical streak with your decorating, then this is probably a breath of fresh air. The statement light is essential to good lighting design and should be a focal point of your yard; whether it is a piece of custom lighting or something you found in a vintage sale, it is a cool and quirky piece of functional art. Rather than replace it with a more conventional lantern, you should keep your statement piece right where it is. While too much personality can overwhelm a buyer, no personality will bore them
There are many difficult choices to be made while selling your home, and while it might be upsetting to dismantle the unique lighting design you have cultivated for you exterior space, depersonalizing is an important step. You want your buyer to fall in love with what might be, not what was.