HOME STAGING AND FENG SHUI FOR REAL ESTATE
A home that is not properly accessorized ~ silk decorative pillows, chenille throws, silk plants, ceramic vases, vanilla scented candles ~ just does not feel like a home. A home that is overcrowded with clutter can be distracting and even confusing to everyone who enters. So, how does Home Staging and Feng Shui fit together (actually more than you might think)?
Home Staging is the art of preparing homes for sale to attract the largest buyer audience possible using a multi-step approach that involves design, de-cluttering, addressing maintenance issues, color schemes, cleaning, lighting...
Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese philosophy that has been around for 3,000 - 5,000 years that believes creating harmonious surroundings will bring happiness, prosperity, and good health. Without realizing it, you may have blocked the flow of chi (life giving energy that flows through our bodies) by the unfortunate positioning of an object. Feng Shui does recommend de-cluttering, depersonalizing, cleaning, repairing, and then implementing the 5 elements (water, wood, fire, earth, and metal) in every room.
Home Staging teaches us take external curb appeal very seriously, as this is what a potential home buyer will see first and will either "like" or "dislike." Based on their first impression, the potential buyer will be seeking information to reinforce their initial impression. Home Staging a front entrance would consist of clearing the yard of debris, keeping the grass trimmed, placing flowers on either side of the main entrance, and purchasing a new front door mat. Feng Shui's teachings agree with all the above recommendations, but also takes its requirements further.
For a quick review of Feng Shui Front Door Tips, please take a look here: http://activerain.com/blogsview/1350418/staging-your-entry-way-and-front-yard-using-feng-shui-let-s-get-the-chi-moving-
The main goal of external curb appeal for both Home Staging and Feng Shui is to great a sense of harmony for all the potential buyers as they pull up to the home. According to Feng Shui, a positive first impression from the street will create an uplifted spirit and positive expectations. The amount and quality of Feng Shui chi (or energy) is largely determined by the condition of your front door and entryway.
The balance inside the home is very important and will influence how a person feels. Have you ever walked into a stranger's home and immediately felt at ease? Or have you ever been inside a home and been uneasy and not known why? Feng Shui believes that the first room you enter in a home will impact your psychology and physical health.
When a room is in balance, it will feel right and create a pleasant feeling. To achieve balance you need to ensure that the size and scale of objects within a room work with each other. All the elements in a room need to be taken into consideration and there should be no one dominant element overpoweringthe others. The art and accessories in a room need to be the proper size and need to be placed correctly to enhance the furnishing of the specific room. For example, the art behind a sofa needs to be 2/3 the width of the sofa; the art should not be wider than the sofa. All objects smaller than a cantaloupe are usually removed during Home Staging, they simply do not photograph well. When staging a living room table, accessories should be set in only one corner and there should be three items used of different size.
Feng Shui takes balance and symmetry very seriously. A bedroom should have two nightstands with lamps installed on them. The artwork, especially in the master bedroom, should be or pairs. Feng Shui believes that a strong headboard promotes growth in your career and solidarity in your relationship; the headboard should be attached firmly to the bed. Bed sheets should be pink to attract love and romance, and green or yellow for good health.
According to Home Staging, the master suite should be a calming sanctuary for all potential buyers to escape to at the end of their days. A Home Staging master suite basic setup is the two nightstands with lights using plush pillows and neutral bedding (probably not pink).
The more you look at Home Staging and Feng Shui, there seems to be substantial overlaps. Both techniques recommend bringing in plants, opening up windows, removing excess items, cleaning all the windows, replace burned out light bulbs, extracting clutter, make your house numbers and mailbox visible, creating external curb appeal, and ensuring the proper flow between furniture. Feng Shui goes much deeper than Home Staging with Baqua Maps and cures, but using Feng Shui to Sell Your Home will generate some fantastic results.
The more I learn about Feng Shui, the more it is incorporated into my home staging jobs. The changes are subtle but the results are not. By allowing the chi to flow unobstructed through homes, the potential buyer turnout has been fantastic. To ensure the chi does not flow out to fast, greenery is always brought in.
How much Feng Shui are you using in your Home Staging jobs? I bet it is actually more than you realize!
Kate's Home Staging and Redesignserves the Rockland County and Orange County area of New York, Bergen County and Passaic County of New Jersey. Kate is an affiliate member of the Passaic County of Realtors. Kate's Home Staging and Redesign is now offering Full Digital Services to sell your home quickly. In other words, we will bring in the accessories, we will stage your home, we will re-take all the digital pictures, and then we will load these pictures into a virtual show to help sell your home. The virtual show is being offered to all our clients FREE of CHARGE to help SELL your home. Visit www.kateshomestaging.com for more info or call 845-538-3623.