Buyers & Sellers

Purchasing a property is most likely the biggest financial decision you will ever make. Whether this is your first purchase or you are an experienced buyer, this decision must be made carefully.

So you have decided to sell your property?  Before anything else, consider sitting down with Bob, draw up a basic time frame for the selling process and discuss preparing your home For Sale using Feng Shui. The ancient Chinese art of feng shui is over 3000 years old, and is known to help Realtors sell homes when applied to their listings. This method of arranging inner and outer environments so they consistently support the possibilities of all good things in life encourage health, wealth, great relationships, career and wisdom, just to name a few. Here are a few easy fixes to help prepare your home for sale.

Create a happy front door.

According to feng shui principles, the easier it is for people to bring opportunities to your front door, the more you’ll have. Make the walk from the car to the front door a delightful experience. That means a freshly maintained garden, no sidewalk trippers or cobwebs to walk through. Next, add details that draw people to the front door, such as a welcome mat, flowers or sculpture. You might even consider replacing or painting the front door with a shade of red to attract positive energy, especially if it’s positioned in a shadow or under an overhang. Make sure the door bell and outside lights are in good working  order, clean the door stoop, shine any metal on the knocker and handles & wash the windows inside and out, make it the prettiest frontry on the block.

Fix the leaks.

This is, of course, basic common sense, but in feng shui leaking water is equivalent to leaking money. When a leak is fixed, the money stays, and you may just end up selling your home at the price your asking for.

For every room, a true function.

When buyers see a treadmill in the bedroom, a computer on the kitchen counter, or a bike in the hallway, it may appear that the house doesn’t seem to have enough room for all the necessary functions and needs of their family. When staging your home, make sure every object in the room matches the rooms function.

Manage outdoor plants.

Plants, especially dead ones, can block positive energy when physically touching the outside of the house. When the limbs of a tree are in direct contact, they may even transfer negative energy into the house, simply, remove old tired plants and replace with new ones.

Place furniture in a commanding position.

This means different things for different rooms, but the feng shui basic premise is that furniture should be arranged so the back and head are protected. Don’t have your back to a door or window when you’re on a couch, chair, or bed and try to avoid directly facing a wall, especially when sitting at your desk.

Keep the energy flowing.

Doors and windows are the entry points for energy to enter or escape, so make sure all are in good working order to encourage  a positive energy flow. All doors (including closets) should open freely with nothing blocking their way. Windows should be easy to open, make sure none are painted or nailed shut. If their stuck, you might get stuck with a home thats hard to sell. If possible, open curtains and blinds before showings to invite energy into your home.

Let the buyer find the view.

When a home is designed to give that big WOW view upon entering the front door, consider creating a bold, dramatic design statement to compete for that attention somewhere inside the home. This may seem counter -intuitive, but if buyers are immediately drawn outside, that means nothing inside is holding their attention. The more you can keep interest inside the house before their eyes slip outside, the better energy and “greater like ability” your creating.

Employ the power of red.

Homes lacking a fire element may be more difficult to sell. This problem can be addresses with a quick fix by adding red or hot orange where those colors are appropriate. Place a vase of red flowers on a counter, or toss a few red throw pillows on the couch or bed. A bowl of red apples is an easy solution. Pointy, triangular shapes are also considered fire elements in feng shui, so consider filling a vase with Birds of Paradise. Animal prints can also provide a fire element, as can actual fire, such as candles. Try adding a few splashes or red & orange and see what happens.