Using Feng Shui to Correctly Prepare Your Home for Sale

Home Stager with Kates Home Staging and Interior Design Owner & Lead Designer

Using Feng Shui to attract more potential home buyers is a fantastic idea.  When you start to look at the Feng Shui recommendations, you will see that some of them are identical to what you may be doing already to prepare your client's homes for sale.  Feng Shui does recommend de-cluttering, depersonalizing, cleaning, repairing, and then implementing the 5 elements (water, wood, fire, earth, and metal).

Here is a Feng Shui 5 Element Cheat Sheet for preparing your homes for sale:



Objects to Use







Wavy lines



Wood Furniture

Hard wood floors


Vertical growing plants






















Each element needs to be represented in every room but not equally in every room.  In the United Stated, most rooms tend to be dominated by the wood element and are missing the fire element. An element should be brought into a room to increase balance.  The fire element can be brought into a room through the additional of a red pillow.

The goal of Feng Shui is to make sure chi or energy flows smoothly.  This is very important if you are trying to sell your home. By using Feng Shui we want to attract the potential buyer from the external curb and once they are inside the home we want them to feel so comfortable they want to stay. Feng Shui considers all five senses and wanting to create an emotional response to the home's environment from the potential buyer.  The walk from your car to the front door is also very important and needs to be maintained. During this timeframe we are aiming to capture the buyer's interest in the property and the front door (mouth of chi) should be a dramatic focal point.  Great colors to paint a front door are black or dark brown, this will definitely draw the buyer's eye in to the front door.  The welcome mat should be a semi-circle on the outside of the home. Once inside, the entry way is the most important room since a buyer will decide in under a minute on whether or not they will buy your home. The entry way is also the last part of the home the potential buyers will see.  It is always a good idea to have a mirror in the entry way (but pay close attention to what is being reflected, do not point it towards the door) and no sharp furniture pointing towards the front door.

Using a Baqua Map and aligning it with the home's front door will help you identify the various centers of your room.









Helpful People/Travel

Approximately 75-80% of the home's front door will enter through the Career center. The Helpful People room will be the room most buyer's go into after the front door.  The Wealth center definitely needs a tall green vertical plant. Your business cards should go into the Career center.  In the Marriage/Relationships center you need to show pairs, it could be pairs of decorative pillows or even pairs of lights on either side of the bed. According the Feng Shui there really is no good place for a bathroom, so please leave the toilet lids closed and the door to the bathroom closed. Remove all your personal items from view also. A mirror facing a bed is also not recommended in Feng Shui, it possible you should eliminate any mirrors in the master bedroom.

To sell your home quickly, you need to address the Wealth, Fame, Marriage, Career, and Relationship areas of your home.

- Kate

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Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889

Kate.. Some people might shrug off Feng Shui.. but it HAS worked for me... or so I choose to believe.  Thanks for sharing.

valerie osterhoudt

Nov 01, 2009 07:23 AM #1
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

Thanks for posting in our Feng shui for real estate group -- all the best.

Nov 01, 2009 09:13 AM #2
Kate Talarico
Kates Home Staging and Interior Design - Goshen, NY
RESA, Top Orange County Home Decorator & Stager

I have used Feng Shui on my office desk and feel more positive energy around me. I believe that Feng Shui works and can improve our lives. 

Thanks for all your kind words.

Nov 02, 2009 03:43 AM #3
Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

When I joined ActiveRain and started reading about Feng Shui, I discovered that I'm just a natural at it.

Nov 02, 2009 01:51 PM #4
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Kate, I loved it!  Talk about summing it up and you're so right on so many counts.  Red or Fire is the number one element I see missing in homes! 


Kate Case Feng Shui Chi Award

Nov 03, 2009 01:38 PM #5
Kate Talarico
Kates Home Staging and Interior Design - Goshen, NY
RESA, Top Orange County Home Decorator & Stager

Russel ~ I also really enjoy Feng Shui and the more I read about it, I discovered that I was actually already implementing a lot of it.  It really is a great tool.  Thanks for posting.

Carole ~  Thank you so much for the CHI AWARD.  I know that I am only a beginner to Feng Shui and it will take years to learn everything but I really enjoy learning about it.  I created my cheat sheets to make it easier on myself when I go to a client's home to figure out the missing items.  Thank you so much for the recognition, I am thrilled.

Nov 04, 2009 12:00 AM #6
Sylvie Conde
Sutton Group-Associates Realty Inc., Brokerage - Toronto, ON
Broker, Toronto Real Estate

Kate, this is great.  Carole reblogged your post and I decided to come here, and reblog it as well, as I think you have some great information, that I'd like to share with friends and clients.
Great information... even I will have to decide what to do with the dresser mirror in the bedroom.

I have to say, there's lots of 'fire' in my house, from decorative pillows to candles, to table cloth ...
Now, the plants, that's a different story. All my plants die. They hate me or my house - or both.  Any suggestions? :) 

Nov 04, 2009 12:13 AM #7
Kate Talarico
Kates Home Staging and Interior Design - Goshen, NY
RESA, Top Orange County Home Decorator & Stager

Sylvia - In my kitchen I am able to grow all my plants in a graden window.  In my living room, I use a faux 4 foot plant and one small (real) plant in front of a window.  I also do not have much of a green thumb, but I use miracle grow with water about once a month to help keep my plants going.  Thanks for reblogging my post and your kind words.

Nov 04, 2009 12:42 AM #8
Deena Cottingham
GreenApple Staging & Images, Calgary Staging & Photography - Calgary, AB
Home Stager & Photographer

Great information covering the basics of Feng Shui! I will be much more conscious of implementing these ideas.

Nov 17, 2009 02:32 AM #9
Kate Talarico
Kates Home Staging and Interior Design - Goshen, NY
RESA, Top Orange County Home Decorator & Stager

Deena ~ Thanks for your kind words.  Feng Shui really can make a positive difference in a home.

Nov 20, 2009 07:13 AM #10
Cathy Brosius
Arranged Smartly LLC - Saint Louis, MO
Home Staging St. Louis region

What a lot of great, concise info! Just what I needed to begin to understand feng shui.

Nov 22, 2009 12:36 PM #11
Kate Talarico
Kates Home Staging and Interior Design - Goshen, NY
RESA, Top Orange County Home Decorator & Stager

Cathy ~ Glad I could help.  I really like the cheat sheet, it helps me keep everything organized.

Nov 23, 2009 04:56 AM #12
Kathi Presutti
RE:STYLE LLC - Brighton, MI
Re:Style, LLC

I'm a bit Chi challenged, so I appreciate all the helpful hints--thanks so much!

Jan 01, 2010 08:47 AM #13
Kate Talarico
Kates Home Staging and Interior Design - Goshen, NY
RESA, Top Orange County Home Decorator & Stager

Kathi ~ You are welcome, I hope the advice helps.  Kate

Jan 01, 2010 10:03 AM #14
Rita Minion
O'Brien Realty - Solomons, MD

Hello Kate,

I enjoy reading your blogs and learning more about Feng Shui.  The advice & tips for real estate is very helpful.  Thank you for your easy to read articles on Feng Shui.  I appreciate it!



Feb 27, 2010 03:12 PM #16
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

This is really informative! I learned a lot about Feng Shui today! Thanks for the post!

Feb 27, 2010 06:57 PM #17
Kate Talarico
Kates Home Staging and Interior Design - Goshen, NY
RESA, Top Orange County Home Decorator & Stager

Rita ~ You're very welcome.  I am glad you can apply Feng Shui to Real Estate.

Cheryl ~ You're welcome. Thanks for stopping by.

Feb 28, 2010 02:24 AM #18
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