It’s that time of year again. Spring always marks the height of the real estate season. And whether you are buying or renting, here are some feng shui tips to be aware of before you sign on the dotted line.
1. Location. Location. Location. This is something that feng shui consultants and realtors can agree on. Location should be your first priority. While realtors may consider location in terms of resell and school zones, feng shui consultants look at location in terms of energy. Avoid neighborhoods with negative or stagnant energy. Examples of negative energy include anything that is undesirable to your eye. Your subconscious mind sees these energy drainers every time leaving and coming home. Even if it seems like a good deal, over time, these negative energies wear on your physically, mentally, and emotionally.
2. Welcoming Entrance. Look for a home with a welcoming front door entry. Avoid homes where the front door is hidden or not obvious. This detracts from adequate chi flow entering the home and prevents opportunities from knocking at your door.
3. Square or Rectangular Floor Plan. Notice what the footprint of the home is. Avoid homes with an “L” shape or other shape other than square or rectangle. An irregular shaped floor plan oftentimes results from add-ons and renovations. This can disrupt the energy and you may end up missing your Wealth Corner, Love Corner, or some other aspect of your life.
4. First Impression. They say it takes us about 5 seconds to intuitively know if we like someone the first time we meet them. This too is the case with homes. Notice what your first impression is. Do you want to stay in the home longer, or you can’t wait to leave? Also notice signs. Maybe you’re met with a dead bird in the yard or a rude neighbor. Or perhaps a rainbow appears overhead. Notice how your body feels. Trust your first impression and don’t try to rationalize your way in or out of it.
Tisha Morris is the best-selling author of Decorating With the Five Elements of Feng Shui (Llewellyn 2015), Mind Body Home: Transform Your Life One Room at a Time (Llewellyn 2012), and Feng Shui Your Life: The Quick Guide to Decluttering Your Home and Renewing Your Life (Turner Publishing 2010). For more information, visit www.earthhome.tv