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Nothing can compare to the warm, inviting glow of natural sunlight. When staging or preparing a home for sale, focusing on bringing in more natural light should be a top priority. Not only does it create a beautiful, airy ambiance, but studies show homes filled with natural light sell faster and for more money.
Start by taking a careful look at each room and identifying where you can strategically bring in more sunlight. Are there dark corners begging for a brighter touch? Make note of all windows, taking into account size, placement, and whether they are obstructed by furniture, drapes, or blinds. Consider their direction as well. South-facing rooms will get the most sun exposure. East-facing windows draw in lovely morning light, while west-facing usher in dramatic sunsets. North-facing windows maintain a cooler, more consistent light all day.
Check for any potential new window opportunities too. A skilled contractor may be able to enlarge existing windows or add new ones to darker areas of the home. If adding new windows is not feasible, consider replacing heavy drapes with sheer curtains or installing blinds that can direct beams of light where you want them.
When prepping for an open house, fling open those window treatments to let the light come flooding in. Stage rooms to showcase windows, keeping the views unobstructed. Limit window furnishings to lightweight, sheer panels that filter light while maintaining privacy.
If adequate natural light is still an issue, strategically placed mirrors can maximize what you do get. Position mirrors across from windows to reflect and distribute sunlight to darker corners and hallways. Mirrored accent walls adjacent to windows compound this effect in an aesthetically pleasing way.
For sellers who want to go the extra mile, a full lighting assessment and plan from a professional can work wonders. A designer can identify prime locations to increase natural light through new windows or skylights. They can also incorporate positioning, landscaping, and outdoor lighting to draw the eye towards the sunny assets of your property. Though an investment, the payoff in both beauty and increased home value makes it well worth it.