Blog :: 04-2012

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Below you will find information on real estate, our local area, and the community. Please feel free to comment on any posts, we would love to hear what you think! 

5 Feng Shui Concepts to Help a Home Sell

1. Pay special attention to the front door, which is considered the "mouth of chi" (chi is the "life force" of all things) and one of the most powerful aspects of the entire property. Abundance, blessings, opportunities, and good fortune enter through the front door. It's also the first impression buyers have of how well the sellers have taken care of the rest of the property. Make sure the area around the front door is swept clean, free of cobwebs and clutter. Make sure all lighting is straight and properly hung. Better yet, light the path leading up to the front door to create an inviting atmosphere.

2. Chi energy can be flushed away wherever there are drains in the home. To keep the good forces of a home in, always keep the toilet seats down and close the doors to bathrooms.

3. The master bed should be in a place of honor, power, and protection, which is farthest from and facing toward the entryway of the room. It's even better if you can place the bed diagonally in the farthest corner. Paint the room in colors that promote serenity, relaxation, and romance, such as soft tones of green, blue, and lavender.

4. The dining room symbolizes the energy and power of family togetherness. Make sure the table is clear and uncluttered during showings. Use an attractive tablecloth to enhance the look of the table while also softening sharp corners.

5. The windows are considered to be the eyes of the home. Getting the windows professionally cleaned will make the home sparkle and ensure that the view will be optimally displayed.

Source: Sell Your Home Faster With Feng Shui by Holly Ziegler (Dragon Chi Publications, 2001)

Wait... What is that smell? Do you have pets?

Spring is a busy time for real estate sales. The market picks up dramatically this time of year but so does the competition. You've read the articles and took the advice. Likely you have improved your curb appeal, touched up the paint, de-cluttered your space and put out the Welcome mat. You are ready for potential buyers!

Wait...what is that smell? Do you have pets?

Don't let pet odors derail your home sale. You've worked hard to get your house ready to show; here are some tips to take care of that often overlooked problem-the dreaded pet odors!

Air out your house- Let the fresh air in, open all windows to circulate air and sweep out unpleasant odors. Spring is a great time for this.

Scrub thoroughly- Use vinegar to scrub bare floors and walls soiled by pets or try an odor-neutralizing product purchased at a pet supply store for $10 to $25. For bigger areas you may have to spend several hundred dollars to hire a service that specializes in hard-to-clean stains.

Paint, replace, or seal walls- When heavy-duty cleaners haven't taken the smell out of drywall, plaster, or woodwork, try adding a fresh coat of paint or stain. As a last resort replace the drywall or wood altogether.

Wash your drapes and upholstery- Pet odors hide in fabrics. Thoroughly clean all your fabric window coverings. You can clean upholstered furniture using a cleaner specially designed to remove pet hair or pay a pro.

Clean your carpets- This can be a do it yourself job but one that a pro will do relatively inexpensively, about $25 to $50 per room, depending on their size and condition of carpet. After the carpet dries, have a friend perform a sniff test, this will tell you if you need the extra deodorizing products. If carpeting cannot be sufficiently cleaned and deodorized it will need to go.

Place potpourri or scented candles in strategic locations- Put an exclamation point on your deep clean efforts with potpourri and scented candles. Don't go overboard, use a mild potpourri or candles in your entry to create a warm first impression, don't forget the kitchen and bathrooms.

Control ongoing urine smells- If your dog uses indoor pee pads, put down a new pad each time the dog goes. Be sure to dispose of them outside in a trash can with a tight lid. Don't forget to remove even clean pads from view before each showing.

Replace kitty litter daily and sweep up around the litter box. Don't forget to hide the litter box before each showing.

Relocate pets- Consider sending your pet on a temporary vacation with a really good friend or family member. If you cannot bear to be away from your pets, remove them from the house for showings and put away their dishes and toys.

These tips will allow potential buyers to see the best your home has to offer without distractions.