Styled, Staged & Sold

Bringing you the latest home design and staging trends. From REALTOR® Magazine.

By G. M. Filisko, contributing writer, HouseLogic

Showings typically take place during the day, but you can help sellers make their home stand out by suggesting exterior lighting that will not only improve security but also highlight the elegance of their home and its landscaping in the twilight.

For tips on boosting outdoor lighting for safety and curb appeal, head to the REALTOR® Content Resource, the new tool powered by HouseLogic, where your NAR membership entitles you to download free homeownership content for your consumer Web site, blog, or e-newsletter. Here are just a few of the tips available now:

Strive for a “moonlight effect.” This naturalistic look features light no more intense than that of a full moon, but strong enough to make beautiful shadows and intense highlights.

Highlight trees. Whether illumined from below or given presence by a light mounted in the tree itself, trees make stunning features.

Use uplights. Uplighting is dramatic because we expect light to shine downward. Used in moderation, it’s a great way to highlight architectural and landscaping features.

Have a focus. The entryway is often center stage, a way of saying, “Welcome, this way in.”

Want more information to help sellers show that their home has been maintained with tender loving care? Check out the new “Weekend Warrior” bundle at REALTOR® Content Resource. Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, the bundle includes tips on outdoor lighting and other home-value-building projects sellers can tackle in just a weekend, including saving energy on water heaters, repairing common gutter problems, and inspecting and maintaining a garage.

The REALTOR® Content Resource, powered by HouseLogic, is an exclusive, free benefit for NAR members. HouseLogic is the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS’® no-topic-left-uncovered consumer Web site geared to helping homeowners make smart decisions to maintain, protect, and increase the value of their home.


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