Real Estate Term of the Day: Feng Shui

Real Estate Term of the Day: Feng Shui

FENG SHUI – (pronounced “fund shway”) ancient Asian art of creating harmony and balance within an environment (Barron’s Dictionary of Real Estate Terms)

According to the Institute of Feng Shui & Geopathology, “Feng Shui we evaluate a house and its property for sufficient Chi (pronounce “chee“). Chi is the living energy of all beings and also of the land and buildings there.  Here are some general principals from the Institute for creating sufficient Chi in your home whether you are trying to sell your home or not:


  • Start with de-cluttering your home – (Sellers: this will also give you a great head start on packing for you move)
  • Get rid of items you don’t need.  I use the time test, if I haven’t used it in the past year do I really still need it?
  • Organize papers, books, clothes, etc
  • Remove obstacles in the home (furniture, decorations, etc), blocking the flow of Chi
  • Provide a clear path to all entrances & exits
  • Decorate with colorful, friendly, positive images

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

  • Always seek a strong position for the bed with good support from behind, such as a solid wall behind the bed with no window or empty space there
  • Always make sure to shut toilet lids
  • Avoid too much metal (such as: metal bed frames, metal furniture, ceiling lamps, TVs, stereos, as well as mirrors)


  • Remove obstacles in front of the house (bushs, trees, garages) again, blocking the flow of Chi
  • Make your front entrance welcoming – (Sellers: a freshly painted door with a welcome mat and plants/flowers will intrigue buyers to want to see your home)
  • Use natural materials for the garden: flat stones and bricks for pathways instead of asphalt; wood for fences instead of plastic; terracotta and clay for pots instead of concrete or composites
  • Keep bushes small enough so they don’t cover doors or windows. Hidden or blocked entrances inhibit Chi and weaken the house
  • Dead trees and bushes must be removed – together with the roots

For more Feng Shui, see: Sell Your Home Faster with Feng Shui

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