Kerb appeal is the first thing house hunters will notice when they view your property. So, it’s important to get it right. Here, David Boultbee from Ultra LEDs, explains the four ways outdoor LED lighting can boost the kerb appeal of your home.
68% of home buyers have stated that kerb appeal is important when it comes to buying a house, with a well lit exterior being voted as one of the most attractive elements (Home Owners Alliance). And, as warm lighting makes your property feel more homely and desirable, it can help to increase its value. Below, I'll be going through the ways adding outdoor LED lighting to your home can boost its kerb appeal.
Extra security at night
Of course, everyone wants to know that their home is safe, so house hunters would be willing to pay a little extra for a home they know is secure. Motion-activated lighting is a relatively inexpensive way to add extra security to your home, as they often cost less than full security systems and cameras. Just place floodlights and wall sconces around specific entry points of your home, like the front and back door and your garage door, to deter intruders.
Accentuate the best features
When showing people around your home, you'll want it to look its best. Lighting not only makes your home feel safer and more welcoming, but it can really boost its aesthetics and show off its finest features (and hide the less glamorous ones). For example, you could place LED light strips or spotlights above your garage door. Or, add some waterproof lights into your flowerbeds and string outdoor fairy lights or festoon lights into bushes and trees for a fairy-tale-inspired welcome.
No one wants to be standing in a dark doorway at night struggling to fit their key in the lock, and it can make your home more appealing if it has extra lighting for convenience. So, the lighting above your doorway can not only improve security but can be quite useful too. You could even add outdoor lights along your driveway or path to help guide your route. Or, install LED light strips along the lengths of steps to improve visibility and lower the risk of trips and falls.
A house that conserves energy is a lot more attractive to property hunters, who are often willing to pay more for a home with a high EPC rating. In fact, an A or B rating, which states that your home is more energy efficient, can add up to 14% to the value of your home (MoneySuperMarket).
There are various ways you can improve your home's EPC rating but switching out your light bulbs for LED versions can help. This is because, unlike fluorescent and incandescent lighting, LEDs convert most of their energy into light, rather than heat, which means it takes a lot less energy to produce the same amount of light. So, if you opt for outdoor LEDs, you could help to give your energy rating a boost too.
Kerb appeal is an important factor for house hunters. By adding external lighting, you can improve the safety, look and convenience of your home. Plus, switching your outdoor lighting to waterproof LEDs can help to improve the energy rating of your property, which can make your home more attractive and increase its market value.
Guest blog by David Boultbee from Ultra LEDs from Bristol Property Centre