Light­ing is a key com­po­nent of curb ap­peal

The Prince George Citizen - The Citizen - Real Estate Weekly - - Real Estate Weekly -

Curb ap­peal can af­fect prospec­tive buy­ers’ per­cep­tion of a home. When ad­dress­ing curb ap­peal, home­own­ers may be in­clined to fo­cus on fea­tures that are eas­ily seen from the street dur­ing the day. But what can a home­owner do to im­prove on his or her home’s night­time aes­thetic? Out­door light­ing is one as­pect of curb ap­peal that is of­ten over­looked, ad­vises the home im­prove­ment ex­perts at The Spruce. Home­own­ers may fail to rec­og­nize the im­por­tance of how proper il­lu­mi­na­tion can pro­vide their homes with a warm glow and make it look beau­ti­ful af­ter the sun has set. For ex­am­ple, think of how cozy and invit­ing neigh­bor­hoods ap­pear dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son when homes are strung with twin­kling lights. Home­own­ers can repli­cate that look all year long with light­ing el­e­ments.

Light­ing for evening hours also helps main­tain a safe en­vi­ron­ment for peo­ple who are vis­it­ing the prop­erty. Il­lu­mi­nat­ing walk­ways and door­ways pro­vides a clearly vis­i­ble and safe path to and from the home.

The fol­low­ing are a few ways to im­prove out­door light­ing.

• Fo­cus on ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures. Out­door light­ing can fo­cus on the ex­ter­nal fea­tures of the home’s ar­chi­tec­tural style. Use light to draw at­ten­tion to in­ter­est­ing gables, dra­matic roof lines, dorm­ers, or curved en­try­ways.

• Play up land­scap­ing. Stylish light­ing can high­light trees, shrubs, path­ways, gar­dens, and all of the el­e­ments of softscapes and hard­scapes on a prop­erty. The light­ing ex­perts at Ver­non Daniel As­so­ci­ates say that soft light­ing can make homes feel warm and cozy. Up­light­ing trees or other el­e­ments can add a dra­matic ef­fect.

• Light up all doors. Make sure that doors, both en­try and garage, are prop­erly lit for ease of en­try and egress from the home. Safety.com, a home and per­sonal se­cu­rity re­source, says a home bur­glary oc­curs ev­ery 15 sec­onds in the United States. In­stalling mo­tion-ac­ti­vated lights or lights on timers can de­ter break-ins. Con­sider us­ing home au­to­ma­tion to con­trol porch lights and other out­door lights re­motely, if nec­es­sary.

• Cre­ate en­ter­tain­ing areas. Out­door light­ing can be used to ex­tend the hours res­i­dents can spend out­side. This is great for en­ter­tain­ing and can be an ex­cel­lent sell­ing point.

Home­own­ers are urged not to over­look out­door light­ing as a vi­tal part of their plan to im­prove curb ap­peal.

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