Feng Shui

6 Things To Avoid When Buying A House

Graduating. Obtaining your desired job. Getting married. These are some of the most significant milestones that you’ll probably experience as you step into the world of adulthood. Yet there’s one milestone that’s seen as the pinnacle of living the adult life – buying a house (bye-bye rent!).

It’s what most of us dream about and strive for as it’s one of the few things that can truly cement our status as a mature, responsible person ready to take life to the next level (whether it’s pertaining to starting a family of your own or feeling independent about having your own living space). Therefore, the process of buying your “dream home” should not be taken lightly. So, while you’re touring house after house with your property agent, remember these 6 things that Feng Shui says you should avoid in order to make your house purchase something you won’t regret.

Why Use Feng Shui Knowledge When Buying A House?

To put it simply, Feng Shui is a traditional Chinese philosophy that basically helps people to harmonize with their environment. This can be done by harnessing the Qi (a universal life energy) from your surrounding environment to support you in your activities.

Whether the Qi skews positively (Sheng Qi) or negatively (Sha Qi) depends on the orientation of a certain structure’s interaction with the surrounding environment (e.g. climate, landform and vegetation). Properties containing positive Qi will usher in healthier and more fortunate prospects to its occupants while negative Qi could unfavourably affect occupants in their career, health and relationships. Thus, it’s imperative that you should look out for certain Forms or structures that could negatively impact you and other occupants in the house you’re planning to purchase. With that said, let’s take a look at the things that are best avoided when seeking a new home.

1. Avoid... A Lamp Post Facing Your Main Door

A lamp post just might do more harm than good if it’s facing the Main Door (usually the front entrance) of a house.

It’s useful when it lights up your street at night alright – but a lamp post just might do more harm than good if it’s facing the Main Door (usually the front entrance) of a house as you might have a possible case of ‘Piercing Heart Sha’. ‘Piercing Heart Sha’ should be strongly avoided since it does not only affect the health of the occupants in the house, but it also invites career obstacles into your life. Here’s a simple trick you can try in order to verify a ‘Piercing Heart Sha’ the next time you’re looking for a new house: extend an imaginary line from the two ends of the Main Door out towards the negative feature. If the negative feature is in between the imaginary lines, then there’s a ‘Piercing Heart Sha’. If the feature is outside the imaginary lines, then there’s no ‘Piercing Heart Sha’.

2. Avoid... A Drain Running Parallel To Your Main Door

You should be wary if you spot a drain (maybe one that resembles the image above) that runs parallel to the Main Door of the house you’re planning to buy.

As this title suggests, if you spot a drain that runs parallel to the Main Door of the house you’re planning to buy, it’s best you just skip this property altogether. This is because you might encounter a big problem known as ‘Cutting Feet Water’ – a feature where the Water element actually prevents the Qi from entering the property while also cutting into the vitality of the Qi in the house. You’re probably asking yourself at this point, “A drain flowing in front of a house is the norm everywhere, right?” One key thing to keep in mind is that you’ll only experience a ‘Cutting Feet Water’ issue if the drain’s visible from the Main Door of the house. You’ll not have ‘Cutting Feet Water’ if the drain isn’t visible from the Main Door.

3. Avoid... The Stove On The Kitchen’s Island

A stove placed on a kitchen's island isn’t favourable in Feng Shui as it is exposed to Qi from every angle.

From the Main Door, let us now enter the house and step into the kitchen. If you’re looking for a high-end, Western-inspired home, chances are you’ll stumble upon a kitchen having an island in the middle of it. It’s a popular and pleasant design, but do take note of whether the stove is placed on the island or not. A stove placed here isn’t favourable in Feng Shui as it is exposed to Qi from every angle. This in turn could affect the food you cook there which might result in health issues down the line. A favourable location for the stove to be placed in a house would be against the wall (where it has stability), so search instead for a home that contains this feature. Looks like where you cook is just as important as what you cook!

4. Avoid... A Kitchen Sink Directly Opposite The Stove

If the kitchen sink is located directly opposite the stove, then there might be a reason to be concerned.

Now that the stove’s location is sorted out, time to take closer look at the kitchen sink instead. So as you enter the kitchen of your prospective home, scour the space and pinpoint where the kitchen sink is located: if it’s directly across the stove, then you should be concerned. A setup like this depicts a clear case of Fire (stove) and Water (sink) elements clashing – with the health of the house occupants being the unfortunate victim here. One solution to this structural dilemma is to place a console or an island in between the sink and stove to avert this clash of elements. However, if the gap between the sink and stove is too narrow to place anything in between without blocking your own path, you just might want to move on to the next property.

5. Avoid... Pillars In The Bedroom

Getting some good sleep is crucial to your health, which is why the type of Qi that affects your bedroom is vital.

Let’s exit the kitchen and check out the bedroom now. It’s probably the most important room in the entire house since you basically spend a third of your life in here doing many activities like sleeping, working and exercising. Getting some good sleep is especially important to your health, which is why the type of Qi that affects your bedroom is vital. A pillar right in the middle of the bedroom doesn’t aid your sleeping endeavours, however, as it’s looked at as an unfavourable formation known as a ‘Pole in the Heart Formation’. This formation significantly affects Qi circulation in the room, which might disrupt that good night’s sleep you’d like to get from the comfort of your new home.

6. Avoid... Beams Across The Bed

Beams create suppressive Qi – meaning that the beam actually forces the Qi that’s entering the room downwards to the bed.

Usually, houses with a classic design style or bungalows might have beams spanning across the bedrooms in order to exude a traditional Western flair. In Feng Shui, however, beams create suppressive Qi – meaning that the beam actually forces the Qi that’s entering the room downwards to the bed. This could subsequently result in several health and work-related problems to occur such as sleep disruption and poor job performance. You most likely wouldn’t want so much trouble like this piling up on your plate, so as much as you’d like to feel as though you’re living in a country-style house, it’s best you ask your property agent for other house choices that you can visit.
Buying a house is truly exciting, yet it does come with a baggage of complications for you to consider before you can even make the purchase. Hopefully, this article can help you avoid some of those complications, at least on the Feng Shui side of things anyway. Happy house-hunting!

Feng Shui & Chinese Metaphysics terminologies used in this article are Dato’ Joey Yap’s original literary expression and they’re copy protected by Joey Yap Research International Sdn Bhd.

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