The Chinese philosophy of Feng shui (which translates to mean “wind-water”) is based on the notion that certain colors, elements and pathways within your home dictate the flow of energy and can impact everything from your personal wealth to your health, love life and career. Whether or not you follow the basic principles of Feng shui in the design or arrangement of your home, many aspects of this philosophy can positively impact your home listing and help increase your home’s appeal to buyers.
Energy enters through the front door. Make sure your entry is clean, clear of all clutter and attractive. Consider painting the front door a bright color that stands out from the house, place a fresh welcome mat in front of the door and place a few plants nearby to give a feeling of life and robust health. Plants with soft, rounded leaves are a better Feng shui bet than cacti or plants with sharp or spiky leaves.
First impressions matter. When buyers first enter your home, they form opinions quickly as to whether your home is worthy of purchase. Offer home shoppers a welcoming embrace with attractive art, an interesting area rug, adequate storage in the closet or elsewhere such as a storage bench or coat pegs. Pack up shoes, coats and sports gear not currently in use so the entry closet has plenty of extra space. If every nook and cranny in the house is stuffed to the gills, buyers will question whether your home has adequate storage space. Give your things room to breathe so buyers can breathe easily, too.
Don’t drain your home’s energy! One important principle of Feng shui is the notion that drains – in the kitchen, bathroom, toilet, bathtub, shower, etc. – can literally deplete a home of energy. Keep toilet lids down and drains plugged when not in use. If a half bath is near the entry of your home, close the door before showings. Buyers will open the door to take a peek as they tour your home, but you don’t want the W.C. to be the first room they encounter in your home.
Arrange seating to maximize “chi” energy flow. Chi, or the inherent energy flowing through and around a room, can be improved or stunted based on the arrangement of your furniture, according to Feng shui. Arrange your sofa and other furnishings toward the entrance of the room, and pull them into a comfortable arrangement encouraging conversation. Don’t put the back of a sofa toward the entrance, which bounces energy back out of the room and may give off a cold, unwelcoming feel.
Kick clutter to the curb for improved energy flow. Imagine clean kitchen counters free of knick knacks, tidy bedrooms with empty dresser-tops and walls with enough negative space to enjoy the artwork in place rather than family photos cluttering every inch of the wall. Decluttering makes sense when your home is on the market, and an abundance of clutter-free space within your home will improve the flow of energy throughout your spaces as well.
Don’t place beds or dressers in front of a window or blocking a doorway or natural pathway through the room. Don’t place beds against a wall with a door in it at all if you can avoid that. Doorways are intense energy pathways from one place to another, and placing the head of your bed near a doorway, or on a wall sharing a doorway, can prevent you from achieving the best rest possible and give buyers a restless feeling as they envision themselves in the master bedroom or their children or guests in other rooms.
Consider appealing to the buyer’s senses with calming background music, pleasant smelling fresh flowers or live plants, a small tabletop fountain or wind chimes placed on the front right corner of your home. You can find many specific tips for including Feng shui elements in your home on Pinterest or by searching Google or other sites for the topic.
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