If you are selling a Charlottesville home, it is important to "light up my life".
I have never had a buyer say to me "I want a really dark home". So when I am showing homes why do I walk into so many homes with the lights off and the shades drawn? Even if I am trying to stay one room ahead of the buyers opening blinds and turning on lights, their first impression has been that the home is dark. And if I am running around turning on lights, it is distracting from my main job of showing the home to my client.
A light, bright home is near the top of most buyer's wish list, when we are working on their profile of the perfect Charlottesville home. For the seller this translates into such simple steps as leaving the shades open, putting stronger bulbs in all the lamps and turning the lights on, and washing the windows and skylights. If this is not enough, they may need to also repaint the walls with light colored neutral paint. All homes don't have walls of windows; all the more reason to emphasize the light that is there.
I realize that many homeowners may be trying to save money on their electric bill or to be green and save energy, but if your priority is to sell your Charlottesville home you may have to put up with a slightly higher electric bill and concentrate on light. This is may be easier if the home is shown by appointment only and you can turn on the lights and open the blinds when you leave the home. If the showing instructions are "call, no answer use lockbox", then at least make sure that all of the curtains remain open when you are not at home.
So "light up my life" and lets sell your Charlottesville home!