How To Use Feng Shui to Makeover Your Property For Sale

How to Use Feng Shui To Makeover Your Property for Sale

We’ve heard the term several times; we’re familiar with what it’s about. We’ve seen stores that promote it and read articles that talk about it. But what really is feng shui?

Feng shui is derived from an ancient Chinese poem that talks about how our lives as humans are connected to nature and how our energies flow with the environment around us. In terms of how it can be applied in the home, it is the concept of arranging pieces in a space in a way that it creates harmony and balance with the natural world. All the basic principles of feng shui reflect nature.

The concept of feng shui for the house is pretty easy to put into practice. We came up with several different tips for you for each element of feng shui.

  • Garden
  • In front of the house
  • Lighting
  • Entrance
  • Furniture
  • Accessories
  • Ambience
Garden

Garden

Maintain a low-maintenance garden by grouping separate potted plants and arranging them in a specific order. Choose garden furniture that best complements the space. If possible, put a water feature like a small man-made pond or a waterfall by the wall.

For finishing touches, add mood light for a more dramatic effect.

In front of the house

In front of the house

Make sure that the front of the house is clean and tidy. Designate a path towards the entrance of your home and repaint the exteriors, especially the areas that don’t look fresh and new.

To welcome positive energy, ensure that your door is a vibrant, positive color that serves as a prelude to everything inside your home.

Lighting

Lighting

For overhead and lamps, make sure you use high-wattage globes all of which should be in working order and are clean. If you want to put curtains on the windows, make sure they are tied so as not to obstruct the light coming in from outside.

Entrance

Entrance

Upon entering, make sure that the entryway fully opens inside the house. Try not to put mirrors as whatever good energies entering your home can be reflected back outdoors.

If you have enough space, you can put a tall flower arrangement or plant to include nature and welcome people as they enter the house.

Furniture

Furniture

When you set up furniture, maximise the space without crowding it with so many items. Choose furniture that’s just the right size for the room and make it feel welcoming and cosy. If you want to put lounges, put them up against the wall; it is preferred not to have space at the back of the lounge.

Use mirrors in dark rooms to reflect whatever light is available. Remove pictures that are too big for the room. Keep a clear path from one end of the room to the other; don’t obstruct it with furniture so that the entire room will flow.

Accessories

Accessories

Only go for interesting accessories. The bolder the better, because you’ll only need a few pieces. Less is more holds true for feng shui when it comes to accessories. Do not use potpourri or dried flowers for whatever purpose as the home should reflect life.

Ambience

Ambience

Music and sound have huge effects on the overall ambience of a home. The sound of a water feature can make you feel more relaxed. Chosen scents and smell also help with soothing you after a long day. Relaxation is all about the senses so feng shui helps you balance everything.

Feng shui is a nice practice to try at home or when you are about to sell your property. 

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Things to Remove from Your Home Before Selling

Things to remove from your home before selling

Moving on to a new home and selling the old one takes some preparation. It requires some time and energy, not to mention your focus.

One of the biggest tasks that you need to make time for is when to declutter. To sell your home, it has to be spick and span so it will attract more buyers. Get through this daunting task by removing the following things from your home before selling.

  • Old linen
  • Unnecessary furniture
  • Household chemicals
  • Hoarded toiletries
  • Outdated utility plans
Old linen

Old linen

Out with the old and in with the new because there is no room in your new home for old linen. 

The new homeowners will want their own style reflected in the house because they will probably have it renovated before they move in. You don’t need it in the new home because you’ll be doing the same. So, better to get rid of these old linen by giving them away to charity, friends, or relatives who can make use of it.

Unnecessary furniture

Unnecessary furniture

There could be furniture that you’ve outgrown or those that you don’t need anymore because you’ve upgraded and went for automated stuff instead. Get rid of the unnecessary furniture by selling them or giving them away.

This will make room for new furniture and at the same time, if you opt to sell them, additional funds for the move.

Household Chemicals

Household chemicals

Dispose of unused paint or any other household chemicals that you aren’t taking with you during the move. It can be dangerous to the health of the new homeowners especially if they have kids.

Hoarded toiletries

Hoarded toiletries

Make time in your schedule to go through all cabinets and storage areas so you can check if you have toiletries and other household items that you can throw away or give to people who can use them.

Outdated utility plans

An outdated utility plan

Update utility companies of your new address. Your internet subscription, your electricity bill, water, and even the phone companies. This way, you won’t have a problem with delayed statements and disconnection notices for the new owners.

Property staging can be an important part of ensuring a successful sale of your home. Working with a professional property stager, or interior designer, is the best way to make sure that every room in your home looks its very best for showing. They will help you create a sleek and minimalist look by suggesting items to remove or pack away, such as large pieces of furniture that take up too much space or overly-personal items like family photos. By eliminating clutter and creating an open and airy feel, potential buyers will be able to easily envision themselves living in your property--increasing the chances that it sells quickly and at a good price.

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Old Is Gold: Styling an Older House for Sale

Styling an older house for sale

Your house is an extension of yourself–your character. How it looks and how it feels reflects your current state as its owner and as a person. 

However, either out of need or preference, there will come a time that you might have to let go of your property. As this is the case, leaving your house in a certain state will serve to represent who you are–and that is something you should not leave to interpretation.

Styling an old house for sale need not be a daunting task. You can derive great delight in staging it which leaves an indelible impression on prospective buyers. 

Traditional style home décor is far from being passé. For what it's worth, it bears a timeless charm that almost everyone can appreciate. Here are a few tips to help you style and spruce up an old home that you will be putting up for sale.  

  • Freshen your property with paint
  • Know when to use drapes or in-window shades
  • Make theree best of etags
  • Bring in a dash of contemporary
  • Establish zones
Freshen your property with paint

Freshen Your Property With Paint

Traditional home architecture styles at times make use of lavish trims and moldings. These tender ceilings, windows, doors, walls, and floors have a personality that is simply hard to let go of even by the more contemporary design-leaning folks. If you're dealing with the desire to revitalize your space without compromising its trims and moldings, you can give it a fresh coat of paint following your planned color palette.

Provided they are in sound condition, painting the trims is recommendable. While it should be in the same colour as the ceiling and the walls, do gloss the trims to highlight it. You can also choose to paint it with neutral contrasting shades. Be sure to unify all rooms in the house to establish consistency. 

Know When to Use Drapes or In-Window Shades

Know When to Use Drapes or In-Window Shades

Drapes are a good choice to cover up awkward window frames. When we say awkward, we are referring to the more quirky stylings (in the most unexpected of areas) that may not stand the test of time. In a sense, instead of being classic it tends to become "a product of its time." Dressing these types of windows with drapes does the job of hiding the design but at the same time still allowing natural light into your home.

Meanwhile, if you think that the window frames are worthy of being showcased but still want a sort of covering, install in-window shades. Not only will this allow you to keep the frame exposed, but this also allows you to give a modern touch to the space and most importantly, privacy.

Make Thèree Best of Étags

Make Thèree Best of Étags

Airy and open shelves provide storage and organization of trinkets and collectibles without having to change anything in space. Regardless of where it is placed inside your house, it can imbue it with a quaint appearance that is fit in a vintage setting. 

Bring In a Dash of the Contemporary

Bring In a Dash of the Contemporary

Neat, minimal, and simple in nature, furniture and appliances of contemporary design are good additions to old, traditional-style homes. Choose contemporary pieces that are not dramatically modern compared to your existing furniture. Make sure that they still complement what you have.

Placing modern furnishings across different rooms of a vintage home breathes new life into its interiors. This makes for an interesting design and aesthetic.

Establish Zones

Establish Zones

Traditional home architecture styles tend to have unusual layouts. If this is something that you think could be made better, we advise that you divide the space into zones. Turn them into square spaces by separating them with furniture like benches, chairs, étagères, and the like and have the floor covered with a rug.

Representing Yourself

Selling your old home is bidding a part of yourself farewell. So make sure that you bring a proper sendoff by giving it the love and attention it deserves and styling it the way you want to represent the kind of homeowner you are.

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