Here are some preliminary feng shui tips if you have set your eyes on a new house, and are just a step away from making it your dream home. The price is right, the sellers seem nice enough, and your agent swears there are others waiting in line for this piece of prized property.
Do this as you drive toward the house. Observe the roads around the house.
- There should be no roads pointing directly into the house.
- The house should be at the concave bend of the road; i. e. the road should bend around the house rather than away from the house.
- The house should not be at the dead end point of the road.
- Roads that completely encircle the house, is inauspicious.
- The house should not have roads on more than 2 sides.
- Roads may not be found at both front and back of the house.
- Houses near fast roads, like highways, train tracks, airport runways are very inauspicious.
- Avoid houses near steep, heavy-traffic roads.
- Avoid houses under or near flyover bridges.
Best are houses near quiet roads, streams or flowing ponds. Houses around a large cul de sac are good, provided the road entering it is not pointing towards the house.
Buildings, along with natural land forms like hills and mountains affect the feng shui of a house. A good way to observe this is to stand outside the house and look around. In apartments, it is also good to take a look outside every window and check the view.
- Avoid houses that are dwarfed by other buildings. The same concept for houses facing cliffs and large rocks.
- Look out for sharp edged structures like corners of buildings, pointed roofs, jagged mountain rocks, or huge sharp edged sculpture pointing toward the house. These bring inauspicious energy to the house.
- Power stations near the house, and power lines running over the house brings inauspicious energy too.
- Buildings, places that represent sickness and death, in the vicinity affects the house with oppressive energy. Avoid houses near hospitals, grave yards, hospices, slaughter houses.
No man is an island. No matter how nice a house is, its Qi is ultimately affected by the surrounding neighborhood.
- Be wary of unusually “quiet" neighborhoods. Stay away from neighborhoods that have too many vacant houses, no sign of children, pets, or other fun human activity like gardening. These places have dead qi.
- Too many unfinished, run-down houses indicate overall bad feng shui.
Activity from children, animals and people doing things like sports is a sign of a healthy neighborhood.
How do you feel as you approach the entrance of the house? Use your gut feeling. It is necessary to be aware of the need for intuition of this sort before viewing the house.
- Avoid houses if the main door gives you the feeling of being threatening. Some times you may not understand why it makes you feel uneasy, but it is wise to take it as a sign that is is bad feng shui.
- Avoid houses where you cannot find the main entrance door. These kinds of houses do exist, maybe because of strange structure, overgrown garden, or irregular shaped plot of land. It you cannot find the entrance easily, good luck will find difficulty entering the home too!
- Entrances that look like they are being capped by an out-of-shaped awning, strange over-sized roofs should be avoided too.
The entrance of the house should be inviting to you, the prospective buyer of the house. If you feel threatened as you reach the main door, chances are, this is not the right house for you.
Interior and Structure
Needless to say the structure of the house is everything in Feng Shui. Enter a prospective house with a conscious effort to feel it's ambiance. Use you five senses to intuitively audit the house.
- Avoid irregularly shaped buildings, buildings with protrusions, triangular shape, spear shaped buildings are notorious for bringing down relationships in the family. This is because the more irregular shape will mean more sharp wall corners in the house. Rectangular shaped buildings are the best bet.
- Roof should be the right size. If a roof dominates the house structure, occupants in it will probably feel dominated too.
- Windows bring in light and qi. Houses with windows too small or too few windows trap stagnant qi.
- Long corridors are common in many houses. This a poor feng shui feature, because it allows little movement and “sha qi" brought about by a bottle neck effect.
- Sniff out humidity and dampness. This is common in cellars and attic. Avoid homes that have signs of dampness and humidity because it is a precursor for bigger problems later on. You can smell dampness in enclosed rooms. Other signs are water stains on walls and fungus.
The home is a big investment for most of us. In terms of Feng Shui, this investment is not only money, but also an investment in the wealth and health of your family and relationships. It is a worthwhile effort to check the feng shui of a house before deciding to buy it, because feng shui cures can be expensive and sometimes impossible to do.
Once you have checked the house based on the preliminary observations above, and most of the criteria is met, do a more thorough feng shui of the house using the feng shui calculator and the detailed instructions in http://tao-astrology.com
Hope you benefited from these Feng shui tips, and happy house hunting.
Nik Helbig is a Feng Shui and I Ching Practitioner. Her father and grandfather were established practitioners from whom she studied and gained valuable experience. More writings and free I Ching, Chinese Astrology, and Feng Shui resources at http://tao-astrology.com