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8 Tips On Using Feng Shui To Sell A House Faster
It is a topic that property owners don’t often talk about. But I can assure you that any real estate investor who has been around long enough, especially those in the big league practices feng shui on their properties.
Even though many don’t really believe in the innate powers of metaphysical science, the prominence of feng shui regarding real estate all over the world makes them err on the side of caution and apply it on their properties nevertheless.
After all, having the elements working for you instead of against you can’t be all that bad, can it?
If you have been tearing your hair out due to a lack of serious buyers of a house no matter how much marketing you do, or simply frustrated at how interested buyers never seem to meet the fair asking price and choose instead to walk away, then maybe you should consider applying feng shui to sell your house.
Here are 9 feng shui tips to act on.
1) Remove clutter
This is one of the best evidence that feng shui very much applies to the real world, and is a lot to do with common sense.
How can any potential prospect see the real value of a house when it reminds them of the junk yard during an open house visit?
Clutter is one of the worst enemies in feng shui because it distorts energy. So much so that even luck-attracting energy can be condemned to the doldrums when entering a space made up of clutter.
The home is a direct reflection of the residents inhabiting it.
While it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are a bad person, the presence of clutter implies that you have a lot of baggage being left around. And that baggage is there for all to see.
Even if you have a balcony with a breathtaking view, or a kitchen designed with extravagance, a prospective buyer might only have the huge mess in the living room in his mind as it is simply too distracting to forget.
- Organize all the items lying on the floor, sofa, tables, etc
- Throw away everything that you don’t need, especially old newspapers and magazines
- Keep thing that you only use once in a blue moon in the storeroom out of sight
- Use storage containers to keep the miscellaneous stuff and keep them tucked away
- Collectibles should only be displayed if they are done so in an orderly manner
Other than the living room, another section of a house that is most prone to clutter is the kitchen.
- Remove everything on countertops, tables, and on top of appliances
- Keep them in the kitchen cabinets and out of sight
- If there are things that absolutely have to be on countertops, don’t exceed 3 items
- Remove all the refrigerator magnets
- Tidy up the sink where the washing of dishes is usually done
- Clear rubbish bins especially when they are not covered
These can seem like an awful lot to do.
But consider that you are selling the house anyway, and you will have to clear up everything sooner or later. Doing them now can actually help you entice a buyer to take action.
Then there is the bathroom which is another area that tends to be cluttered.
- Remove everything from the top of the toilet tank
- Remove everything that are left on the floor
- Clear the hair at the drain cover
- Flush the toilet and keep the toilet
- Keep the toiletries like shampoo and bathing foam on the toiletries stand
- Everything else should be kept in the toilet cabinet
- If there is a bath tub, please do remove stains
- If there are mirrors, give them a thorough wipe down
Some people like to leave their undergarment hanging around in the toilets. This is never a good idea when an open house is scheduled to take place.
2) First impressions start from the front yard
In feng shui, it is never favorable to have a direct pathway to the house like an arrow towards a target.
So it is best to have curved pathways, or angled approaches to the front door.
From the facing of the house looking outwards, the best direction of approach is from the left to right as this is the direction in which yang water flows.
Depending on the existing configuration of the walkway, do make changes to it that incorporates the above if possible.
It also goes without saying that a garden should be trimmed with little sight of overgrown grass. And plants should be pruned if they even give a hint of getting out of control.
Plants with thorns and spikes are not recommended as they can create a hostile aura.
3) Front door
The front door is one of the most significant aspects of a house in the practice of feng shui.
This is one of the the main entry points of energy.
Touching the door is also often the first time a visitor will make physical contact with the house.
The area in front of the door should be clear of leaves and debris. So make an effort to sweep the area before any guests come to visit.
The front door ideally would exude strength, confidence, and solitude.
Since no specific recommendations can be given without observing your door, you need to improvise to make the front door a symbol of stature.
If you are holding open houses at night, it is best practice to have outdoor lighting to light up the yard and entrance.
This would bring yang energy which can liven up the place.
For the cherry on top, lay a welcome mat at the front door.
4) Clear unit numbers
Sometimes the unit number on display at the gate or front door has deteriorated to such an extent that even a person with perfect eyesight won’t be able to make out the numbers.
As mentioned earlier, ambiguity is never good feng shui.
For example in feng shui, a house with a facing right on the border of north and northwest is undesirable. This ambiguity makes it difficult to ascertain the nature of chi entering the house.
So repaint the house unit number if you have to or install new ones you can buy from the local hardware store.
If a potential buyer has difficulty identifying the location of house, one shouldn’t need feng shui to realize that something is wrong somewhere.
5) Relocate furniture lined up against the walls
I believe that most, if not all, of us are guilty of this feng shui mistake once in a while.
Sometimes we just buy too much furniture and make space for them by placing them against the walls. And pretty soon, there is no more exposed walls in the house.
This effectively shrinks the living space whether you choose to admit it or not.
The bigger the space the more freedom energy has to circulate around the house. Otherwise a house would be just like a tunnel!
I’ve seen with my own eyes how an apartment with 1,000 square feet of living space minimized to less than half of that because residents lined up all types of furniture against the walls.
It creates an environment that sort of resembles those well documented nightmares with narrowing hallways to squeeze you in.
Whenever I see these set ups in homes, I am left scratching my heads as to why homeowners choose to do so.
Not only is it bad feng shui, it also limits the living space essential for well-being.
I get it that sometimes, certain fixtures play a big role towards practicality and convenience. But if there are things taking up such spaces against the wall that are really not necessary, consider removing or relocating them in the storeroom.
The exception is if the space is where the grand duke of jupiter resides for the year. In that case, that particular segment of space should not be disturbed.
6) The scent
Many people cannot even comprehend that the aroma of a place can contribute towards good or bad feng shui.
Well the simple way to think about it is that a home with the foul smell of rubbish is surely not going to be a conducive environment to live in for most people. That obviously is bad feng shui.
So the opposite is true.
Granted you don’t need the house to smell like cookies and donuts in order to attract good positive vibes. This is actually something a lot of seasoned home sellers recommend for home staging.
But it must not have a disturbing smell.
As homeowners are often immune to the smell of the house, they are often not aware that the house interiors omit a moldy or dirty smell.
To play it safe, it would be good to inject an aromatic scent into the house, especially when potential buyers are coming.
Some of the products that can easily create an arousing fragrance are:
- Scented candles
- Air fresheners
- Aromatic diffusers
- Essential oils
Some feng shui practitioners advocate the use of burning scented incense.
I personally don’t like the smokey smell. So you can decide for yourself if you want to use that.
7) Your power location
Note that this means a counter to the asking price. It does not mean to ask for the price.
Fake buyers or those who are “just looking around” often ask about the price out of curiosity rather than interest.
It is those that make a counter-offer that have a genuine interest to purchase the house. However, how strong that interest is really depends on the buyer’s decision making criteria.
When there is a discussion or negotiation about price, it is best that this event takes place in your most powerful location in the house.
This refers to an area that positively feeds your personal feng shui.
In the 8 mansions feng shui school of thought, this particular area corresponds with your Sheng Chi direction.
Once you identify your sheng chi direction, identify which area of the house it resides by using a basic compass.
If it points to the dining room, conduct negotiations there so that you are in a position of strength.
However, if the direction points you to an odd area of the house like the toilet, surely you don’t need a feng shui master to advise you not to negotiate there…
In this case, plot the compass in the living room and find that area that corresponds to that direction within the living room. Set up the table and chairs in this space as it will be where you should be negotiating and selling.
8) Enhance windfall luck
According to the feng shui bagua map, the trigram that is most representative of windfalls is the Sun trigram.
To find the location of this space, use a layout plan of the house, orientate it so that the you can identify the cardinal directions on the plan, and lay a square consisting of 9 equally sized squares (sort of like a game of tic-tac-toe) onto it. The square on the southeast is the area where the windfall luck resides.
Keep this space open, fill it with activities, or place a water feature here. A red envelope filled with money or good luck charms here can also help attract good fortune.
Enhancing your luck for windfalls might help you close a deal at a good price.
There are actually a lot more feng shui practices that can be used, but I try to only mention those that be easily applied by home sellers without needing to have a lot of knowledge in feng shui.
For example, flying stars feng shui is one of the most dynamic and potent forms of geomancy used today. But you wouldn’t be able to apply competently without an expert to guide you.
And we’ve haven’t even talked about Bazi and astrology for selling property.
However, the feng shui tips listed above should be sufficient to help you sell a house faster, and preferably at a better price that you originally expected.
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