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The fundamentals of Feng Shui have been around for thousands and thousands of years in the middle eastern countries. However, Feng Shui has recently been gaining understanding and acceptance in the United States. Let’s look at it from a more practical angle. You leave for work nicely dressed, you’re having a good hair day, you’ve got enough cash for a nice lunch with friends and the sun is absolutely gorgeous today. Does that start your day off right? Sure it does!

Let’s look at it on the flip side. You come home tired from working at a stressful job all day, pull up to a dark unwelcoming home and walk into a musty smelling house and a sink full of dirty dishes. Does that put a smile on your face? Certainly not!

Practical and Common Sense To Make Your Home Welcoming
Think of Feng Shui in the same practical and common sense way. Let’s begin by walking up to someone’s home. The front porch is swept and neat, the entrance door is freshly painted with recently polished hardware and colorful plants line the front walk. Do you feel you’re entering an inviting home and will be welcomed. Absolutely!

Increase Positive Energy Using Feng Shui
Those feelings are like Feng Shui – plain and simple. Feng Shui is the movement and flow of energy, both positive and negative, that occur in and through a home. In more practical terms, you want your home to have only positive energy. That’s what you do when you open the windows, let in some fresh air, let the sunshine in through open curtains, dust the cobwebs, put out a pretty houseplant and a dish of nice smelling potpourri. Can’t you just imagine the room now?

Your Heart Knows When A Home Is Loved
Whether you believe in Feng Shui or not – you know in your heart when a home is cared for and loved. That’s the feeling you want your home to express to visitors and family, whether you are selling your home or plan on staying put for awhile. Study a bit more on Feng Shui, and I think you’ll see what a positive difference it can make in your home, at your work and in all areas of your life. Be sure to put a little Feng Shui in practice before your home appraisal so the positive energy can help to boost your home value!

Sherie Smith, Certified General Real Estate Appraiser and Consultant, Copyright 2010

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