I’ve had several clients in the past that caused me to think more seriously about feng shui and pushed me to get a bit more educated on the topic. This was especially the case when we would find, what I thought was the perfect home, yet the responses were, “Yeah, but it’s located on a ‘T’,” or “I really wish you could see the fireplace when you walk in,” or simply, “There’s not enough natural light.” I understood people like natural like, but some of the other comments left me scratching my head. I began to ask more questions and do some simple research. Each one of these items and more stop the flow of the home for me have gotten in the way of a home sale. Some things can be corrected with simply measures, while other items are almost impossible to over-come. Here are some basic examples I’ve come across and a few links at the bottom of the page to guide you deeper.
The term feng shui literally translates as “wind-water” in English. While a fad to some or superstition to others, feng shui has been popularized among people with money and hipsters alike, others take it more seriously, as a deeply rooted practice and way of being.
Colors are important, which can also be easily changed. The placement of color in specific areas of your home can enhance your mood and demeanor. Others would say that colors attract or magnify the energies of your life. For example, certain colors in the bedroom can spice up one’s love life (or maybe just picking up dirty clothes would help! My wife gets turned on when I clean the bathroom – ha ha). Green is known to be the color of health and family – it makes sense to add plants to the living/family room of your home.
Flow and Organization – If a home is built a certain way not conducive to good flow, this may be hard to overcome, while arranging one’s furniture in a congruent, life-given way can be an easy enhancement. The same goes for getting rid of clutter and cleaning – this a personal decision that takes just a little effort. Entries and exits are important in feng shui. Attracting good energies and blocking negative forces is key. Open up the entryway for the good to flow in. Some guru’s attest that a toilet lid must be kept down! This “waterway” can suck positivity out of a home. Fireplaces that can be seen from the entry encourage prosperity to leave one’s home, or be sucked out of one’s life (so I’m told).
The direction the house faces or is oriented is key … I’ve heard East is good. But another friend said that the entrance to the North is better, due the sun exposure.
Numbers seem to be important. Eights are good. I know some agents price their listings with $_____, 888 at the end. I’ve had buyers tell me to write the offer with 8’s (for good luck). Someone told me that if the last two digits of the address adds up to eight, that’s good too.
Corners – I’ve heard that sharp corners are not good, say when it comes to small eating tables. Some don’t like corner houses. Homes located on a “T” are definitely bad feng shui. Practically speaking, cars can run into a home easier in this case (nothing that some scrubs/trees or a few blockades won’t fix). We had a neighbor whose parents warned them about bad spirits entering into their home since they lived on a “T.” The fix was simply to hang a small crystal (like you’d see on an old chandelier) from a string at the entrance, as well as a small mirror and this did the trick. When I asked why these objects, they said that this confused and repelled the bad spirits.
Death – Dead plants, trash around the house, a cluttered table, and dead people… many buyer’s have a hard time seeing through a mess, and many more clients buying a home want nothing to do with a property where a death has taken place – Some just want to know that it was peaceful, or not violent. Whereas, I had an investor client who was not happy (or just not alarmed) to find out that a gang shooting had taken place at the house they were purchasing! Really? This became a negotiating tool for a deep discount. A friend of mine had a dying tree in front of this home. His father sternly told him, “Get rid of it… it’s blocking your wealth!” He swears that they very next day his stock portfolio began to soar!
Whether your desire is to gain deeper soul-strength or just have a better flow in your home, I hope you found some inspiration, creativity and practical help in this post. I’d love to hear some of your stories on how feng shui has affected your life.
Here’s some links to explore future.
Keith Klassen, Broker
Klassen & Associates