FENG SHUI for REAL ESTATE
Feng shui is very important in real estate. To stay current, check out my feng shui tips for 2017 Fire Phoenix year. Phoenix year is very fortunate for business transactions, including buying and selling property. But everyone wants a great deal! If a buyer and seller seem at odds, do what you can to negotiate the best deal to satisfy both parties.
It’s fine with Phoenix to pinch pennies, and act fast before interest rates rise. Phoenix, like Phoenix’s best friends Snake and Ox, is very good with money so remodeling is OK if you stick to a tight budget.
If you’re getting ready to sell, or looking to establish harmony in a new home, a personalized feng shui consultation is a wonderful way to reach your goals. Below are a number of real estate specific tips and tricks I’ve learned in my years of practice.
Before you even arrive at a property to buy or sell, observe your surroundings. If you are selling, make sure the outside is appealing and inviting! A solid, well-constructed home that does not have curb appeal is a hard sell. Adding round-leaved plants or flowers along the driveway or walkway, having an easily identified entrance, and clear address numbers all improve curb appeal. Upon entry, create a bright open entrance foyer.
Light and Luck
Good feng shui is present when rooms have interior light, sunlight and ventilation. When staging to sell, make every room bright. Nothing should be dark, gloomy, or cave like, even basements or den rooms. For sellers, on the day of your open house use an organic orange spray or bake cookies for an inviting aroma. Make sure to avoid pet smells, and no animals on the premises. Open houses on or near a full Moon are better attended than events scheduled during a dark Moon
For the buyer, really look below the surface of nice landscaping and a decorative remodel to see the basic bones of a property — not buy a place that’s falling apart because you love the green marble counter tops in the kitchen! Avoid impulse buys based on emotional reactions. It’s worth taking your time to look at many properties. In Fire Phoenix year, be analytical and picky.
SELLERS STAGING TIPS
Beauty attracts, clutter repels! So no litter or clutter anywhere.
Clean out closets and cupboards.
Windows should be clean with simple window treatments.
Be sure to have an impeccably clean garage.
Remember the importance of natural sunlight and good lighting.
Repaint rooms in clean and simple colors.
Raise or remove ceiling fans to make rooms feel larger.
Furniture and Identity
Having furniture arranged in the house gives your buyers an idea of where to place the big items such as beds and couches, but be careful: too-large furniture makes a home seem small and should be replaced.
It is important to depersonalize the space so the buyer feels they are moving onto a fresh, new home. Remove family photos, religious items, trophies, diplomas and personal awards.
Art and Silk Flowers
Consider removing wall art to make small rooms look larger. If you keep art for the open house, it should be hung at eye level. For good feng shui, remove any violent or chaotic imagery. In the bathroom, the toilet seat should be down and shower curtains closed. Silk floral arrangements are fine, but remove dried plants and potpourri.
If you have a pool behind the home, add shrubbery to separate the pool from the rest of the property. For health reasons, avoid chemicals and use reverse osmosis or another healthy way to maintain your pool.
BUYERS Home Checklist: Positive Attributes
You want flat land, or land that gently slopes up behind property— not a yard that drops off behind the home! A home is best on solid earth, not a home on stilts or partially stilted. The best floor plan is a lot that is a perfect square or rectangle, not an odd shape. To ensure you find a home in a peaceful, quiet neighborhood, return on a busy weekend night to hear how loud it is. Bedrooms should be located in the back of a home for quiet and restful sleep.
Most fortunate is a noticeable front door and entry, risers on all stairs and doors that fully open. Add a door between the bedroom and bathroom if needed in a large bedroom suite, or correct feng shui by adding a curtain or screen. The kitchen sink and refrigerator, which represent the element Water, should be separate from the stove, which represents the element Fire.
Look for a layout where the bed is placed in a commanding position so that the entry way is visible while in bed, but not in a direct line with the bed. It is not fortunate to have a bathroom in the center of the home, so it’s best if one bathroom wall is aligned with the exterior wall of the property. A single level home is luckier than a split level home.
BUYERS Home Checklist: Negative Attributes
Do not buy a home on a flood plain! Research this history of the plot of land you are considering. Many issues can be fixed during a feng shui consultation, but not this problem.
Also to avoid:
Plots that slope downward behind a house
Homes on exposed hilltops and ocean cliffs
Locations at T-intersections and corners
Next to a cemetery, fire or police station, mortuary or church
Near busy highways or dead ends
Homes with central spiral staircases
Ceiling beams or skylights located directly above the stove, bed or desk
For interiors, floor-to-ceiling windows are too yin, but can be corrected with window coverings. Also cover windows directly in line with the front door entry.
FENG SHUI TIPS for your REAL ESTATE OFFICE — or ANY OFFICE
- Open up the entrance. Keep it clean with an inviting welcome mat. And be sure that the address numbers are big and clear so your customers easily find you.
2. Consider the first things seen and smelled when someone enters. This sets the tone and makes a first impression.
3. Clutter must be removed! Customers and clients should enter a tidy environment or they will think you are lazy.
4. Do not sit with your back to the door. Sit facing the entrance, but not in the direct line from the entry.
5. Art on the walls should relate to the purpose of your business, not your personal interests.
Apply the Ba-Gua map in your office!
The far left corner is the wealth area. This matters in business!
The far right corner is the relationship area.
The middle of the back wall is the reputation/fame area.
These three areas are most important for your career.
Other areas of your office are:
The near left corner is the knowledge area.
The near right corner is the helpful people area.
The center near the entry is the career area.
The mid-wall to your right is the creativity/children area.
The mid-wall to your left is the health/family area.
These basic feng shui principles are useful, whether you’re buying, selling or updating a space for business. For more detailed guidance and solutions, schedule your feng shui consultation with Susan. Consultations are available in-person around San Francisco as well as remotely over FaceTime, and are tailored to meet the needs of your space to create peace and harmony.