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Four ways to use feng shui to prepare your home for sale

By Peter Gow

Home styling is constantly borrowing inspiration from other cultures. If you’re in an area where potential buyers might appreciate the ancient wisdom of feng shui, it might be profitable to pay homage to the art when preparing your home for sale.

While there is a unique philosophy rather than science underpinning feng shui, many of its instructions about furniture arrangement make sense.

They can enhance the enjoyment of living in a home and improve the impression that it makes with buyers conducting a walk-through.

Below are some easy actions related to feng shui that could enhance preparations ahead of putting your home on the market, or even just increasing your zen!


Make sure they open and close easily. This improves energy flow. Doors must not be blocked or push up against a piece of furniture when opened. If it does, buyers will think the space in your home is inadequate.


If your home has an unimpeded line-of-sight from the front to the back door, that isn’t good, according to feng shui. Energy that comes into the home will escape straight out the other side. Arrange furniture so there’s not a runway through the heart of your home to ‘catch’ the energy on the way through.

Feng shui demands beds are strategically positioned. If your bed faces the door directly, you’re in what adherents call the “coffin position”. That’s because your feet are pointing out the door. And don’t put beds directly against a wall as this disturbs the balance of a room. It also makes a room feel smaller. 

If your property has an office area, don’t have the desk facing the window. If you do, your qi, or energy, goes out the window, too. And whatever you do, don’t put a desk in the main bedroom. It will affect your ability to relax and sleep properly.

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