With both lighting types, you can:
• Light deck railings and stairs
• Define the patio perimeter
• Illuminate the edges of paths and walkways
• Draw attention to a planter or tree
Other fixtures light up dining tables, grill surfaces, and even underwater in swimming pools.
Low-voltage fixtures clip onto a safe, 12-volt cable connected to a transformer, which plugs into a GFCI-protected 120-volt electrical outlet. A timer or light-sensitive control automatically turns lights on and off.
A low-voltage lighting kit with eight LED stainless steel fixtures, 50 feet of cable, and a transformer starts at $60. Individual low-voltage fixtures range in price from $7 for a simple poly-resin fixture up to about $150 for architectural-grade, cast-brass models.
Solar outdoor lighting fixtures don’t need cables and transformers. They simply turn themselves on automatically after dark. Each stand-alone fixture stakes into the ground or secures to a deck or exterior surface. You’ll save energy, as a sunlight-charged battery powers the bulb.
The downside to solar fixtures is a dimmer glow than low-voltage fixtures, and fewer lighting hours – many solar fixtures run out of stored energy after 4-5 hours on the job. Cloudy days also reduce power.
A four-pack of solar light fixtures that mount on top of deck posts starts at about $30. Or, check out a cast-aluminum solar lantern for about $60.
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By Kim Buish
As a long time Realtor ® in the Houston area I’ve been asked by some of my clients in the past: “Kim, should I fix my home before selling it?” and my answer is always YES, you should fix your Houston home before selling it, here’s why.
Sell Your Home for YOUR Price
Fixing those problem areas in your home now, or making those renovations you’ve been thinking about making to your home, WILL enable you to sell your Houston home for YOUR price, instead of being faced with buyers who submit lower offers or ask for credits when they purchase your home.
Great Return on Your Investment
If you’ve been thinking about renovating your kitchen or bathroom, you can expect a return on your investment of up to 100% since updated kitchens and bathrooms are what most buyers are searching for.
List Your Home with Pride
Another reason to fix your Houston home before selling it is this will give you pride in the fact that you’re selling the best possible representation of your home, and not a house you have to apologize for, because you didn’t repair those problem areas.
Eliminate Buyer Concern
Last of all, but most important, renovating your Houston area home NOW, instead of later, will also help you to eliminate buyer concern and stop them from wondering what else may be wrong with your home when they visit it.
Helping Houston Home Buyers
For more reasons why you should fix your Houston home BEFORE selling it, or to view the latest homes for sale across Houston, contact me, Kim Buish, Realtor ® with Red Door Realty and Associates by calling me at (281) 852-3667 or click here to contact me through my website.