Selling your home? Many homeowners break at least one of these five Feng Shui rules. Improve your home's appearance - and its appeal to buyers - by checking it against this short list.
Clutter is never charming and it never helps a house to look “lived in". Clutter attracts and conceals dust and dirt. Homebuyers know this, and it is one of the most common violations of Feng Shui principles.
On your own, or with a home organization specialist, go through every room in your home. Don't skip the attic or the basement. Find every morsel of clutter and either put it in its rightful place, or get it out of your home.
When visitors or homebuyers are expected, some people think they can hide the clutter. To do so, they break every Feng Shui role in the book. They shove dirty laundry under the bed. They cram junk into every available closet and drawer. Crowded attics and basements become even more overloaded.
These tactics rarely fool anyone, and they're especially dangerous when you're selling your home. A nosy homebuyer may open your oven, especially if it's staying with the house. If they see a stack of dirty dishes in the oven, they may wonder what else you are hiding, and if it affects the value of the house.
Don't make that mistake. If you don't have the time or will power to get clutter out of your house, put it into boxes and take them to a storage unit at least a mile away from your home.
(Clutter that's too conveniently near your home will find its way back. Move the clutter out, and keep it out, at least until you sell the house. )
Things where they don't belong
People aren't comfortable when objects are left in places where they don't belong. It doesn't matter how clean and tidy the area looks, if objects are in the wrong place, they must be put away.
Feng Shui also suggests that each area of the home should serve a particular purpose. When you blur the lines, or leave things where they don't belong, you lose a sense of order and tranquility in your home.
If you are using your kitchen table for your home-based business, invest in a desk or worktable. Place it in a part of the house that is dedicated to your business.
Your freshly washed laundry may be neatly folded on your dining room table, but the laundry must be moved before your realtor arrives with prospective buyers.
Here's a Feng Shui tip: Go through your home with a clipboard and write down everything that seems to be out of place or in need of repair. Assign those chores to members of your family or students eager to earn a little extra money. Do your best to complete the cleaning and reorganizing as soon as possible.
Especially in homes where there are children and pets, dirt can build up steadily. Because the dirt always seems to be there, you may not notice it. This is especially true of light switches, refrigerator and freezer doors, and the floor in front of the refrigerator.
Pets leave their own marks throughout house. If your cat or dog likes to rub against a particular corner, or scratch a door or patch of carpet, you may be so used to it, you don't notice the dirt and damage.
Toddlers can also leave fingerprints and spills around the home. Your middle school child or teen may leave cracker crumbs around the sofa cushions. Adults frequently intend to clean up rings on furniture left by coffee mugs or beverages, and then forget.
These kinds of dirt are easily overlooked. Schedule one day a week-or more often, if you need it-to go around the house with a damp, soapy towel and clean off surfaces that accumulate dirt and fingerprints.
In some forms of Feng Shui, habitual dirt can be connected to self-esteem issues. Others believe that lingering dirt prevents people from moving forward to a happier future.
Too much or too little light
In Feng Shui, balance is essential. Extremes are avoided. This includes too much or too little light.
Many homeowners think that a dark room looks cozy. This is especially true in cold climates. However, rooms that are too dark can seem stuffy and make homebuyers feel uneasy. They may feel as if the dim lighting was designed to conceal defects.
Instead, use sheer and light-colored curtains to let light in through your windows. Add extra indirect lighting as necessary. Paint the walls a pale color, or use white and pastel slipcovers on your furniture.
At the other extreme, a room with too much light can feel as if there is no privacy. In Feng Shui, one solution is to add medium and dark colored wooden furniture or accessories. In addition, rich, jewel toned throw pillows or accents can offset excessive brightness.
Use light bulbs in softer colors, or with lower wattage. Light concealing curtains or drapes can also help.
These are the top five Feng Shui mistakes that can prevent your home from selling. When placing your house on the market, if you have a clean, orderly home, you are already miles ahead of the competition.
Aisling D'Art is a respected Feng Shui consultant. Read more free Feng Shui tips and articles - and sign up for a free Feng Shui course - at her popular website, “Shui To Go!" at http://www.ShuiToGo.com/