Using Feng Shui to Correctly Prepare Your Home for Sale

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Home Stager with Kates Home Staging and Design

Using Feng Shui to attract more potential home buyers is a fantastic idea.  When you start to look at the Feng Shui recommendations, you will see that some of them are identical to what you may be doing already to prepare your client's homes for sale.  Feng Shui does recommend de-cluttering, depersonalizing, cleaning, repairing, and then implementing the 5 elements (water, wood, fire, earth, and metal).

Here is a Feng Shui 5 Element Cheat Sheet for preparing your homes for sale:

Elements

Colors

Objects to Use

Shape

Water

Blue

Black

Mirrors

Glass

Wavy lines

Wood

Green

Wood Furniture

Hard wood floors

Columns

Vertical growing plants

Fire

Red

Candles

Fireplace

Triangle

Earth

Yellow

Orange

Brown

Brick

Stone

Square

Metal

White

Gray

Silver

Gold

Lamps

Appliances

Circle

 

Each element needs to be represented in every room but not equally in every room.  In the United Stated, most rooms tend to be dominated by the wood element and are missing the fire element. An element should be brought into a room to increase balance.  The fire element can be brought into a room through the additional of a red pillow.

The goal of Feng Shui is to make sure chi or energy flows smoothly.  This is very important if you are trying to sell your home. By using Feng Shui we want to attract the potential buyer from the external curb and once they are inside the home we want them to feel so comfortable they want to stay. Feng Shui considers all five senses and wanting to create an emotional response to the home's environment from the potential buyer.  The walk from your car to the front door is also very important and needs to be maintained. During this timeframe we are aiming to capture the buyer's interest in the property and the front door (mouth of chi) should be a dramatic focal point.  Great colors to paint a front door are black or dark brown, this will definitely draw the buyer's eye in to the front door.  The welcome mat should be a semi-circle on the outside of the home. Once inside, the entry way is the most important room since a buyer will decide in under a minute on whether or not they will buy your home. The entry way is also the last part of the home the potential buyers will see.  It is always a good idea to have a mirror in the entry way (but pay close attention to what is being reflected, do not point it towards the door) and no sharp furniture pointing towards the front door.

Using a Baqua Map and aligning it with the home's front door will help you identify the various centers of your room.

Wealth/Prosperity

Fame

Marriage/Relationships

Family

Health

Creativity/Children

Wisdom

Career

Helpful People/Travel

Approximately 75-80% of the home's front door will enter through the Career center. The Helpful People room will be the room most buyer's go into after the front door.  The Wealth center definitely needs a tall green vertical plant. Your business cards should go into the Career center.  In the Marriage/Relationships center you need to show pairs, it could be pairs of decorative pillows or even pairs of lights on either side of the bed. According the Feng Shui there really is no good place for a bathroom, so please leave the toilet lids closed and the door to the bathroom closed. Remove all your personal items from view also. A mirror facing a bed is also not recommended in Feng Shui, it possible you should eliminate any mirrors in the master bedroom.

To sell your home quickly, you need to address the Wealth, Fame, Marriage, Career, and Relationship areas of your home.

- Kate

Kate's Home Staging and Redesign now sells semi-custom window coverings at discount prices. Our window coverings include roman shades, Levolor and Dynasty blinds, faux wood blinds, bamboo blinds, woven wood blinds, cornices, valances, sheers, and drapes. Our roman shades can be ordered in 100% pure silk, linen, cotton, or designer fabric. We also offer Benjamin Moore color consultations and test color boards, interior decorating, home staging, and redesign. Please visit http://www.kateshomestaging.com for more info or call 845-538-3623. All window covering appointments include a free 30 minute design consultation for the same room. We serve Passaic County and Bergen County of New Jersey and Rockland County and Orange County of New York, basically the lower Hudson Valley. We are an affiliate member of the Passaic County of Realtors, a member of RESA, ASHSR.

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Rainmaker
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Kathi Presutti
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I'm a bit Chi challenged, so I appreciate all the helpful hints--thanks so much!

January 01, 2010 04:47 PM
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Kate Case
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Kates Home Staging and Design

Kathi ~ You are welcome, I hope the advice helps.  Kate

January 01, 2010 06:03 PM
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Rita Minion
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Hello Kate,

I enjoy reading your blogs and learning more about Feng Shui.  The advice & tips for real estate is very helpful.  Thank you for your easy to read articles on Feng Shui.  I appreciate it!

Rita

 

February 27, 2010 11:12 PM
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Cheryl Ritchie
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This is really informative! I learned a lot about Feng Shui today! Thanks for the post!

February 28, 2010 02:57 AM
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Rita ~ You're very welcome.  I am glad you can apply Feng Shui to Real Estate.

Cheryl ~ You're welcome. Thanks for stopping by.

February 28, 2010 10:24 AM
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