How important is Feng Shui in selling your home?

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By: Christel Silver
Special to the Delray and Boca newspaper

Feng shui claims to use energy forces to harmonize individuals with their surrounding environment. The term feng shui literally translates as “feng” = “wind” and “shui” = “water”

The feng shui practice discusses living spaces and working environment and creating a balance with the natural world. It has impacted the real estate decisions in China, Japan and Korea. And having many people in Florida coming from these countries, you have to be aware of this culture in successfully marketing your home.

Here are some feng shui guidelines for how to incorporate better flow and wellness into your life and your home. Create a home that is in harmony with feng shui.

You should understand the five key elements of successful feng shui. Wood, fire, metal, earth, and water all play large roles in creating that harmony and peace that’s so important in feng shui.

The front door is the “mouth of qi.” Naturally, the entry is first place to start when you want to create good feng shui in your home.

All the energy: wealth, opportunities, and resources, are welcomed into your life through the front door. Therefore, you need to have an inviting entry using feng shui, as the front door is one of the most important areas to look at for feng shui.

No glass front door and no front door aligned with the back door. The good energy forces enter your house, but leave it just as fast. Unclutter the front door. A lot of objects tend to accumulate at the front door, like shoes, umbrellas… I’m not saying it needs to be completely empty, but rather uncluttered.

Next, sweep and clean up the area. The front entry is often overlooked. Maybe you need to repaint the door and shake out the doormat. Take a good look around. Will this space will be more inviting and spacious by removing or adding anything?

Even without practicing Feng Shui, we always say how important the first impression is for selling homes, and that means a clean front door and a great curb appeal!

During this pandemic are we working from home more than ever. The home office is especially important as it symbolizes your career and your wealth. Therefore, the feng shui of your home office greatly affects your success in your work. It’s essential that the office is set up to encourage prosperity and the arrival of new opportunities for business, such as sales, new clients, etc. You should separate work from your personal life in order to help achieve positive energy.

In feng shui, plants embody life energy. What does that mean? Living green houseplants connect us to nature and bring vibrancy into our homes. Green plants are like fresh pressed organic green juice for our homes. Think freshness, health, and vitality. The most important thing to remember is to find plants that you can care for and are appropriate for the space.

In summarizing here are some good features for your home or office: Wind chimes – uncluttered spaces – Stones integrated with landscape – water features – bamboo, which lifts energy upwards – stoneware pots, which strengthen ties with Mother Earth – South facing windows.

Some features to avoid: Pie shaped lot brings bad luck – Clutter in any form – Glass front door. In feng shui, your entry represents how energy enters your home and your life. You may start with decluttering and removing any debris. Make it work for you.

 

About Christel Silver

Christel Silver is a full time Broker/Owner of Silver International Realty servicing the East Coast of South Florida. In 1985 she was licensed in Maryland and Washington, DC as a Realtor and later as a Certified Residential Appraiser and Associate Broker and has been in Florida since 2001. Silver is a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), and a certified speaker teaching CIPS classes. She served the Florida Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Chapter as President, as Regional Vice President helping Chapters to grow, and as a member of the Board of Directors for two years. She is the Global Ambassador for Austria and Germany in 2020. Fifty percent of her business is in the International arena. For more information visit www.silverhouses.com.