We’ve heard plenty of stories of homeowners looking for creative ways to sell their home. Can a smell sell a house? I’m not sure, but I know that it can’t hurt anything. If you have a secret bread or cookie recipe, why not bake a batch and leave it out for the Realtor and potential homebuyers that will be stopping by for a walk thru? And if you’re feeling generous, go the extra step and package them in a
goody bag for when they leave the showing!
The Chinese art of Feng Shui is also a favorite of many homeowners looking to improve their chances of selling their home. According to Chinese beliefs, Feng Shui attracts “positive energy to the home and energizes your life in the areas of health, career, love, marriage and wealth”. Many of the Feng Shui advice simply improves the look and feel of the home, which may be credited for part of the success of a quick sale. Consider adding flowering plants along the entryway (red is the preferred color), removing clutter, keeping stove burners clean and always light the path to your home. These tips are very similar to most of the advice I give to my clients, so maybe there is something to these. Whether it is simply good selling sense or something of a higher or spiritual power is up to the interpretation of the homeowner.
What about the St. Joseph statue? This is an old-standby in real estate superstition. Many Catholic (and NON-Catholic!) homeowners believe burying a St. Joseph statue in the front yard of your home can aid in selling the home quickly. The statue should be buried facing toward the street near the for sale sign and should be left buried for three days. When the three-day period has passed, according to the superstition, an offer should be made on the home. The final step in the St. Joseph superstition is to remove it after the offer has been received, accepted and finalized and then placed in a position of respect in the home.
The process of selling a home can be a stressful and challenging time for even the most patient of sellers. If cookies and flowers and patron saints can soothe the nerves and satisfy hesitant buyers than perhaps they aren’t superstitions, but rather good advice instead!