From determining pricing to having to keep a home “show ready,” marketing a house is always a challenge. And, just like inoculations, homeowners usually want to get the sale over as quickly as possible. Here’s 9 feng shui tips to help your house sell faster.
1. Engage the senses.
Prospective buyers must be engaged in every way possible. Use these ideas to engage the senses of buyers at your home.
Beautify and make your home look welcoming.
Use lots of horizontal space. Clear off all the tops of everything (dressers, counters, shelves). Draw the eye to the corner diagonal to the door to each room. This makes the room feel larger and makes buyers focus on a feng shui good luck area.
It should also be refreshed with a deep, thorough cleaning and perhaps repainting. That fresh paint smells better and makes the house look revitalized.
Make sure all entries and rooms can be entered easily and comfortably, and that there are no mirrors opposite any door. Keep your home from being “dead still” by keeping something moving, such as ceiling fans.
Sounds good: Place a fountain close to the front of the house or keep music playing at all times, especially in the northwest corner of the house.
Smells good: According to feng shui, earthy scents are the most appealing to the widest range of people. So, opt for cinnamon and pine scents rather than floral or vanilla scents.
2. Sales are made by first impressions – and they start at the front door.
The front door is the most important area of the house in feng shui. Keep it immaculate, with lights turned on in front at in the foyer, a new doormat, and have something flanking either side of the front door, such as two pots of lush, healthy plants and flowers. A fresh coat of paint can help activate your door.
3. Buy the new owners a gift.
To assist you over the mental hurdle of leaving, buy the new owners a small gift such as a new front door mat or crystal candy dish filled with chocolates because chocolate is excellent feng shui.
4. Correctly place your for sale sign.
Make sure the “for sale” sign is to the right of the front door as you look at it. This is the yang, or energetic, side of the house.
5. Focus on the kitchen.
In feng shui, kitchens are prosperity and health areas. Insist on clear counters, clean, organized pantry, and wastebaskets and knives out of sight. Place a small, lush plant and jar full of cookies on the counter.
6. Make a welcoming vignette.
Have a table in the foyer or front room of the house, on the right as you enter the front door, with business cards, literature, a bowl of chocolates or cinnamon candies, and small vase of fresh flowers. Put this on a red-colored cloth or with something red next to your details. Make sure business cards are in an acrylic holder so they are not “laying down” on the job.
7. Energize the helpful people sector.
The northwest corner of a home is considered the helpful people area – important for sales. Activate it with music playing here.
8. Get growing.
Make sure there are no plants touching the house (this draws energy away from the house), no spindly plants (it makes the house seem like it’s dying, too), and no dead plants whatsoever. Make sure your landscape is in great shape for improved curb appeal.
9. Remove 25-30% of your belongings.
Think of this as a pre-move. Get a storage unit to help you start moving items out of the house and making more open, clear space.
Paring down your belongings, especially those that are personal, like a baseball bat collection or wall of family photos, will help depersonalize your house, and bring in more open space. This is an important concept of feng shui.
Sales are an element of fire, and air (open space) feeds fire. If the eyes of potential buyers see nothing but knick knacks and belongings covering every space, they won’t see your house because of the smothering effect of too much stuff in your home that smothers the fire element.
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