Literally translated as “wind-water” in English, feng shui is the Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment.
The belief is that your surroundings can have a huge impact on your life–to the point of affecting your personal happiness, your prosperity, even the opportunities that come to you. This can make your choice of home a very important one, according to believers. Because most of the important moments in our lives occur in our houses, the house itself becomes more than just four walls where we eat and sleep. So careful consideration is required if you’re thinking about buying a home.
So what is the feng shui you should look for in a home? It boils down to two things: the tangible and the intangible. Tangible items include price, location, size, and condition–all things a knowledgeable real estate professional can help you with. The intangible includes considerations such as location on a street, how the home is situated on the lot, its relationship to other buildings or homes, how the home flows inside, and situations such as whether the former occupants were ill or in financial trouble.
Of course, those are not all the elements that assure a home has good feng shui. But here is a list of some of the important considerations. You could select an agent or specialist who is wise in the ways of feng shui, but this list can serve as a guide for helping you select a home that is right for you.
A new home doesn’t have a history, so it is considered the best choice for ideal feng shui. But if you’re considering an existing home, buy one from someone who is moving into a bigger house, got a huge promotion and is moving, or has won the lottery and is buying a penthouse in Paris. That means you are buying into good feng shui and positive energy.
Houses that are for sale from a divorce, a foreclosure, or where there is a serious illness or other affliction are not the best choice. Such a home is said to bring problems to the new owners as well. For example, a landscape or topographical element might be causing the difficulty. Adherents say it’s best to avoid homes with a troubled past.
Houses on the side of a hill or where the back slopes away from the house are “losing ground.” It’s also supposed to be better to buy a house where the lot is wider at the back than the front. Also, try to buy a regular-shaped lot. Square or rectangle lots are especially good.
It’s best for land to either be level or have a rise at the back of the house. Land that falls away at the back of the house creates loss and difficulties getting recognition and promotion. If the house has a building or a hill at its back, then it is supported.
Make sure bedrooms are not over a garage, kitchen, laundry room, or open space below. Be sure there are no bathrooms over a dining area or kitchen. This can allegedly cause illness in the house. Look at the arrangement of bedrooms to bathrooms so that beds won’t share a common wall with a toilet.
If the house faces open land or has a wide, open area in front of it, then it has the “bright hall effect.” This is extremely auspicious. Think of the White House in Washington with its large expanse of lawn in the front. It’s also important to make sure the house isn’t overwhelmed by landscaping.
If a tree is too close to the house, especially if it’s in line with the front door, this is said to be not good and will prevent opportunities for the homeowner. Consider removing the tree. Likewise, if plants and shrubs look like they’re taking over the house (either planted too closely or growing on the walls), consider removing these as well and replanting elsewhere.
What’s to the right and left of the house? Does another house or building seem to impose itself on the house? If the house or the land on your left is higher, this is good, as it is “tapping the dragon energy.” It is even more fortunate if the house to your left (as you look out from inside) is in the east. Is there a house with a pointed roof, a corner of the home pointed at your front door, etc., or aimed at the house?
Be sure to look at the approach to the house. Is it in a cul-de-sac? If the road ends at a straight line to the house, this is not favorable. Also, houses with a road behind and in front of it suffer, and corrections can’t be made for these. Long, straight driveways that end at the house, or roads that stop at the house, are also problems, but can be corrected with plants or mirrors.
The house should be situated on the lot correctly, which means it shouldn’t be set back behind the halfway line of the lot. It’s better to sit a little forward in the lot than too far back.
What is in the southwest and northwest? These are the two most important directions in a home. The northwest should never have an open flame, such as from a gas stove or fireplace. If there is one, move on to another house as this is feng shui taboo. Such a home is said to invite severe difficulties for the man of the house. The southwest is the position of the woman or mother of the house. If a storeroom or bathroom is located here, there could be marital difficulties and unhappiness. Consult with a feng shui practitioner about this if you just love the house, but it has trouble in the southwest corner.
How many of these feng shui characteristics can you check off in your home?
Consult with one of our agents if you’re ready to buy or sell, whether you practice feng shui or not.