Everyone probably knows by now what to do to prepare your home for sale: Put aside family photos. Get rid of clutter. Fluff bedding. Leave every surface sparkling. But have you considered feng shui, especially if you are hoping to sell to buyers in the Asian community?
Despite the recent softness in the Canadian real estate market, Asian buyers still play an important role in several Canadian housing markets, most notably in Vancouver, but also in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Montreal. And, as one real estate agent notes, feng shui figures prominently in many purchase decisions by his Chinese clients.
In the ancient Chinese art of feng shui, feng refers to wind and shui to water. Together, good feng and shui encourages good health and fortune. Feng shui practitioners use certain principles in designing a home to maximize its feng shui, including the use or representation of water; and the inclusion of red and black in décor and of lighting that energizes.
Here are more suggestions to boost your home’s feng shui:
- Make sure the front door and pathway are well-maintained.
- Keep bathroom doors closed and cover kitchen sink drains, as open drains rob the room’s energy.
- If the back of your sofa is toward the entryway, it will bounce energy out. Turn it around.
- Raise buyer energy by hanging a wind chime or flag by the front right corner of the home.
- Finally, if your address includes the number 8, you’re lucky, because so is the number to Chinese buyers.