Saturday, November 23, 2019 / by Dennis Isip
If your house has been listed for 4 weeks or more, and you don’t have any offers, the general rule of thumb is that it’s overpriced. Particularly here in the very hot Spokane real estate market.
So what if you don’t have a lot of room for any price reductions? Maybe you just bought the home a year ago, and it has not appreciated yet, but you have to sell because of a new job you’ve accepted.
There are 3 main areas that cost very little or no time and/or money at all, that can potentially attract more buyers.
- Simplify your decor
In this blog post, we are going to focus on lighting.
Traditionally, we’ve been accustomed to “soft white” lighting. In the color temperature scale, it’s in between candle light and daylight, about 3000 degrees Kelvin (3000K).
This color temperature is actually very conducive and relaxing for sleep, so it’s great for the bedrooms.
However, for the purposes of selling your house, you want to use “daylight” bulbs, which have a color temperature between 5000 - 6000K. As you can tell, the overall perception is that it makes the rooms a lot brighter. This in turn, makes it more attractive and easier for the buyers to visualize themselves living in your house.
Take a look at the following comparisons:
Note: You can leave all your outdoor bulbs as-is. The sun will take care of your daylight colors. Actually, the opposite is true for outdoors: you will prefer to use warmer colors instead - but that’s a topic for another blog post.
In conclusion, changing all the light bulbs in your entire house to daylight temperature will cost approximately between $50-$100. It is a worthwhile investment that has a subliminal effect on multiple buyers to make full-price offers more likely.