Showing your property is always a bit stressful, but in the winter and autumn, there are additional concerns to take into account. Every time an interested buyer comes to see your house in Smyrna, you’ll loose heat as they come in and out and you’ll have to light up the entire house so people can see it at its best. If you have a lot of showings, that might increase your heating and light bill so here are some ways you can keep those costs down.
Reduce the Temperature a Bit
Room temperature is generally agreed upon to be around 72 degrees Fahrenheit, but you don’t have to keep the thermometer that high if you have people coming in and out for showings. Remember that most of them will have their jackets on or, at least, heavier clothing than they would during the summer. They’ll also be walking around the house, so the house is actually likely to feel a bit hot for them if you keep it at room temperature. Don’t be afraid to reduce the heat a bit. Over the course of your showings, it’ll save you some power if you do so.
Consider Changing the Lighting
If you have incandescent bulbs in all your fixtures and you’re running them all the time—remember that you’ll want to turn on your lights for daytime showings, as well as nighttime showings---it can have an impact on your power bill. Consider installing LED lighting where you can, but make sure you get at least a second option—preferably from your Realtor—about how well the LED shows off the space. Some LED lights are very harsh and will tend to emphasize the flaws in a room. Look for softer LED lights; there are plenty of them available on the market these days. In general, lower color temperatures will make rooms look warmer and more inviting.
Use Motion-Detecting Lights in the Yard
Make sure your property is safe for interested buyers. It gets dark early toward the end of the year, so be sure you have good outdoor lighting on your walkways and porch. Instead of leaving it on at all times, however, consider getting motion-detecting lights. That way, people visiting the property will always have plenty of light to lead their way, but you won’t raise your power bill keeping it on at all times.