Home Staging with a Touch of Feng Shui
We ALL know that Home Staging and Redesign help enormously to get a home sold....FAST. Others wonder sometimes if Feng Shui also helps a home sell faster-and at a better asking price. After 12 years experience, I can honestly say it does.
Combing BOTH Home Staging AND Feng Shui create a space clients will fall in LOVE with. We ALL seek to create the same thing, a home that just FEELS good and looks beautiful. Clients will walk in and often see and feel a difference then they have in the other homes they've seen-most noticeably the vacants.
How DO you combine the two? It's not as difficult as you may think. Knowing just the basics of Feng Shuiand learning the Bagua will be a great asset to everyone-sellers, home stagers and realtors. It was interesting to me that in learning about Home Staging, Feng Shui Consultants do many of the same things but for different reasons.
Home Stagers put a bowl of fruit out; it incorporates colors and looks inviting. Feng Shui consultants often use fruit as well but to US it signifies ABUNDANCE. We also open the blinds and windows to let "the outside IN"which is an important principle in Feng Shui. We incorporate the FIVE ELEMENTS in each room for balance and a good flow of energy.
It is a misconception that using Feng Shui will make your home look like a Chinese Restaurant. Nothing needs to show. When you talk about "Curb Appeal" we think of the Entrance to the "Mouth of Chi." Interesting how many principles we BOTH use. We also Lighten Up spaces, clearing it of heavy furniture and CLUTTER(considered the most important thing in Feng Shui).
What CAN home stagers do to incorporate Feng Shui? Stand at the Front Door and look to the back left hand corner. This is the WEALTH area of the home. We suggest placing 3 or 9 coins in this area in a Red Envelope. It doesn't need to show! It can be behind a picture, couch, whatever is in that area.
Look to the back Right Hand Corner-Relationships. With builders, clients and realtors. In this area think in TWOS to signify the relationship. A pair of candlesticks (same size) will do. And don't forget those elements : ) These are just some additions we make. Making simple changes is only a small part of it. The important part is to do it with INTENTION. You INTEND the home to sell quickly-and are sending the Energy out that it will.
You are also infusing the home with your positive energy. If it sounds just like the Law of Attraction, it's because it is. We use the Principles of The Secret along with some changes and it works. I know of a Realtor here on Long Island that has a wonderful knowledge of Feng Shui---and never hesitates to tell her clients about it. She feels it gives her an edge. We are ALL looking for something to make us stand out from the others---using YOUR knowledge will help give YOU that "edge."
People ARE interested. In speaking to The Long Island Board of Realtors in November, 2006 I did a dual presentation on both Feng Shui and Home Staging. I had no idea how it would be received but when I was done, a long line formed with Real Estate Agents that had more questions. BOTH were a "hit." Although I do not rent furniture, I have been "rearranging"it (before the word ReDesign came along) for 12 years...(suddenly I feel VERY old)!
Home Staging with Feng Shui isn't so odd. Especially when people are burying St. Joseph's in the backyard. I hope that those who haven't tried it yet will do just a few simple things.
Laura Cerrano and Carole Provenzale--New York Feng Shui Consultants