You’ve likely heard of feng shui: the ancient Chinese system used to create harmony between individuals and their environment allowing chi (energy) to flow. You may have even had requests for homes that meet certain feng shui standards.
If you represent the seller in a transaction, you can use feng shui to assist you in the sale of the home. If you represent the buyer in a transaction, you can observe a potential home to see if it has the potential to support a feng shui lifestyle. And, even if you aren’t concerned with the principles of feng shui for a specific buyer or seller, you can still apply these principles to make a home more inviting.
Have no idea what it all means? Don’t worry! Here’s a quick reference guide on feng shui that you can share with your sellers to boost home sales.
Your front door is where chi flows into the home. It needs to be tidy and inviting. Ensure no objects block the path through the door and never leave more than one pair of shoes in the entryway. Ensure the front door is in good repair and cleaned frequently. Sweep and clean the front entryway regularly clearing it of any cobwebs. Your entryway is your guest’s first impression of your home. Make sure it’s a good one!
Clear Out The Clutter
Clutter causes a disruption in the flow of chi. It’s not great for selling homes either. Feng shui furniture placement focuses on the flow of a room. You shouldn’t have anything out that a potential buyer may run into. You want them to be able to move freely from one room to another. If you are trying a new layout, remove any pieces you find yourself avoiding to open up the flow of chi. Additionally, by removing clutter a seller can spend more time focusing on the items they really enjoy. As an agent, this makes the home more presentable and provides the buyer with open spaces to imagine themselves living in the home.
You want to keep this area clear of distractions as the natural beauty of food should be the focal point. Use a round or oval table for dining. If your dining table has corners, cover it with a clean table cloth to soften the edges. Comfortable chairs should be inviting and all of similar shape and size.
Face furniture in a manner that welcomes conversation, turning the guest into the focal point. Don’t place furniture so that when sitting your back is to the entryway, this gives a closed off appearance and is unwelcoming. Hide electronics when not in use by storing them in a built in cabinet. Or get creative and use other methods to hide the TV in order to move interest away from the TV and to the guest. In addition, make sure chi flows by allowing for ease of movement from one area to the next.
Don’t leave a toilet seat up! In feng shui, water represents money. If you leave the seat up money can escape from your home. As an agent, whether you believe the feng shui principal or not, you have likely noticed that homes show better when the toilet seats are down. Mirrors can also represent water and give the feel of a larger room. Consider hanging one or more mirrors in a small bathroom to make the space appear larger.
Consider artwork carefully, choose pieces that promote serenity and a relaxing atmosphere. Nature scenes are a safe bet for artwork, so long as it’s not a raging river or other, more active nature scenes. You can also place live plants in the corners of the bedroom or any room of the house, as plants are believed to facilitate harmony. Also consider opening windows, even if it’s just for a few minutes each day. The fresh air and sunshine keeps chi from becoming stagnant and a breeze can help unwanted smells escape.
If you have a buyer who is very concerned with the feng shui of a home, ask for a list of specific features that would be pleasing. You can also find example charts online, outlining areas of the home and the area of life it represents. Then consider if the home’s layout would provide a method to represent each sector of life.
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