Feng Shui and Staging go hand in hand.

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Home Stager with Janice Ankrett Home Staging

Feng Shui is now being offered as a course to Realtors. More and more people are paying attention to the energy being given off by a house. Agents are meeting clients that require Feng Shui consults.

 

Staging  uses Feng Shui principles to help a house 'talk' to a buyer. A house talking? you say! Nonsense!

Well, as an agent said recently, if the house doesn't talk to them the buyer will find one that does.

Your home should put off positive energy. It should reassure the buyer. Not say I'm tired or I haven't been looked after, watch out.

Stagers declutter. Feng Shui says the more you have the more it begins to drag you down. Clutter impedes the smooth flow of energy around the home and therefore your life. The goal is to surround yourself with healthy free-flowing chi energy. In staging, clutter can make a house feel small or dirty ... negative feelings.

Stagers deal with furniture placement and traffic flow. Feng Shui believes that arrangement of furniture has the biggest impact on how the chi flows around an interior so how we place the furniture has a direct feeling on how we feel. In staging terms, if the furnishings block traffic flow or the room doesn't open up to the buyer right away the buyer feels the room is small and confining.

Stagers work with colour. Feng Shui says colour is a manifestation of light and energy; it transforms the world, and through our perceptions of it, can transform our lives. Colours bring out an emotional reaction from us. As stagers we tend to go for neutral colours so that buyers will not react negatively to a strong colour. It also allows them to bring any colour of furnishings and live comfortably until they make the changes they envision.

The Stager's goal is to help your home appeal or 'speak'to the buyers. Your home should tell the buyer it is a safe buy with no deferred maintenance issues. It should tell them you will be comfortable here because I am warm, spacious and fulfill your needs.

 

So make your home project positive energy. Prepare it for sale.

Does your home say .... Come on in! OR  Run now!

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Rainmaker
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Janice Ankrett
Burlington Ont. Accredited Staging Professional
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Ana, I don't think most people can practice these things on a daily basis. I know I have way too many 'collections' from years of life LOL. If only I could give away those 'gifts' I'm ready to part with and not hurt someone's feelings ;)

November 04, 2009 11:42 AM
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I love your response to Ana, as I spent a lot of years feeling the same way about gifts...but struggling with the fact that I knew I wanted to reduce clutter.  I called a few family members whose gifts I was hanging on to, and very politely said I needed to downsize, and was there anything they had given to me over the years, that they would like to have back, as I didn't want to get rid of anything that was really special. ACROSS the board, I was told, those things were gifts, to do with as you please.  At that moment, I realized they may be hanging on to things I HAD GIVEN THEM...I immediately said the same was true of what I had gifted them with, and there have been no hurt feelings!

November 06, 2009 02:07 AM
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Janice Ankrett
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Cheryl, I'll have to try that. I may get brave enough when we actually do downsize in the near future ;) I keep hoping my sons will take some of it when they move out but so far no luck LOL.

November 06, 2009 08:12 AM
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Michele Reneau
Realtor, GRI ~ Charleston, SC Relocation Experts Team
Certified Staging Professional (CSP) Elite Instructor

I think good stagers practice feng shui and don't even know it. A lot of what little I know about FS is redirectly the flow of rooms, making the house balance with colors, etc.

November 09, 2009 08:12 AM
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Janice Ankrett
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Michele I agree. Our goal is to make the house flow from room to room. Whether it's traffic, colour or decorating theme it should flow from room to room. That way the house feels better to the viewer.

November 09, 2009 10:01 AM
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Home Staging tips and advice offered to help sellers. Working in Burlington Ont. and surrounding areas Janice Ankrett ASP helps sellers prepare their homes for sale. Janice works with real estate agents and owners to help the home sell as quickly as possible for the best possible price.