Living in the same home day after day makes people accustomed to their environment. They don’t notice the little things that may be unusual unless they are pointed out by someone else. One of the little things is lighting. Is your home dark? Brightening up the house and updating the lighting is for the most part an inexpensive project that can be done with the help of an electrician or even by the handy Austin homeowner. If you are hoping to make some changes when getting ready to sell your Austin house, do a survey of the lighting. Updated lighting fixtures and bulb replacement will be a small investment with a large return.
Start with the outdoors. If you have security lighting, check to see if the lights are functional. Change the flood lamps if necessary. It might also be a good idea to make note of the type and model number while you are up there. This information can be put on a list of features when putting up your Austin home for sale. If you do not have security lighting and there are woods or a lot of tall shrubs, consider installing one.
Check out your porch lamp or lamppost on the front walk. Clean the panels if necessary and, if the fixture is dilapidated and tired-looking, consider replacing it. This is probably one of the first things that potential homebuyers will see as they are standing on your front porch waiting for someone to unlock the door and show them the house.
Replace any burned out bulbs in lighting fixtures. Be sure to use the proper wattage and turn off the current before getting started. Check out the wall switchplates and consider replacing any that are badly worn. These are generally inexpensive and can be ordered online in a variety of materials and styles.
Check the entry lighting. The hallway should be well lit and a light switch should be easily accessible from the door. Clean any globes and replace any that are broken or cracked.
If your kitchen is outdated, the ceiling and cooking areas may have inadequate lighting. Changing out the ceiling fixtures, track lighting or chandeliers with a more modern look will brighten up one of the busiest rooms in the house. Food preparation areas need extra attention. Pendant lights or recessed lights are a modern style that can change the entire atmosphere of the kitchen. Install a dimmer switch for the dining area of an eat-in kitchen.
If the light fixtures in the bathroom of your Austin house are original, they may be fluorescent and flicker, especially if your home was built before 1980. If they are metal, they may also show some rust. This is a turn-off to modern homebuyers and can serve as a reminder that not only is the fixture old, but the electrical wiring and plumbing may also be dated. Soft lighting with additional panels on a separate switch will help to accent vanity areas with a more modern look.