As buyer agents we have all heard about Feng Shui from clients, our friends, families, colleagues, or acquaintances whether it be a passing topic for conversation or a deep-thought discussion amongst peers. However, what exactly is Feng Shui? Why do some home buyers or even homeowners exercise this practice when buying a house? Let’s go to the basic definition;

“Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese traditional practice which claims to use energy forces to harmonise individuals with their surrounding environment. Feng shui means “the way of wind and water.” Its roots started in early Taoism but are still popular today, having spread throughout China and even to Western cultures.”

In Layman’s terms, it’s incorporating good energy and harmony in your abode and the environment that surrounds it. To help you with this, here are some common red flags and green flags you might want to look into before buying or decorating your home:

1. Evaluate the House’s Street Appeal and the Neighbourhood
The visual charm of the house plays a crucial role in bringing good energy to your home. Did you have trouble locating the place? If so, so will any positive energy coming your way. If you see several ‘For Sale’ signs in the area, then negative energy may be flowing in the surroundings. Do you feel an inviting and relaxing pull when you look at the overall facade of the house? This indicates warmth and good energy coming from it. Don’t forget to examine the greenery, driveway, and the house’s overall condition, if it’s well-maintained and livable. When you see residents doing sports, exercising, walking their dogs, or children playing, it’s another absolute sign of vibrant energy and lively harmony in the place.

2. Don’t Buy a House at ‘T’ section or at a large Junction.
A ‘T’ intersection road is where two streets meet forming a T-shaped road. In Feng Shui, it’s unfavourable for your home to be situated at the T-junction area. When cars pass by, they bring high energy straight to your house which brings negative energy called ‘Sha Qi or Attacking Energy”.

3. The Block Shape
In Feng Shui, the ideal lot shapes are square and rectangle since it permits positive energy to nestle in the area and promotes “qi” balance as well. Stay away from long and narrow lots as it might filter the life energy instead of capturing it.

4. Front Door Feng Shui
Also called ‘the mouth of qi’, the front door is where the energy life force enters. It is better to have your front door locatable and clutter-free. There should be no big trees or big bushes around it to prevent energy blockage. The clearer the view of your front door is, the higher chance of positive energy and opportunities entering your home.

5. The Commanding Position
The Command Position plays a crucial role in Feng Shui. It enables you to take control of your own life, feel secure in your own space while bringing positive qi into your home. How do you find the commanding position? All you have to remember is when setting up important furniture like your sofa or your bed or perhaps, your study table – place it in a spot where your doorway is visible without being in front of it directly. Placing important furniture in a diagonal position often does the trick.

6. Living Room Feng Shui
Your living room is where you and your family members typically gather and entertain guests. A well-lit and well-designed living room brings more balance and positive energy to the surroundings. Having windows allows sunlight and fresh air to enter and invigorates the atmosphere encouraging positive life energy to circulate the place. Incorporating some indoor plants attracts growth and wellness, too. Putting too much stuff stales the energy so avoid adding unnecessary furniture.

7. Kitchen Feng Shui
In Feng Shui, the kitchen represents wellness, health, and abundance. Your eating habits reflect who you are as a person and to the people around you. Your stove is a fire element as it creates energy so it is encouraged that you use it as often as possible. Keep your stove tidy and well-maintained. The ideal location for the kitchen is in the South or the East part to promote the fire element. Avoid placing your kitchen in the centre as it brings bad luck.

8. Bedroom Feng Shui
The bedroom is the place where we relax, rest, and sleep. To attract good energy, make your bedroom spacious and free of clutter for the qi to circulate smoothly. Avoid bright-coloured wall paint and opt for more neutral colours instead. Always keep in mind to place your bed in a commanding position.

As buyer agents, we recognise Feng Shui is not important to every buyer. However many of the above elements will assist in making your home more attractive to a wider audience. There are still numerous rules to follow but the ones mentioned are some of the important rules to exercise. Also, practising ancient Feng Shui is subjective and depends on the person’s prerogative. Still, no harm in trying it out.

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