Feng Shui an important consideration for home buyers
Since a house is probably most homeowners' single largest asset, consumers buying a
new property have to evaluate many important criteria to ensure that they make the
right decision in their investment. The obvious factors for most purchasers are the
tangible details - price, location, residence type, home size, design etc. However, for
certain investors, there are also other intangible aspects in the home that matter just as
much. One such aspect that is often considered in the Malaysian context is the Feng
Shui of the home.
Buyers who are sensitive to the Feng Shui of the home often go that extra mile to ensure
that their home is an auspicious investment; even to the extent of consulting with Feng
Shui masters on their property.
However, an investment dilemma can occur when the house of our dreams meets all
our conventional expectations, but is determined as inauspicious by the Feng Shui
experts. Should home buyers disregard their evaluation of the property and heed the
advice of their Feng Shui advisor? In this modern age, is 5000 years of ancient wisdom
more important than tried and tested evaluation criteria like location or price of new
The fact is, that in Feng Shui studies, no house should be considered a bad house. At its
very core, Feng Shui is an art of prevention. Whilst certain aspects of the house may be
considered to be inauspicious, there are always options open to homeowners to nullify
these negative elements.
The sum of the whole
Consider a fairly commonplace home-related scenario as an example. According to
commonly accepted Feng Shui wisdom, houses that face T-junctions are not situated in
the most auspicious of location. Does that mean that purchasers of such homes are
making a bad investment decision? Will the residents of such homes be destined to
suffer in their personal and professional lives?
Not necessarily. The important factor to remember for home buyers is the fact that
considerations such as location, orientation and other such external criteria are not the
only aspect of a home which can have a strong influence on its Feng Shui. Statistically,
residents of home facing T-junctions are likely to be n poorer or unluckier than their
neighbors further along the road. In fact, occupants of these particular homes may
have better luck in personal matters.
All other factors remaining constant, the difference is that for these particular individuals
there is an astrological match between their date of birth and the home itself. This
match could have been augmented by the residents of the home making many small
but vital changes in the interior configuration of their home. The key point to note is that the overall Feng Shui condition is not just based on the house and external environment
alone but the combination of both the occupants and the house.
Feng Shui condition of typical homes
From past research into the Feng Shui of modern homes, most dwellings have been
found to possess an average Feng Shui condition. Approximately 90% of homes will
have a neutral influence on their occupants; meaning that the residence will neither
hinder nor assist the individual in his everyday life. Buyers who are extremely fortunate
might end up purchasing one of the 5% of homes that are considered very auspicious
residential property. As a result, there is a good chance that the occupants will prosper
and experience drastic increases in wealth, happiness and health in their lives because
the home is directly assisting them. On the other hand, unfortunate buyers of the homes
at the other 5% of the spectrum will end up residing in homes with poor Chi or airflow
condition. Residents moving into such homes may inexplicably find life to become
unusually miserable, when shortly before that it had been going very well for them.
Cases of people running amok in their home or businessmen going bankrupt after
moving into a new home highlight the myriad ways in which negative Feng Shui can
Counteraction negative Feng Shui
In order to produce a positive Feng Shui condition, a prospective home owner would
have to carefully select a piece of land and build a custom-designed home according
to a Feng Shui master's recommendations as to what would ideally match his
astrological requirements. The fact is that most home buyers are in no financial position
to place Feng Shui as a top priority when deciding on their ideal home. Investors have
to choose from what is available on the resale or new home market.
Investors who ultimately purchase and reside in one of the Feng Shui neutral or
negative homes in the residential market - the majority of people - should bear in mind
that there are always options open to them to counteract this poor Chi. Changes to the
homes can be made progressively, and do not necessarily have to take the form of
drastic structural renovations. More affordable modifications to the home interior should
be considered as a first option.
Due to the fact that most people are not willing or able to renovate their home in order
to produce an optimal Feng Shui condition with regards to the external environment,
the most reasonable option is to then consider affordable interior changes that they
could make. A Feng Shui consultant can advise homeowners on various measures that
they should take to minimize the negative Chi in the home. Although making changes
in this manner will not guarantee that all negative Chi in the residence is suppressed, it
is definitely better than choosing to neglect the situation altogether. Progressive
changes to the interior that match the homeowner's astrological requirements will have
a beneficial effect for residents.
The internal environment of the house accounts for approximately 70% of the overall Feng Shui effect that the property can have on residents. The internal environment
encompasses factors such as interior layout, internal structure, room orientation and physical placement of objects within the home and room colors. The external
environment considers the direction in which the house faces, structures obstructing the
home and geological entities such as mountains and water to be a paramount
importance. It accounts for the remaining 30% of overall Feng Shui influence exerted
Since the home interior is vitally important to the Feng Shui condition of the house and
effectively determines the life success of its occupants, a reasonable compromise can
be made by engaging specialist consultants to advise individual households on all the
ways in which they can positively alter the internal environment to nullify the negative
Chi. The overall Feng Shui condition can be affected by simple modifications which
may not be immediately apparent to the homeowner. These can range from very
straightforward changes like moving the furniture through to changing the types of
fabric used on the furniture to uniquely customize for each household according to
their astrological needs. Such changes would be very difficult for a layperson to divine
by reading self help Feng Shui books. Nonetheless, most house owners would be able
to create a harmonious Feng Shui environment without necessary having to resort to
expensive renovations or structural modifications; simply by careful selection and
orientation of physical colors and objects in the household.