Using Feng Shui
Using Feng Shui To Sell Your Home
So you may be thinking off the bat, “What exactly is Feng Shui?” The question is actually not that easy to answer. Feng Shui is an art and science that was developed in ancient China. The main body of knowledge is complex, however, it mainly teaches one how to balance the “energies” of any given space to ensure good health and fortune to all that inhabits it.
Pronounced “Fung-Shway” with “Feng” translating to “wind” and “Shui” meaning “water”, “good feng shui” means good livelihood while “bad feng shui meaning hardship and misfortune. This of course is the tip of the iceberg when explaining Feng Shui. There is a deeper and more meaningful explanation of the art if you were to ask an ancient Chinese traditionalist.
I am a big believer in the art of Feng Shui when it comes to selling your home. It can drastically help make your home more appealing and consequently attract more buyers to your home once they have come in and experienced the “Feng Shui atmosphere”
It has been said that there is a “Feng Shui Triangle” in your home being the Kitchen, Bedroom, and the Bathroom. A buyer needs to know that they have a nice place to enjoy meals, a nice place to sleep, and a nice room to relax and unwind.
Here are 3 steps that you can take to make Feng Shui work for you:
TAKE A STEP OUTSIDE. Your home, your condo, you apartment; no matter what it is you are selling and glance at it from around 50 to 100 yards away. It would be ideal to do this with a friend who may have not seen it lately. Write down all thoughts that come to mind in the first few minutes of doing the exercise.
It is important that you do not get upset or defensive when doing this. If you want to sell it, it’s time for tough love! The more open you are to your friend’s or your criticism the better off you will be when it comes showing time. So you may think that the really gawty olive green curtains look pleasant and refreshing (even though they smell like moth balls) is a great touch and “good feng shui”….It’s not. Sell a specific emotion (peace, serenity, happiness, etc.) and not so much the commodity. Make your main entrance/foyer look fresh and inviting.
GET FRESH AND GREEN. If you are looking to sell your house, it would be very wise to invest in osome good quality landscaping. This may seem unorthodox seeing as though you are selling the home and not going to keep residing there. Landscaping can add a vibrance and energetic “chi” to your entrance and property. It can also add to your property value! One should REALLY focus on the main entrance because it is obviously the first thing that the buyer sees. Make sure you have pretty flowers or plants, good lighting, and a “spacey” feel to the room. Experts say that strategically placing mirrors is the secret to giving your entrance a spacious expanded feel.
LESS IS ALWAYS MORE. When you are shopping for any product, most people, chances are including yourself, like to see it in action. That is why commercials always have people USING their product. Apply this same technique to your home or condo. The less “personal” or “pre-owned” it looks, the better. Make it a point to show the best way the space can be used but don’t go to far with personal touches.
Give the bathroom a spa feel and make sure you are hiding all of your personal items before you show the home (buyers don’t care to know what deoderant you use). Make the kitchen look sparkly, clean, and smell GREAT! The garage can also be a factor. Clean it up!
To recap, try to stay aware of the “Feng Shui Triangle” and make sure your kitchen, bathroom, and master bedroom are sending out “good vibes”!
Foster the buyer’s imagination!