One aspect of property management that is often overlooked is lighting. Rental property lighting can be very important when it comes to attracting and holding on to great tenants. Here are three types of lighting that can help you do just that:
Also known as general lighting, this is the lighting that illuminates the entire room. It is the most basic type of lighting and it should be balanced correctly. Try not to have any very dark areas or areas that are extremely bright. This first layer of lighting should generally produce a comfortable and natural glow in all rooms.
The color of the walls in a property plays a very important role in determining the luminosity of a room. Walls that are painted with colors that are too dark generally don’t complement the available light sources very well. Typically, it’s best to go for a light, neutral paint color to reflect light and make the space feel bigger.
This type of lighting refers to the sources of light that illuminate only certain areas in a room, which aid people in their daily activities. Table lamps, nightstand lamps, bathroom vanities, kitchen cabinet lights, and kitchen pendant lights are examples of these types of lights because they give light to areas where you will perform tasks like cooking, reading in bed, and working at your desk. You, as the property owner, don’t always need to provide this kind of lighting, as tenants can always bring in their own lamps and extra lights. However, bathroom vanity and kitchen cabinet lighting can be a good selling point if you’re willing to invest a little money into it.
It can be helpful to visualize a property’s lighting in layers. Ambient light will always be the first layer, but the task layer can be just as important because it illuminates the functional and practical areas within each room.
Accent lighting is also known as highlighting because they are placed in areas to draw attention to very specific spots within the home. These types of lights are there for aesthetic purposes only. For example, installing a small spotlight over a corner nook can be the perfect place to display a piece of artwork.
However, like task lighting, you don’t really need to provide this type of lighting. Most rental properties do not need accent lighting unless they are luxury units or fully furnished. It is more important to place your focus on the ambient lighting, as well as task lighting, especially if you think it would add value to the property. Accent lighting may look great for a while, but it can get outdated rather quickly, and the tenant can always add their own if they want to.
Rental property lighting is an important thing to consider when you are getting your property ready for potential tenants. Lighting can really make or break a tenant’s opinion of your property as it has a major impact on the overall feel of the home. As a general rule, keep the lighting simple and practical, and talk to your tenants about things to improve.
There are different property options to choose from, each serving a purpose to help you build a finished site.
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