Use feng shui to attract buyers
A growing number of people selling their homes are turning to feng shui to help attract buyers.
Feng shui is the ancient Chinese art of designing structures and arranging objects to create harmonious energy flow.
Literally translated, “feng” means wind and “shui” water — the two most important elements in the traditional Chinese art of placement.
Many of its principles overlap with the practical suggestions real estate agents already make to people looking to sell their homes.
It encourages a balance of colors, sizes and shapes, and emphasises simplicity.
A feng shui consultant’s tools might include a compass, crystals, or a special map used to locate areas of a home that correspond to different aspects of a person’s life, such as wealth or knowledge.
Experts say the main benefit of feng shui in real estate is that when buyers enter houses with good feng shui, they bond with the house more quickly and end up being happier in that house.
Traditional feng shui includes the orientation of a home, something that isn’t easy or cheap to fix when someone is looking to move.
Still, anyone can “raise the chi” of their home, and its value, by packing up their clutter and making use of natural sunlight, experts say.
For many, though, feng shuiing a home for sale has more to do with improving its overall appeal and less with major renovations.
The resulting subtle changes are all about creating a positive ambience.