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We always look at every possible way of ensuring that every home we are marketing has the best chance of being sold for the highest price, in the shortest amount of time.I read a lot of estate agency and property industry magazines and websites to stay on the ball and hear about new ideas and ways of marketing people's homes.An article which caught my eye last week was from America. It said how estate agents (or realtors as they're known across the pond) were calling in Feng Shui experts in a bid to make homes sell quickly and for the best price.Thankfully we haven't reached that point in Forest Hill as the market is roaring with offers above asking prices being made but the article did make interesting reading and raised some good, common sense points.For those of you who are unaware, Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese philosophy based around positioning objects and buildings to maximise a positive flow of energy and, many believe, to create good luck and good fortune.Feng Shui has been around for 5,000 years, so it's nothing new. Read these five ways Feng Shui can help sell your home and decide for yourself.
  • Arrange your living room so that people who walk in aren't met with the backs of furniture. i.e. sofas.
  • Keep a lid on it. Yes I'm talking about your loo. Feng Shui experts believe that water is linked to money and the toilet is one place that water (money) 'escapes'. Even if you don't buy this theory, keep your lid closed anyway. It just looks better.
  • Place thriving plants or flowers in the corners of rooms. This gives the property energy and life according to Feng Shui. Again a wilting plant gives off a negative image of a property.
  • Less is certainly more. Feng Shui experts share estate agents' beliefs when it comes to clutter. Their view is get rid of it to create a good flow of energy in every room.
  • To quote the song from the Frozen film my daughters love -Let it go. This is an interesting one and I've seen this before during my career. Sometimes people subconsciously don't want their homes to sell for whatever reason. In this situation we advise sitting down and thinking about why you want or need to sell and why it's for the best.
So what do you think? Is FS full of rubbish? Or can it really change people's lives and make homes more saleable?Thanks for reading.Ben , We always look at every possible way of ensuring that every home we are marketing has the best chance of being sold.