Feng Shui has nothing to do with superstition, religion, or philosophy; it’s about living in harmony with your environment through balancing energy (or “qi”). When a room is balanced and qi can flow gently, you’ll automatically feel comfortable and at ease. The flow of qi is essential to personal comfort and well-being, and your body intuitively feels when an environment is balanced or imbalanced.
It’s simple…when a buyer feels comfortable in a home it will sell and when they don’t the home won’t sell.
If you believe that Feng Shui is New Age fad, it may surprise you to know that the eastern cultures have practiced the art of placement for centuries. And now that Feng Shui has been westernized, buyers and sellers are using Feng Shui to buy and sell real estate.
The idea behind Feng Shui is to create a harmonious environment to support the health and prosperity of the occupants by placement of objects, use of color, landscaping, and the five elements – fire, earth, metal, water, and wood. The simplest way to look at it is that if any element is out of balance or missing, we feel off-balance too.
Every object vibrates to create a unique combination of energy. Feng Shui helps home sellers create balanced energy which will attract buyers. For example, a white front door and a semi-circular front door mat are metal elements. To help the home sell, create balance using fire and earth elements – red or orange-colored plants on either side of the door or by replacing the door mat with a red or orange rectangular- shaped mat.
The goal of getting a home sold is to create comfort and appeal so that buyers linger in the home. The more time a buyer spends in the home, the more likely they are to buy it. To help buyers linger, you’ve got to create coziness. Coziness creates comfort and it is indicative of a gentle flow of energy. Adding earth elements like rectangular area rugs, square wall art, and window treatments help create coziness.
In long hallways qi can move too quickly if you don’t have wall art, earth wall colors, or area rugs to slow it down. The goal is creating slow, meandering qi. On long straight walkways outside, you can stagger potted plants to change the feel of rushing qi.
In the current real estate market, home sellers need every advantage to get their home sold quickly, but it should be noted that Feng Shui it can’t overcome setting a home sales price too high. However, Feng Shui will absolutely help the home to feel welcoming and comfortable which will help set it apart from other homes on the market.