Natural Light - Why It Should Top Your List Of "Wants" In Your Next Home

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In the nearly 14 years we’ve been selling real estate, rarely do we have a buyer mention “natural light” as one of the things they need when purchasing a home.  We’ve gotten the “I need 4 bedrooms,” or “we need to be in Jimmy’s school district,” or “Frank’s truck needs to fit in the garage” requirements.  And we’ve even come close with the “must have a south (or west) facing backyard as we like to garden.”  Most often though, natural light is overlooked as a necessary feature.  However, once these same buyers step into a home for the first time (and natural light is clearly present), it’s one of the FIRST things they comment on… and then it becomes a tough requirement to beat moving forward.

Here's why we think natural light should top of your lists in a home:

  1. Resale Value.  We’re always about the resale component (even if you tell us this is your forever home).  Natural light can make the room look bigger & brighter, enhancing its visual appeal, spaciousness & warmth.  Homes with ample natural light are often perceived as more desirable & can command higher prices than those without.
  2. Plants!!!!  Lol.  If you’re a plant lover, we don’t need to say anything else here, you understand.  If you’re not, scroll down to #3.
  3. Your health.  Natural light has benefits for your physical & mental health.  Sunlight provides us with vitamin D, which is essential for regulating mood, improving sleep, and strengthening bones.  It’s also been shown to boost your immune system, reduce stress levels, & alleviate symptoms of depression & anxiety.
  4. Cost-savings.  Have you seen your power bills lately????  Any opportunity we can take to “light up a space” naturally vs. with artificial lighting, we’re all for it.  It’s also an extra bonus for those homeowners who want to reduce their carbon footprint and contribute to a more sustainable future.

 So, if you’re on the hunt for your next home, ask yourself, are you overlooking natural light for other factors such as location, square footage, and the number of bedrooms & bathrooms in a home?

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