Britons can increase their house price by avoiding lighting mistake that is 'an immediate turn off for buyers'

Britons can increase their house price by avoiding lighting mistake that is 'an immediate turn off for buyers'

Britons discussing house prices and getting on the property ladder

Anna Barry

By Anna Barry

Published: 10/03/2024

- 20:00

Updated: 11/03/2024

- 07:50

Old-fashioned lighting in your home should be updated with more modern fixtures

Britons looking to sell their houses could boost the value of their properties with a few home improvements.

A realtor spoke exclusively to GB News about how the lighting inside a property can majorly affect its selling potential. Those looking to sell should consider replacing old lighting fixtures with more current styles.

Realtor Ryan Fitzgerald, owner of Raleigh Realty, said: "There are a few simple things homeowners can do to increase the value of their property before putting it on the market."

Interior trends may have changed since you purchased your property, and you should be mindful of the current times when you are ready to sell.

For sale signs / Woman fitting lightbulb

Britons can boost their property value by making small adjustments to their home lighting


Ryan said: "Outdated lighting fixtures and old-fashioned switches/outlets are an immediate turn off for buyers.

"Replacing these with modern styles makes a space feel bright, new, and comfortable."

The realtor's next tip was to spruce up the outside of the house - it's the first thing potential buyers see, after all.

He said: "Kerb appeal makes all the difference too. A quick power wash, fresh mulch or plants, and maybe some new address numbers set the right tone upon arrival."

As for the inside of the house, clean carpets and refinished hardwoods "do wonders". The realtor suggested: "Even pro-styled curtains and window treatments dress things up."

According to the expert, it's important to be particularly mindful about two key rooms - the kitchen and bathroom.

He explained: "The kitchen and bathrooms especially influence perceptions of value. New knobs and handles are affordable but completely change the look. Small wallpaper accents or tile backsplashes also refresh primary spaces.

"Overall, touches that eliminate 80s or 90s styles will have homes feeling on-trend."

Lastly, the expert advised: "Maximising natural light further boosts buyers' experience. Clearing trees and shrubs and ensuring windows sparkle optimizes natural brightness."

Speaking about what small home improvements could ultimately do for property prices, he said: "These quick projects can yield a competitive advantage and often a premium over similar homes in the area that need updates."


Modern kitchen lighting

Replacing outdated lighting fixtures with modern styles makes a space feel 'bright, new, and comfortable'


Eric Bramlett, realtor and owner of Bramlett Residential, agrees that small touches can make a world of difference when it comes to upping property value.

He told GB News: "How a house looks from the street is important. Landscaping, fresh paint, and other kerb appeal fixes can raise the price by thousands. Houses sell fast just because they look nicer outside. Keeping up your garden and paint is key.

"Inside also counts. Storage areas, lighting, and nice furniture open rooms up. Small repairs like fixing leaks help too. Buyers like homes that are move-in ready."

Britons can also boost their house price by nearly £30k with a gardening improvement.

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