Time to switch homes and youre combing the real estate apps and figuring out where the next dream spot will be? Feng Shui is there for you in a big way. Heres eleven essential Feng Shui home selection criteria to look for when you meet with the real estate agent or landlord.
Dont worry! I’ve made a handy checklist for you to bring with you when you are looking. These tips apply whether you are hunting for a house, condo, apartment or other living arrangement.
You probably will never find a home with all eleven features. I never have. When you find a place that really calls to you and there are a couple of items on this list that are flagged, we can make some Feng Shui adjustments to get the space into greater balance.
Where you will want to step back and reconsider is when several items on this checklist get flagged. Then it may be a challenge to acclimate to the new home successfully. Knowing these Feng Shui details ahead of time will give you an energetic platform on which to judge this most vital decision.
Feng Shui Tip #1 for Selecting a Home: An Ideal Location
The real estate brokers mantra for a desirable property is, Location, location, location.” Of course, we all want the right location for our needs, but Feng Shui has a slightly different twist on this most vital feature.
Pay close attention as you approach the property. Is it easy to find, in a safe and attractive neighborhood plus does it seem friendly and inviting to you? Make note of anything around the structure that feels out of proportion or imposing.
Next, assess whether the structure, be it a free standing home, apartment building or condo, is in the Seat of the Armchair. Simply put, when facing the front of the building, look for something taller behind, lower on both sides and the road on the side with the front door. Get a detailed description of this essential Feng Shui positioning in my post, The Ideal Feng Shui Location.
Feng Shui Tip #2 for Selecting a Home: Predecessor Energy
Have you ever heard the term Predecessor Energy? In Feng Shui, it describes the residual energy that any occupant leaves in the home they vacate. You leave it, I leave it, everybody leaves it. The key is to become as aware as you can of what this energy is telling you.
Ask why the residents are leaving, how they earned their livelihood, who was in their family and any other questions you can think of that will reveal how the existing Feng Shui influenced their lives while in that dwelling.
Make note when you get feedback that the property sale is part of a divorce settlement, they lost their jobs, went bankrupt or are selling because of a health issue. Then you can take a much deeper look at how the Feng Shui of the structure may have contributed to their situation.
Feng Shui can identify and adjust imbalances. The people in our last home went bankrupt, but I recognized many of the Feng Shui challenges and made adjustments and improvements galore when we moved in. Finances were not a problem for us during our twelve years living there.
Feng Shui Tip #3 for Selecting a Home: Wholesome Shape
When you visit the property, try to determine the overall shape of the interior floor plan. A complete circle (yurt?), square or rectangle is the most desirable.
If a floor plan is available, get a copy and place the Feng Shui Bagua. It will reveal a lot about the property and earmark certain Feng Shui challenges. The more parts of the Bagua Map that are Outside of Structure the more challenging those areas of your life might become.
There are Feng Shui practitioner stories by the hundreds of homes with Relationship areas Outside of Structure yielding divorces in owner after owner.
Feng Shui Tip #4 for Selecting a Home: Garage Placement
Garages are a big consideration in Feng Shui. A detached garage is excellent if it is shorter than the height of the home. If a garage is attached to the house, its space is included in the overall floor plan and, therefore, the Feng Shui energy pattern of the interior of the home.
The garage door has the potential to be an oversized energy drain. The consistent up and down of the door coupled with the vehicles constant coming and going drain Chi and potentially the occupants energy as well.
In the top photo at right, the garage protrudes forward, leaving the front door recessed and hidden far behind. The predominant energy that could overcome the occupants is a come and go, overly busy lifestyle.
The bottom photo shows a home where the front door is the focal point of the facade. The “side loading” garage door takes a back seat. It is much better Feng Shui.
Feng Shui Tip #5 for Selecting a Home: Prominent Front Door
The part of the home where energy enters is the front door, called the Mouth of Chi in Feng Shui. Ideally, the front door is on the front of the house or building and is easy to find. These may seem like simple criteria, but I have been to many, many homes where it has taken me quite a while to find my way to the front door bell!
Is the path leading to the front door wide, unobstructed and well lit? If visitors can navigate and enter the front door easily, so too can vital Chi energy.
Also notice if the front door is given proper respect for the important job it does. Many newer homes recess the front door dramatically, (as seen in #4), shoving it deep beneath a dark overhang begging to be noticed. The more quickly and easily you see and get to the front door the better.
Feng Shui Tip #6 for Selecting a Home: Smooth Chi Flow
Once were inside our homes what interacts and sustains us is vital Chi energy that enters through the front door. The path this Chi takes is critical to the homes occupants and whether they are energized and supported by its flow or possibly challenged or depleted.
Floor to ceiling windows, a stairway directly across from the front door and windows and doors lined up from front to back are a few features that drain vital Chi. Be mindful of bathrooms, laundry rooms and other places with sinks or drains all clustered into one section of the floor plan.
There are easy Feng Shui adjustments for many of these situations. Youll be a huge step ahead if youre aware of them ahead of time. Then you can place your furniture and other Feng Shui enhancements to modify these imbalances the day you move in.
Feng Shui Tip #7 for Selecting a Home: Bed & Desk Position
The Feng Shui Power Position is another Feng Shui term that is important to understand during your home search. Simply put, you are in the Feng Shui Power Position when you sit at your desk or lie in bed so that you can see someone entering through the door, but you are not physically in line with the door.
Make a mental note when touring the bedrooms that all beds can easily be placed in the Power Position. This tip will go a long way to providing good conditions for maximizing relaxation and rest.
Try to also identify a space you might designate for an office so you can check whether your desk can be in the Power Position. This includes the additional consideration of having a solid wall to your back when seated at the desk. Dont think youll need an office? At least define where youll sit with your laptop most often and be sure that location is in the Power Position.
Feng Shui Tip #8 for Selecting a Home: Stove Location
The definition of the Power Position is the same for the stove. In Feng Shui, the stove represents wealth and the overall success and sustenance of all the home’s occupants. However, most stoves are up against a wall so the cooks back is to the activity in the room which is a highly undesirable situation. This can be addressed with the Feng Shui adjustment of a mirror on the wall over the stove.
Galley kitchens that are lined up with a door at either end have the potential for too much traffic and disruption and can be quite problematic in Feng Shui. Keep an eye out for them and give them a thorough evaluation.
Feng Shui Tip #9 for Selecting a Home: General Maintenance
This is a common item to consider whether youre using a Feng Shui checklist or not. Of course, most folks want their new place to be clean, updated and in good repair. However, the question about a shabby condition is whether a Feng Shui concern may be influencing the owners ability to perform regular upkeep. Poor health, stressed finances or even a slow leak in a water heater may be contributing to the situation.
Keep digging for the Predecessor Energy (#2 above) information to unearth possible reasons. If that doesnt seem to be part of the cause, consider a Feng Shui consultation to continue to unearth potential causes.
Feng Shui Tip #10 for Selecting a Home: Location of Power Sources
Part of modern life, the location and intensity of electrical and other wireless equipment are a big concern in Feng Shui. Living near large transmitting installations such as an electrical substation or electrical or cell towers would be a deal breaker for me.
Note where the electric meter is located and whether it is near a place where anyone would sleep. This goes for the cable or wireless entry and equipment as well. If you are looking at an apartment or condo, where is the main electrical service housed in relation to your unit? It is best to have any of these features as far away as possible from bedrooms or other rooms where people spend a consistently large number of hours per day.
A Feng Shui colleague, Peg Donahue, has additional training in this field and performed an Electromagnetic Frequency (EMF) Evaluation for us before we moved into our current home. She brought in meters and other equipment that assessed the EMFs in our home and offered guidance on how to modify their effects.
Feng Shui Tip #11 for Selecting a Home: Good Feeling
Having all of this new information to consider in your decision may seem like a lot but remember to also go with your gut. Anything that doesnt feel quite right probably isnt very good Feng Shui.
Just this week a friend had me look at a real estate listing for a home she was considering. Her concern was about the pool and lanai. Sure enough, the Chi flow was very constricted, and she was feeling the imbalance.
Pay attention when you have a good feeling about something. It’s your Inner Feng Shui steering you toward a more suitable path.
Considering these eleven criteria will give you a positive jump start to living a long, happy, prosperous and joy-filled life in your new home. You can use the abbreviated checklist below when youre onsite to give you a quick review of the tips. Please let me know how it works for you so I can continue to improve it for the next home hunter.
In Feng Shui we believe that the home represents the person. No house is perfect, yet no human is perfect either. All you can do is find the home that is best matched to how you are today. You will evolve with the home, making modifications to reflect you and your familys growth and progress as you go.
I have done a lot of house hunting and designing for myself, family members, many friends and Clients. Contact me for a Feng Shui Real Estate Purchase Consultation. It covers all of the factors mentioned above in addition to many more such as the surrounding landscape, possible additional major energy drains, fixes for potential imbalances and others. Working with me can help you make a final decision as well as prepare you with a priority list of Feng Shui enhancements to include while setting up your new space.
Contact me to set up your appointment today and happy home hunting!