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6 feng shui secrets to sell your home

Sell that home with feng shui
Sell that home with feng shui © Dmitry Pistrov/

Trying to sell a house this year? Consider using feng shui.

The practice, which originated in China, is a very down-to-earth analysis of what does (and doesn't) make your home appealing and inviting, says Terah Kathryn Collins, author of "The Western Guide to Feng Shui" and founder of the Western School of Feng Shui.

"I think the whole popular notion of staging is all contained within the practice of feng shui," she says.

Everything we associate with staging -- from clearing the clutter to making the place smell good to sprucing up the entryway -- are all feng shui strategies, she says.

But feng shui experts are the first to admit that it, alone, won't sell your house, says David Daniel Kennedy, a feng shui practitioner and author of several books on the topic, including "Feng Shui for Dummies."

First, you want to have "the right price, the right agent and the right marketing plan," he says.

"Those are the three basics that have to be right or feng shui is a nonstarter," Kennedy says. Once you have that, then you can put some feng shui techniques to work -- to amp up your chances of a sale, he says.

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Trying to sell your home? Feng Shui your way to your buyer!

When you stage your home to sell, you�re using Feng Shui strategies. Arranging the furniture to face the entry way of a room allows visitors to feel more welcomed when they enter a space. Don�t isolate a piece of furniture. Instead, create a space where people will want to sit and talk. Arrange two chairs diagonally next to a small table.

The way a space is arranged has the ability to over-power people, so you�ll want to make sure your home feels comfortable to your buyer, not cramped. Always keep an open path, which could mean getting rid of some furniture.

It�s not about your style; it�s about your buyer. Your buyer needs to imagine their life in your home so it�s best to take down any family photos or religious signs. Replace the painting of the dogs playing poker with a nature scene, so it�s more relaxing for your buyer.

In order to sell your home, you have the right place, the right price, and the right plan. Otherwise your feng shui techniques won�t change anything.



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