Can Feng Shui Help Sell Your Property?
At Moginie James we understand the importance of great marketing.
As such we keep up-to-date with all techniques, strategies and technological advancements in the field,
ensuring that every property we list has the best possible chance of being sold for the highest price, in the shortest amount of time.
One of the ways we do this is by keeping an eye on trends in other countries and markets.
Such as the increase in attention that homeowners and real estate agents across the pond in America are giving to the effect of Feng Shui on properties
- the ancient Chinese practice that brings balance and harmony with nature to your house -
with a whopping 86% of Chinese-Americans stating that the practice plays a role in their home selection.
‘All estate agents in Taiwan are trained in the basics of the ancient art of Feng Shui’
The use of Feng Shui, which has been around for 5,000 years, in real estate is nothing new, with all estate agents in Taiwan trained in the basics of the ancient art!
While it is a philosophy that, for some followers, can make or break a property transaction
- with bad Feng Shui on a par with costly factors considered unattractive to Western home buyers, such as rising damp -
to others it may sound a bit ‘new age’, however, a lot of the principles of Feng Shui are actually just common sense.
It is these basic principles that we have concentrated on below, and that we believe if utilised correctly will increase the chance of selling your house fast and for the best possible price:
According to Feng Shui, a house should have no ‘Si Chi’ (low) or ‘Sha Chi’ (attacking) energy around it.
The philosophy suggests planting evergreens, a water feature or even a simple birdbath in the garden to attract good energy and give the impression of a lively house.
While you may not want to go to the hassle of installing a water feature (or have the money or space available),
there are plenty of simple actions you can take to give your property a good first impression, which is what this is essentially all about.
For example, make the walk from the car to the front door a pleasant experience by removing any dead plants or potential tripping hazards,
instead create a happy experience with bright, colourful flowers and plants.
The Energy Triangle
The Chinese believe that Feng Shui energy mainly focuses on three central areas: the bedroom, kitchen and bathroom,
and therefore, these areas should be designed with a strong Feng Shui foundation with an atmosphere that is always kept fresh.
Realistically, this means you should declutter these areas and ensure good air and light quality to the rooms.
Clutter-clearing may be time-consuming but it will feel like therapy and help you to ‘lighten your load’
while opening a window and allowing as much natural light into your home as possible can make all the difference to a viewer’s impression of your property.
By clearing away unnecessary decorations and furniture you allow potential buyers to visualise themselves in your home, as well as making it look bigger.
Feng Shui additionally suggests packing away photos of yourself and your family for fear these will release energy that you are unwilling to leave the property and thus turn away buyers.
While the idea of negative energy being released in this way may not seem plausible to some, removing images of yourself will certainly help prospective buyers to imagine themselves making a home in your property.
Remember to give the house a thorough clean, especially windows which are considered the eyes to the home. It’s also worth ensuring that all windows (and doors) can be easily opened.
In the Feng Shui theory, the smell holds more power than the visual and utmost importance should be placed on removing unpleasant odours.
People tend to like natural scents, so use fresh flowers or plants to provoke a sense of freshness.
Alternatively, scented candles, such as cinnamon, are helpful in dispelling strange smells.
Feng Shui asks that all chairs, couches and beds have their back to a wall rather than the room entrance, or even a window.
This is because the philosophy believes that sitting with your back to an entrance will give you a sense of insecurity and make you easily distracted.
Have you ever sat in a room with your back to a door? It does give a sense of insecurity not being able to see who may be entering right?
Congruence / Harmonization
Check for uniformity and harmony in each room and remove objects that are incongruent with the function of that room.
For example, a bedroom should be a place of tranquillity and peacefulness and as such is not a suitable place to house a treadmill.
Whether you are a believer in the philosophy of Feng Shui or not,
if you apply the points above to your property then your home should be more desirable to viewers,
increasing the chances of selling quickly and for the best price!
Ted James, Head of PR (Pet Relations)
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