Lighting plays an important role in staging your home for sale. It impacts the look and feel of a room, and contributes to the impression buyers will form about that space.

With that in mind, let’s look at lighting mistakes you’ll want to avoid.

The first is too much lighting. If the lighting is too bright, it can make the room seem sterile and harsh. You want the lighting to create a warm, comfortable atmosphere. Decorating experts recommend that all lights have shades or coverings, so there is no tiny sun shining in a buyer’s face.

Another mistake to avoid is too little light. Check areas of your home that look dim. Brighten them up by adding a new lamp. Pay particular attention to closets and hallways.

Finally, make sure all lights are working. Try all the switches. Check outside lighting, where a burned out bulb can often go unnoticed. If a light bulb is flickering, it may be dying, so replace it.

Improving lighting is one of the easiest ways to make your home look better to buyers.