Feng shui (pronounced fung shway) has flourished in China for hundreds of years, but this design philosophy has made its mark in real estate and home decorating in recent years. Feng means wind and shui means water. It promotes well-being by rearranging how energy (chi) flows through a house. The concept is that all spaces and objects have different energies (some positive and some negative), and they impact each other in various ways. Sellers who want a fast sale for more money are turning feng shui principles to make their homes more attractive to prospective buyers.
Place the”For Sale” Sign on the Right Side of the House
Feng Shui experts assert the perfect side of a home is the buyer’s side. Furthermore, add positive energy by having wind chimes, flags, or wind socks to the right side of your homes under the right eave. This will direct a positive energy flow to the house rather than pushing it away or weakening it.
Invite Energy In Through the Front Door
Energy enters your home at the front door. Paint your front door a color to complement the rest of the exterior. Add a new welcome mat and flank the doorway with plants which have rounded leaves. (Sharp leaves can appear aggressive to buyers)
Create a Room With a First Impression
Within the first ten seconds, buyers generally decide whether they will purchase a house. So make sure the first impression (foyer, living room, or other) is the best staged room. Produce a clear path for this room with a runner rug or with eye-catching accessories or art.
Keep Energy in the Room
Keep the bathroom door closed and keep the lid of the toilet seat down. First of all, nobody wants to see the inside of your toilet. But from a feng shui viewpoint, water represents money and the bathroom is one location where water (money) can escape. Toilets and drains take energy from a space, so keep the toilet lid down and cover drains while not in use.
Improve Chi by Arranging the Furniture Have you ever walked into a room where everyone had their backs towards you? It’s an instant turnoff. If potential buyers see the back of the couch as they enter the room, energy bounces right out. A facing, comfy sofa or love seat toward the entrance of this room will enhance energy flow and invite buyers in.
Place Calming Art Over the Bed
You wish to create an atmosphere that is calm, restful and restorative, so be mindful of what you place over the bed. Nature scenes always work because they are relaxing. (Also remove electronics, office furniture, and exercise equipment from the bedroom.)
There is one absolute that’s consistent in most home staging — get rid of the clutter. Clutter prevents energy from flowing through the house. So clear out excess furniture, knickknacks, photographs, religious objects, and other personal items.
As soon as you put your house on the market, you must consider it as a commodity, not your house. When you start packing, you release your hold on the house and get the energy moving.