Feng Shui tips for buying a house
Property investors and home buyers often ask for Feng Shui advice when they are choosing a new home, to make sure that the energy supports good health, relationships and finances. Buying a new home is such an important decision, and one that you want to get right!
Here are some Feng Shui guidelines and tips that I share with clients looking to purchase a new house.
The front of the home should have potential to be appealing and easily noticeable, to attract favourable attention from passers-by.
The rear boundary of the home should be supported with trees, other buildings or upwards-sloping land. Having protective structures behind a property will provide support and security to the occupants, which is why a home located on the higher side of the street is favourable.
Homes that are located at the end of a T junction are generally not favourable from a Feng Shui perspective. This is because an intense flow of energy is directed towards the home, which can be unfavourable to the occupants. However there can be exceptions to this rule, especially for commercial buildings.
In general, choose homes on quieter roads with slower moving traffic. The objective in Feng Shui is to capture Chi or energy, and this is difficult if the energy is moving too quickly past your home.
Find out the history of the land and former occupants before choosing your home. Land and buildings absorb energy which can impact subsequent residents. It's best to avoid living in homes where serious crimes and tragedies have occurred. If the house has a history of divorce, exercise caution and seek Feng Shui advice prior to purchase.
Observe what is located in the surrounding area - for example it's best to avoid living next to a cemetary, rubbish dumps and high voltage power lines. In general, houses surrounding lovely parks and water (clean, not stagnant) are often well kept and highly sought after.
Rooms containing pointy angles, low sloped ceilings, low ceilings with exposed beams and rooms with irregular shapes may feel uncomfortable. Long narrow buildings or triangular shaped properties are generally not ideal as their shape doesn't support an even distribution of energy.
If you're considering buying property in a suburb where potential buyers are mostly Chinese, take care if the house number ends in four. Strictly speaking this is not really a Feng Shui concern and relates more to cultural superstition, as the number four sounds like the word for death in Cantonese. On the other hand, houses with the number eight in the address tend to be more appealing as 8 is considered to be a lucky number.
Feng Shui is about achieving harmony between yin and yang, so look for an ideal combination of light and shade, nature and buildings, and a balance of openness and enclosure.
The right amount of sunlight in a home provides healing life force energy. Other things being equal, a home with North facing living spaces (in Australia) provides real benefits from a Feng Shui view.
Achieving perfect Feng Shui is almost impossible, so if you find a home with unfavourable aspects, these may be reduced with Feng Shui remedies or offset by favourable elements that can be identified in a Traditional Feng Shui consultation.