Many people are somewhat familiar with the ancient practice of making a space more harmonious, but there are many ways to use feng shui to sell your home. Feng shui, as well as vastu shastra, both focus on the importance of creating a balanced, tranquil home environment.
When it comes to staging any home as a seller, an important thing to remember is that you want your prospective buyer to envision themselves living in your space.
If your buyer is someone who practices feng shui or vastu shastra, having a space that caters to these systems can be beneficial. For instance, what if you buyer was torn between putting an offer in at two different places they viewed? Chances are, if they are followers of either feng shui or vastru shastra, they will prefer a home that appears to be set up according to these principles. They will likely be more able to envision themselves in that space.
From this, you’ll have created an emotional attachment with the buyer, and therefore will be more likely able to increase your final sales price.
But first, let’s start from the beginning.
What is feng shui?
Feng shui is the Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing everyone within the surrounding environment. In English, it literally translates to ‘wind-water’, and has close ties to Taosim.
Feng shui looks at architecture in a metaphoric lens, wherein invisible forces bind the universe, earth and humanity. This is known as qi. Feng shui incorporates five elements, which are fire, water, earth, wood and metal.
In the past, feng shui was used to orient buildings of spiritual importance, like tombs. But it has since evolved to being practiced in many different buildings, including in houses.
Finding out whether a building has good feng shui essentially involves testing the architecture or set up using a collection of metaphors. The test may be static, or some kind of stimulation.
For example, a test might involve moving an imaginary person or creature like a dragon through a floor plan to uncover tight turns and tiny spaces before a building is actually built.
Similarly, when thinking about feng shui to sell your home, it’s important to make sure that a buyer can easily pass through an area. You will want to create easily followable, open pathways and make sure you don’t make buyers feel claustrophobic.
What does feng shui look like in a home?
If you’re thinking of using feng shui to sell your home, you may find that some of your property’s features are hard or impossible to change. One example is a staircase that directly faces the front door. While this is considered bad luck according feng shui, it is something that homeowners can do little about without undergoing a major renovation.
Despite this, there are ways to add feng shui to your home without having to undergo changes to the overall structure of your house.
How to get started with feng shui when selling your home
First, you will need to look around your home and figure out which rooms need feng shui the most. It’s tempting to focus on an already ‘good looking’ areas that you spend the most time in, such as the kitchen or living room, and ignore somewhere that might be a lot of work, like the laundry room or garage. But really, you should be focusing on the latter, especially when considering feng shui to sell your home.
Why? According to feng shui, the house is one entity, and it’s all about energy. One area that is neglected can eventually spread negative energy throughout the rest of the house.
Start with the main entry
When you’re getting ready for your first open house or viewing, make sure that your front door is the main point of entry. According to feng shui, the front door is how qi comes into the house. Although many houses are designed so that people can go in directly from the garage, one good feng shui tip is to make a habit of coming and going through your front door – something to keep in mind when inviting viewers to see your place.
Create a ‘landing’ place that is noticeable as soon as people walk in your front door. This could be a table with a nice lamp on it. A beautiful rug will also do the trick.
Place some type of fountain near your entry way to represent the element of water. It can be right inside or outside, so long as the water itself is flowing toward the entry to your home. The idea here is that wealth will be able to flow into your life, and will give prospective buyers a sense of how they can do something similar when they move in.
Little details matter
Making buyers feel like they belong in your home from the minute they arrive is important. Make sure that when they arrive in the next space of your house, the furniture is arranged so the backs are not toward the person entering the room. Instead, you want to create a space that is visually inviting.
Make sure to fix any squeaking hinges on your entry door. This sound is something you will hear at the beginning and end of each day, and your buyer, when coming to visit, will notice too. Since the entry way is such an important aspect of the practice, it makes sense to focus on every little detail if you are implementing feng shui to sell your home.
Staging a bedroom for good feng shui to sell your home
The location of the bed in the bedroom is important. The ideal situation is to be facing your door, but not in line with the door, while lying in bed. (Having the bed at a diagonal to the door would be best, but it’s not always feasible). So, to address this, simply find a mirror and adjust it so that it is possible to see the front door from the bed. Free-standing mirrors are useful for this because they are easy to move around. This way, when staging your home, a potential buyer can clearly see how they too could set up the same bedroom for good feng shui.
If there’s a TV in the bedroom, cover it. You want the bedroom to exude a space of quiet and calm. It’s a reality now that many people do have TVs in their bedrooms. If you can’t get rid of your TV before putting your house on the market, cover it with a pretty piece of fabric. Make sure that any images on the walls are calm and soothing, like landscapes. As with any home staging, no family photos or personal objects should be on display when preparing to sell your home.
Feng shui in the kitchen
Check out your kitchen cabinets. It’s not ideal for feng shui to have space between the top of your cabinets and your ceiling. This is because this space collects dust, which can attract negative energy. If you do have space, adding plants on top of your kitchen cabinets will help bring good feng shui.
What about other rooms in the house?
In the bathroom, try to have multiple sources of lighting, and mirrors. Keep the room warm.
Keep the bathroom door shut and toilet seat covered. Most real estate agents will tell you to make sure your toilet seat is closed before a viewing any way. So, what does this have to do with feng shui? It all goes back to the five elements. The bathroom is water’s way out of the house, and water is connected to wealth.
If you have a home office, it should ideally be as far away from your bedroom as possible. The design or decor should encompass the ideas of success, well-being and productivity. Make sure that you are mindful of the quality of air and light that come into the office as well. This is something prospective buyers who adhere to feng shui are likely to notice when looking at real estate.
One final but important tip if you are staging and using feng shui to sell your home: clean your windows. They represent the eyes to the world, and you want them to be as clean as possible in order to show your seller that they will be able to see and experience everything.
What is Vastu Shastra?
Vastu shastra is a practice from ancient India that involves finding harmony and prosperous living. It focuses on eliminating negative energies and enhancing positive energies around us. Many people of Indian and Hindu descent still practice it today.
The idea behind vastu shastra starts with the fact that humans spend most of their time inside, be it in their home or their office. Every environment has some kind of energy to it. People will experience both negative and positive energies in places that they visit. We are constantly surrounded by different energies 24/7.
Vastu shastra aims to make buildings more in line with nature to make people happier.
Directions are very important, and can be good or bad depending on the room or piece of furniture in it. Many vastu shastra best practices dictate rooms and large appliances to be in or face certain directions. But this can be difficult or not feasible to change when selling your home. So, what can you fix?
How to add vastu shastra to your home’s bedroom
Make sure that the bedroom is not in the South East of the house. This area is associated with fire. If this is the case for your home, there is a possible solve. Before a viewing, consider the furniture’s layout in the bedroom. Set up the bed to show that someone could potentially sleep with their head toward the south and feet toward the north. This will lessen the negative effects of the room being in the south east.
Don’t have mirrors in your bedroom, as they are associated with misunderstanding and quarrelling between couples. If you can, avoid having beds in the centre of bedrooms.
Since the South brings a deep sleep and ensures longevity, while the East brings enlightenment, the best way to position a bed in a bedroom is to have the head of the bed facing the South or East. Make sure there is no window directly behind the bed.
Vastu shastra in the rest of the house
It may be hard to alter the direction of your appliances to be completely in line with vastu shastra best practices. But there are other things you can do instead.
In the kitchen, Avoid the colour black on the walls, instead use yellow or rose. Avoid clutter, and make sure that your food, grain and utensil storage doesn’t create any mess. Ideally, store things in the southern or western side of your kitchen. The north east side is perfect for storing any type of water vessel.
In the bathroom, your walls should be light in color. Luckily, a new coat of paint before staging a home can be both budget friendly and extremely effective. It’s something that would be recommended to most sellers anyway, regardless of their practices.
In the home office, make sure the space is well lit, and ideally, with light coloured walls. Avoid clutter and ensure that there is space in the centre of the room. If you can, put bookshelves on the north, east, or north east side of the room
In the living room, paintings or pictures on the wall of waterfalls or the rising sun provide positive energy. Avoid images of animals or birds. Ideally, the colour of the walls will be yellow, white, blue or green. If possible, ensure that all furniture is square or rectangular.
Feng shui and vastu shastra in Silicon Valley
Chinese and Indian homebuyers make up a considerable portion of the real estate market in some metro areas like Silicon Valley.
When selling a home, things like the property condition and upgrades make it more attractive to potential buyers. Tie in some elements of feng shui or vastu shasta, and you have a space that appeals even more greatly to a significant percentage of people looking at homes. This, along with ensuring your home has maximum exposure on the market, will ensure that it sells for highest possible amount.
As a homeowner, you will likely work with a real estate agent. They can help you figure out how to use vastru shastra or feng shui to sell your home. They should be able to work with you to see how you can go about addressing or improving areas of your space that may not be fully in line with the principles of these ancient schools of thought.