Spring seems like the perfect time for an update on using Fung Shui principles to get your house poised to attract the ideal buyer.

If you recall, Feng Shui is the practice, originating in China, that brings in energy, referred to as chi, to harmonize people to their environment. So when it comes to selling houses, you want to turn up your chi in order to harmonize with as many potential buyers as possible.

Without going into the spiritual or philosophical rational for these steps, here are a few ways that translate into specific things you can do to boost your house’s chi.

Chi does not like clutter or chaos, and neither do prospective buyers.

De-cluttering and cleaning is the first step in the process. This means clean, clear counters in the kitchen and bathrooms, no stacks of clothes on the bedroom floors or draped on the treadmill, and no stacks of dirty plates and glasses on the bedside tables.

It Takes Two, Right

Now that the kitchen counters are clean, as you face your kitchen head on, find the point that is in the farthest right spot, and place two of something. You can use a vase with a pair of roses, a pair of color-coordinated salt and pepper shakers, or a pair of cook books. The important concept is the far right corner and a combination of two complementing items.

The Welcome Mat

At the entrance to your home, you need to place a black door mat. It can be either an oval or a rectangle. Your front door is the mouth of your chi. And a black mat is a symbol for water, which welcomes and projects energy. Your front entrance also needs to be clean, with a spotless floor, a fresh coat of paint, and brilliant hardware.

These are all symbols of positive chi. The opposite would be a dingy doorway, with corroded hardware, dust and dirt on the door and stoop, and a raggedy old rattan mat. These are not harbingers of good chi.

The Power of Red

At either side of your front door, you should place plants with the colors of fire. Red, orange, and pink would be preferred. Live plants in black pots are ideal, but you can use fake plants as long as they look real. Red is the color of chi, and by placing these fire-colored plants next to the mouth of chi, you’re setting the stage for maximized harmony by inviting people to enter your home.

A Clean Yard

In your yard, Feng Shui guidelines say there is nothing you can do to over-improve the land. When it comes to your house, this translates to cleaning up all fallen, dead leaves and debris in your yard. Then, take the time and make the effort to plant new, colorful, blooming plants; spread new top soil and brighten up your grass with over-seeding or fertilizing. If you have artificial grass, make sure you rake or vacuum it off and hose it down so it is sparkling clean.

Even if you don’t believe in positive energy, these tactics will make your house visually more appealing.