Feng Shui checklist when buying a house


Buying a house can be a life changing experience because of the amount of money, time and energy involved in choosing a perfect one.

If you’re into Feng Shui, here are some tips to ensure that you choose the house that is best positioned to bring your family health, wealth and everything good in between.

A home purchase is a long term investment decision. It is imperative to find the right house with good Feng Shui so that you and your loved ones can enjoy peace of mind.

This is to make sure that all the boxes are ticked in the sense that the aspects of health, career and wealth are taken care of.

You should always avoid buying house that has the potential to cause financial devastation, divorces, or sickness. This can be done easily by following a few principles related to Feng Shui.

You definitely do not want to put down a substantial amount of your net work only to regret the decision later.

Floor level – higher the better

Higher is always better when it comes to good Feng Shui. The higher you go, the less people and goods there is above you, meaning there is lighter energy flowing into your condo.

In addition, when there is unblocked natural light, it will facilitate the flow of Chi and energy into your unit.

Avoid units facing the elevator

This is because there is a lot of busy energy coming from the elevator, with the number of people, goods, pets and animals that enter the lift throughout the life of the condominium or apartment.

Some say that the opening of the lift door is comparable to a fierce animal such as a lion or tiger opening its mouth for the next meal. This angry and busy energy emanating from the source is highly likely to cause accidents, pain and suffering in your family.

To prevent bad luck from coming in via such a channel, one suggestion is to place five emperor coins on the ground near the main door. A ‘Guan Gong’ figurine placed inside the house and facing the your door directly can help to ward off evil spirits and energy.

Regular shaped units are better

In your house pursuit, always select one that has a square or rectangular floor plan. Avoid irregular shaped floor plans and make sure there are no missing sectors because there will be serious energy problems.

The principle is that you should feel complete, instead of being “cut off”.

These days, developers are building units that look negatively odd shaped as a way to emphasize aesthetics and building architecture and compromising on feng shui values.

Regardless of how beautiful a condo is or the number of accolads and awards given to it because of its aesthetically pleasing design and architecture, a square or rectangular unit is always preferred because there will be no under-sizing or missing sectors.

Any missing sector would represent a member or our family members, or a certain element or part of our body.

Divide your home into 9 sectors

When buying a home and looking at the floor plan, always first divide your home into 9 sectors.

This is the primary step.

Each of the 9 sectors should have its corresponding orientation. After division, the Sitting and Facing direction of the house should be determined to know which sector corresponds to which orientation.

Each sector is represented by one of the trigrams in the ba gua, and each trigram has a corresponding element – Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth. These sectors and the elements will be used to determine the feng shui structure of the house and whether the rooms are harmonised.

The orientation of the house needs to be measured very accurately. In every case possible, it must be to the nearest degree because any single degree that is off will result in an erroneous structure of the house and poor implementation of future technique.

Identify which sector your main door is in

Once the 9 sectors have been identified, turn your attention to the main door. Identifying the sector that your main door is in is important because it determines the Sitting and Facing direction of the house is most cases.

The main door is also the path by which you enter the home, your personal space. This personal space gives you a safe space to rest, recharge, kick back and relax.

Some people view the main door as the gateway by which ‘qi’ (energy) flows into the house, so getting the direction and sector of it right is important.

Roads in front of the house

Take note of the roads in front of the – are they straight, is there a T or Y junction where your house is situated?

The following shows some house locales that should be avoided.

Avoid the direct poison arrow

Feng Shui at T junction

An indirect poison arrow will hit 4, 5, 6 and 7 because of the bend at that area.Feng Shui at T junction

The bend and poison arrow hits 2 and 3.Feng Shui at T junction Feng Shui at T junction

Generally, find houses that are located away from the junctions. You will be able to avoid bad energy this way.Feng Shui at T junction

In general, look at the pictures below that spell out the principle that should be followed with house locations.

Avoid being at the area where the poison arrow hits. Traffic should not be heading to your location and then turning away.

Avoid buying landed houses in a cul de sac.

This is similar to getting houses in a dead end. In particular, avoid the house at the end of the road. There will be multiple negative energies due to the poison arrows and being in a cul de sac.

Avoid sharp objects facing your main door

Some examples of sharp objects include a neighbour’s triangular roof line, garbage across the road, lamp posts facing your door and street signs pointing towards your home.

In general, anything facing your main door can harm you. Anything not facing your main door will be unable to cause disarray to the chi and energy going to your home and case unpleasant experiences.

Environment of the general area

Ensure the environment of general area you are staying in will be supportive to you and your goals. If you are a young parent and want to ensure the best for your children, make sure the location has other young families. Avoid places with aged care facilities or near prisons.

If being a creative is in accordance with your line of work, find an area that supports such activities with regular activities supportive of your pursuits.

Previous owners’ well being

This may not be the easiest to find, but ensure there has been no ill-happenings in the house in the past. Situations and events such as bankruptcies, divorces, ill health and death unlikely to be favourable to your present situation if you become the new owners of the house.


Stairs should not lead straight to the front door because these cut through the centre of a building and disrupt the flow of energy, making them less desirable in terms of Feng Shui.

Electronic waste and toxins

In today’s day and age, electrical waste and toxins are increasingly important to the Feng Shui of a house.

Take the time to locate any high voltage electrical power lines, transformers, electrical substations, electric railway lines and microwave transmitters. Opinions vary on what a safe distance is. I would suggest a home should be at least 500 metres away from any significant electrical radiation.

Homes near public gardens, forests, nature and flowing water where vegetation appears healthy is generally a good sign for a healthy home.

Kitchen position

The ideal position for a kitchen is to the east or south-east from the centre of a building.

Bathroom and toilet position

North, north-west, east or south-east are directions that are more harmonious with water than north-east, south-west, west or south. Bathrooms and toilets that have their own windows are desirable.


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