Real Estate

Selling Your Home with Feng Shui

When selling a home, it's not enough to make it look good. Making it feel good is just as important. 

Published: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 | 11:52 AM

When you were house hunting, did you ever get the feeling that everything was “just right” when you walked into a house you liked? If so, then you know how feng shui works.

Feng shui is the ancient Chinese art of making physical and energetic adjustments to a space to create a balance and flow of positive energies. If you’ve been struggling to sell your home, maybe it’s time to add some feng shui magic to it and attract positive vibes.

As a renowned feng shui expert once said, sometimes it’s not just about curb appeal, it takes chi appeal. Chi is the life energy that feng shui tries to attract. It is achieved when everything is balanced beautifully. When you get that “feel good” feeling about a house, that is your body’s response to positive chi energy.

The location of the house is very important in feng shui, though one cannot easily change the physical placement of the home, the next best thing is making sure the surrounding areas are positively charged. This means making sure the street in front or around the house is clean and there is no sloping land behind the house. If there is a slope in the backyard, be sure to have it filled out for level ground.

Which brings us to another way to attract good chi, which is investing in some landscaping. It not only enhances your home’s physical aesthetic, but also adds value and attracts quality energy. Inside, invest in tall lush plants and fresh cut flowers, have good lighting, beautiful art, and create a feeling of space and expansion through strategic feng shui placement of furniture and mirrors.

When selling a home, it’s better if potential buyers see more of the home. That is, don’t make the home too personal. Give the prospective buyer more of the house, not your stuff. The less personal a house is, the less it looks used. And the less used it looks, the better.

But don’t overdo it. An empty home won’t give prospective buyers an idea how the home would look if lived in, but make it too lived in and you might deter buyers away. 
Good vibes in each and every room will result in good energy all round. A single room that emanates bad energy can make or break the sale, so be sure each room is positively charged with enough furniture to give buyers an idea of how it is to live in the home, yet not too cluttered to put them off.

Part of getting rooms primed for positive energy is to make sure everything is in working order. Repaint walls if needed, fix the caulking, and make sure all fixtures are repaired. Be sure to have appliances repaired and that all leaks are fixed. Aside from the positive vibes these bring, common sense dictates that no one wants to buy a rundown home too. So be sure to get handy (or a handyman) and start fixing.

Finally, when selling a home, most likely potential buyers go through the front door, right? The same is true for chi so having a strong front door is important in feng shui. Make sure the size and proportion of the door is right for the house, and the placement of the pathway that leads to it as well. If you are serious about fixing the chi in your home and making a sale, having these elements fixed can be worth your time and effort.

Don’t forget the other doors too, such as the back door, side doors, etc. There should be no direct door alignment as this creates a strong rush of chi, which leads to a loss of energy. If you can’t afford to change the position of a door (by means of a renovation) you can block the direct alignment with a wall, a drawer or cabinet, or any piece of furniture to block the rush of energy.

Selling a home these days isn’t easy, and all the help you can get is always welcome. Why not try feng shui? Who knows, it may be be exactly what you need.

If you need help in selling your home, contact Cynthia Tilleman today. A realtor with a solid background in interior design, Cynthia knows what looks right and what sells.

You can contact Tilleman for more information via email at or call (626) 825-0161; (626) 639-1676.

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