Selling a home is a time-consuming process that involves tedious paperwork, waiting, and hoping that a buyer will at least meet your asking price.
It's no wonder that generations of superstitions and old wives' tales have grown to help homeowners cope with the difficult process of selling a home and moving into a new one.
What do you do if you're moving, relocating, or downsizing and need to sell your home, but the stars aren't aligning in your favor? It's time to get that crystal ball out. Cross your fingers and take a look at these age-old house-selling superstitions before you put the rabbit's foot away. Maybe your luck will turn around!
When your house isn't selling, you may be willing to try anything—even something unusual. Although we know we can help you sell or flip your home, we understand that you may feel compelled to follow a few good luck customs. The following are several superstitions common around the world:
1. Numbers Matter; Pay Special Attention to 8 and 4
Of course, a list of superstitions will be incomplete without including numerology. Numbers have a lot of mystique, and their significance is still recognized in today's real estate market and growth. In real estate, the last non-zero digit of the selling price is said to bring luck.
In Chinese culture, for example, the number 4 is unlucky, while the number 8 is considered very fortunate. This is due to the phonetic pronunciation of the numbers: "eight" sounds like the Chinese word for riches and prosperity, while "four" sounds like the word for death. Instead of $504,000, try listing a home for $508,000.
2. Get Rid of Negative Energy to Increase Curb Appeal
Smudging, or the ritual of burning a bundle of dried sage leaves, is an ancient Native American tradition. Some herbs are commonly used to purify or bless people and places in some First Nations and Native American ceremonies, with sage being the most common to ward off bad energy.
All negative vibes and residual energies are supposedly removed and replaced with peace and light through a simple smudging ritual. Who doesn't want a little positive energy in their home?
3. “Go Out the Same Way You Came In”
This is a saying that most likely has its origins in old Irish superstition, and it was likely chimed by your grandmother when you came to visit. Doors are commonly known as transitional symbols, so all guests, including prospective buyers visiting your house, should be invited to exit via the same door they entered.
4. The Number 7 has a long and Illustrious history.
The number seven is considered lucky in Vegas and is a typical "favorite number" all over the world. But the influence of the number seven dates back to ancient times, and it's not just a number you'll cross your fingers for at the slot machines. The Greek, Chinese, Japanese, Egyptian, and Hindu religions all have a strong preference for this number.
The number seven was thought to be the ideal number by Pythagoreans, and we still see it repeated today. There are seven days of the week, seven musical notes, seven oceans, seven rainbow colors, and seven continents throughout the world. If you include the number seven in your asking price, it may help you attract a buyer faster.
5. Using Coins to Increase Your Financial Luck
In the Philippines, those who are looking to make the most profit from the selling their home have a tradition of scattering coins across the living room to bring financial prosperity.
6. The Number 13 Is Often Unlucky
The number 13 is the least liked number on the planet. The thirteenth floor is often omitted from high-rise towers and condos. In reality, according to the Wall Street Journal, only about 5% of high-rise condo buildings in New York City have a 13th floor.
The negative connotation attached to the number 13 stems from a variety of sources, but is most generally linked to Christian beliefs. Triskaidekaphobia is the term for a phobia associated with a fear of the number 13.
7. Fennel Seeds are said to Ward Off Bad Luck
The herb fennel was hung over doorways in Medieval Europe to keep bad luck and sorcery out of the building. For the same cause, fennel seeds were placed in keyholes. If you're having trouble selling your house, consider planting some positive vibes with strategically positioned fennel seeds.
8. It's All About Timing
The start of the moving process should be carefully prepared. Not only do you need checklists and boxes, but putting your house on the market or moving into a new home on a Friday, Saturday, or rainy day is bad luck. Thursday is the luckiest day of the week, according to Native American legend. According to some Western culture superstitions, the months of April, July, and November are the most unlucky for moving.
9. The Whole Nine Yards of Feng Shui
Attractive colors and strategic room arrangements have more to do with tradition than superstition, but Feng Shui has been practiced by thousands of home sellers, both superstitious and not. Some Feng Shui strategies are closely related to Daoism and are intended to keep the world and its inhabitants in harmony.
Feng shui is one of the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics, and it connects the invisible forces that exist between the universe, the earth, and humanity. Placing yellow flowers in living or dining rooms, turning on a light in each empty room for three hours a day, or hanging mirrors in the east, southeast, and northern areas of your home are all traditional Feng Shui techniques.
10. Bake Cookies
While this has obvious sensory effects, it is more likely to be a strategy than a superstition. According to legend, baking a fresh batch of cookies before listing your home for sale will bring you good luck. While there's no guarantee that this will actually change your luck, it will certainly fill the air with the scent of home.
11. Burying a Statue of St. Joseph
St. Joseph is the patron saint of families, workers, and both sellers and buyers of homes. He was a laborer and a carpenter, which may explain why he is the patron saint of workers and all things related to houses and real estate. Hundreds of years ago, European nuns would bury a medal or coin depicting St. Joseph on the land they wished to purchase for the construction of their convent. The St. Joseph medal/coin evolved into a statue over time, and the ritual shifted from buyers to sellers.
12. Sweep Only in the Morning
In West Africa, it is customary to do all of the housework first thing in the morning. If you want to sell your house quickly, don't sweep it at night, or you'll sweep away good luck.
We can help you sell your home quickly.
Although these superstitions have been around for a long time, there is something a little silly about only relying on luck to sell your house. If you need to sell your home quickly and don't want to risk bad luck, give us a call.
You can avoid the hassles of selling your home to a conventional Realtor and still get top dollar. We make the whole process easy and fast so you can get back to living your life. Whether you need to sell your home due to divorce, foreclosure, debt, or a job move, we will work with you to get you the cash you need.