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REAL ESTATE 2021 | The Importance of Updated Lighting by Penny Obrien, Local Industry Expert


Near & dear to my heart! We have returned to a traditional seasonal fall market. The buyers who will move in before school starts have already bought. You're considering selling your home later this fall or waiting until Spring 2022. You have fresh paint & new carpet. The jewelry on a well-dressed home is the lighting fixtures!

Sellers often find this task to be overwhelming. It is one of the least expensive updates you can make. It is also the update that makes Mrs. Buyer Fall in Love with Your Home! She will exclaim this house is SOOOO updated as she gazes at the Farmhouse rectangular light fixture over the kitchen table! The current trends are Farmhouse, Industrial or crystal lighting.

If you replace your island lighting, kitchen table & dining room lighting, your entire home will feel more updated. Sellers often find the replacement of Grandma's brass 24 candle chandelier in the foyer an insurmountable task. It is the first impression when buyers enter your home. My sellers are finding foyer coach house lighting or my personal favorite, Orbs for as little as $400 to $600 in big box stores. Hire your local handyman to hang for $200 to $300! Voila'! Instant update & extra added pizazz to your home that will melt Mrs. Buyer's heart!


BAIRD & WARNER – One word that consistently comes to clients’ minds when they think of Penny O’Brien is “hustle.” As a Seller Representative Specialist, she loves meeting with sellers to discuss pre-market home improvements and guide them to make their home “showtime ready” when it hits the market. She strongly believes in professional staging and offers it as a complimentary service. With a reputation for “good-looking listings,” she helps clients realize a higher return and quicker sale. Penny says “Staging transforms a home from average to amazing”.

Penny O'Brien Broker, Relocation Specialist and

Negotiation Expert • (630) 207-7001 •