Saturday, June 1, 2013

Brighter Sells Better

Homes that are bright tend to sell better than homes that are dark.  There is something about bright open spaces that just makes people feel better.  It gives them that happy, warm and fussy feeling.  That is why all things being equal, most buyers will typically prefer homes that let in a lot of light.  It is the reason Realtors will turn on all the lights during an Open House because we know light translates to a faster sale at a higher price.  What are you to do if you have an area in your home that is dark and gloomy?  A relatively inexpensive solution is a solar tube.

Solar tubes are just that, tubes with a patented reflective interior that harnesses natural sunlight from your roof into the room where it is installed.  A typical 10" tube will light up an area about 10 x 10 feet.    They can produce as much light as a three 100 watt bulbs, and all of that without the use of electricity.  And they are a lot easier to install than skylights.

That leads us to our next point.  You do not necessarily need to be ready to sell to take advantage of solar tubes.  Solar tubes can save you money in the long run.  It will eliminate the use of lights during the day and over time they pay for themselves.  It is a "green" alternative.

Solar tubes can be found in places like Lowes and Home Depot or you can purchase them online. There are various brands on the market available, so make sure you find one that is right for you.  Although you can have them professionally installed, if you are a little bit handy, the kits typically come with everything you need to install them yourself.

One of our team members installed it in her home and the difference is noticeable.  Feel free to view her review here and check out the results below!