Feng shui (pronounced fung shway) has flourished in China for centuries, but this design philosophy has made its mark in real estate and home decorating in the past couple of years. It promotes well-being by rearranging how energy (chi) flows through a home. The theory 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 quick sale for more money are turning feng shui principles to make their homes more attractive to prospective buyers.
Set the”For Sale” Sign on the Right Side of the House
Feng Shui experts claim that 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 houses under the perfect eave. This will direct a positive energy flow into the house rather than pushing it away or weakening it.
Invite Energy In Through the Front Door
Energy enters your home in front door. Paint your front door a color to match the rest of the exterior. Add a new welcome mat and flank the doorway with plants that have rounded leaves. (Sharp leaves can appear aggressive to buyers.)
Create a Room With a First Impression
Over the first ten seconds, buyers generally choose whether they will purchase a house. So make sure the first impression (foyer, living area, or other) is the best staged room. Create a clear path for this room with a runner rug or with eye-catching art and/or accessories.
Maintain Energy in the Room
Keep the bathroom door closed and keep the lid of the toilet seat down. First of all, no one wants to see the inside of your toilet. But from a feng shui viewpoint, water represents money and the toilet is one place where water (money) can escape. Toilets and drains require energy from a space, so keep the toilet lid down and cover drains while not in use.
Boost Chi by Arranging the Furniture
Furniture arrangement can make or break the flow of chi in the room. 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 sofa as they enter the space, energy bounces right out. A facing, comfy sofa or love seat toward the entrance of the room will enhance energy flow and invite buyers in.
Place Calming Art Over the Bed
You want to create an atmosphere that is calm, restful and restorative, so be mindful of what you put over the bed. Nature scenes always work because they are relaxing. (Also remove electronic equipment, office furniture, and exercise equipment from the bedroom.)
There is one absolute that is consistent in all home staging — eliminate the clutter. Clutter prevents energy from flowing through the home. So clear out excess furniture, knickknacks, photographs, spiritual items, and other personal items.
Once you place your house on the marketplace, 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.