Joseph Talbot, Real Estate Broker - HOME IMPROVEMENTS THAT IMPROVE VALUES

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LIGHTING

Lighting can have a huge effect on the way your home looks. A well-lit home is warm and inviting, while not having enough light can highlight flaws and make your home look dark and dingy. You can do many things to improve lighting and make a good impression on buyers when they walk through your home. Bulbs. Upgrading your lighting from older 60W incandescent bulbs to 100W-equivalent LED bulbs will both give you more light and save you money in the long run. The cost of LED bulbs is high per bulb, but is steadily dropping. In addition, the fact that they only use 20-25% of the energy of an incandescent bulb and can last up to 25 times longer makes them a very worthwhile investment, especially if you do not plan on listing in the immediate future. Fixtures. If you have some spare money and plan on listing soon, consider replacing outdated recessed or track lighting with more modern monorail or pendant lights. Exterior lights are also a prime candidate for updating as they tend to get overlooked when you are busy focusing on the home's interior. Still, they are essential to forming a good impression in a buyer's mind. In addition to the lights off the side of the garage and front door, consider placing inexpensive stake lighting along the driveway or the walk-up to the front door, instantly making your home more inviting.

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