Feng shui is an ancient Chinese practice used to create a harmonious environment. Everything has energy, even inanimate objects. Feng shui helps guide that energy and let it flow freely through your home. Here are a few basic strategies you can use to improve the feng shui appeal of your home when selling:
For most feng shui-minded buyers, having a grand and unobstructed entrance to the home is very important. To create a feng shui-friendly front door, you need to keep the path to the main entry open and unimpeded to allow for the smooth flow of energy into the house. The best way to achieve this is to remove anything blocking the pathway to the front door eg rubbish bins, shoes, dead plants.
It’s a common belief in feng shui that a home gets its energy via its front door - it determines how prosperous its occupants will be. Don’t stress if your home has its front and back doors aligned, as with most things in feng shui, there are simple fixes you can use to redirect or harness the ‘qi’ in the home. For example, you could use a round table, a piece of furniture or put up a screen between the two doors to redirect and circulate the good energy through the house.
In feng shui, the kitchen is considered the most important room of the home - it nourishes and sustains life. You want to make sure the kitchen of your property looks as bright, light, airy, spacious, clean and uncluttered as possible. It’s also a good idea to introduce symbols of prosperity and wealth into the kitchen, such as a vase of fresh flowers, a bowl of fruit on the kitchen table or a lush indoor plant in the corner to bring good energy and harmony to the room.
It’s thought that the good feng shui energy in the bedroom is destroyed by the presence of exercise equipment and electrical goods - an easy fix is to remove the TV, stereo, computer and/or treadmill. It’s also viewed as good feng shui to have a well-presented and balanced bed, meaning that preferably the bed needs to be approachable from both sides – not in direct line with the door – and has a bedside table on either side.
You’re bound to come across some negative feng shui elements that are unavoidable in your home. At the end of the day, the most important thing you can do is to make your property feel as comfortable and inviting for buyers as possible, which is what feng shui is all about.