Home Improvements, Install a Dimmer Switch

lightbulbsAs a real estate agent people often ask me what home improvements they can do to increase the value of their home and help it sell faster. I always tell them it’s the little things that make a big difference. One of those little things is surprisingly obvious: when you enter a room and flip a light switch, the lights should come on. It’s amazing how many people have burned-out lightbulbs that need to be replaced. Make sure all your light fixtures have bulbs in them, and it’s really cool if those light fixtures are on a dimmer switch.

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The other day I decided that the light over our dining room table should be on a dimmer switch. I consider myself to be fairly handy with a hammer and screwdriver, so I decided to tackle the project on my own. I mean really, how hard could it be?

Instead of asking my husband for help, I asked the Internet. I went to  Google and typed in Home Improvements Install a Dimmer Switch.  Bingo! It’s amazing how much stuff has been written on this topic! You can install one on an overhead light, a recessed light, a three-way light… the possibilities are mind boggling.

The directions I found most helpful were contained in a step-by-step instructional video by Lowe’s. I set up my laptop on the dining room table and watched the video from start to finish. Then I went to Lowe’s and bought the dimmer switch. Very clever, those promotional videos, getting me to buy from them, but what the heck, they helped me with my project and made me look like a genius. Why not go there for a silly little dimmer switch.

Anyway, the video was so helpful I thought I’d share it with my blog readers. Here it is:

Home Improvements | Install a Dimmer Switch


We can now make our dining room nice and moody by dimming the lights. Minor as it is, by doing a simple home improvement such as install a dimmer switch, I have made my home that much nicer and I’m can give myself a pat on the back.

I’ll post some more of my favorite home improvement videos on my blog in the future, so stay tuned. And if you need any ideas on how you can quickly and easily improve your home so that it sells for the price you’re asking, contact me, and we’ll do a walk-through together.

Posted in Pleasant Valley News, Rural Vermont Real Estate.