FENG SHUI TIPS FOR HARMONY BALANCE
These tips will certainly help to entice prospective buyers for your property but why not enjoy their uplifting effects every day?
Clean up inside and out. Fix broken or neglected items. You'll benefit from the energy boost.
Bring the outside in. Sunshine and fresh air do wonders for you, and your house. A vase of fresh flowers connects you with nature.
Welcome the world! Make sure the entrance to your house is clear, strong and inviting.
Keep it simple. Have a garage sale, and reduce that clutter. You'll think and feel clearer if you simplify your surroundings.
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Spirit in the Home:
Feng Shui Property
An interview with Kerry Press, principal, Spirit of Design.
Do property buyers and vendors use Feng Shui?
Increasingly, yes, people are seeking Feng Shui advice and guidance for buying a property that suits their particular dynamics and that will bring them success and good fortune.
Others use Feng Shui advice to enhance not only the chances of a sale but also to assist with selling quickly, smoothly and for a good price.
Do you give advice to vendors to make the property more attractive to buyers?
Yes. I work with vendors to enhance the presentation, ambience and vitality of a property. We focus on strengths and address aspects of imbalance and disharmony.
Some of these are obvious and easy to address. For example, we can significantly improve for prospective buyers the feel and first impressions of a property by rigorously cleaning up inside and out and fixing things that are broken or neglected.
Pay attention to flimsy fence palings, leaf litter on the porch, cobwebs, cracked window panes, stiff gates and door locks and scratched paintwork. All these features convey a certain lack of care which can be a disincentive to buyers.
It's a good idea to invigorate the inside with daily sunshine and fresh air. Musty carpets, mouldy bathrooms and stagnant bedrooms can be quite off-putting. We all know that colourful flowers (growing in the garden and arranged in a vase) and brewed coffee make a place feel lived in and enjoyed.
Do you advise against buying certain properties because of negative Feng Shui?
Sometimes, yes. Some properties can be just plain difficult and should be avoided. Others can work well after making a few changes. Of course weighing up the cost and extent of these changes will ultimately determine whether it is a worthwhile purchase.
But the truth of it is that good buildings that support a healthy, peaceful and harmonious lifestyle can be hard to find.
An important part of my appraisal process is to first understand the client, their lifestyle preferences and their personal and family or business requirements for space. A building that has good Feng Shui for one family may be quite inappropriate for another. Feng Shui is quite specific to the person, place and time period.
Certain characteristics of a property can provide useful clues. For example, it's a good idea to learn about the previous history of the property. A house that has had happy long-term occupants generally indicates a balanced stable property. A property close to transmission power lines, a sub-station, railway lines or tramlines suggest high electro-magnetic radiation and this should definitely be checked out and measured for possible health hazards. Mobile phone towers can also be hazardous to health.
A house on a site that slopes at the back, or has water or a freeway at its back is considered weak in Feng Shui terms.
Sharp corners, jutting features, angled blocks, odd-shaped buildings or sloping walls can feel precarious or disorientating, and give rise to conflict and discomfort.
A front door that is directly opposite the back door creates a cutting Qi effect through the house. This is a bit like having a freeway passing through your home which can be unsettling to the occupants, splits the house in two, and can be difficult for accumulating prosperity.
A house that has one or two of these problems is not necessarily a bad house. It's always important to look at the whole context. To give the client an accurate appraisal I examine a number of features and determine their collective impact. For instance, I like to take account of the building's siting and orientation, weather and light influences, neighbourhood features, building shape, form and structure, interior space relationships and design. I then assess the movement and quality of life force energy and how it may affect the experience of the occupants.
What effects can a house with poor Feng Shui have on the occupants?
Feng Shui recognises that the state or quality of our living environments is a reflection of our inner state of mind and our quality of life. It follows that by choosing an environment that is balanced, aesthetic, healthy and strong we can in turn experience these qualities within ourselves.
A cluttered home that has many different and conflicting styles of dcor can cause the occupants to feel overwhelmed, distracted and confused.
For some people, a house that is small, dark and enclosed (like many Victorian homes) can leave them feeling blocked, frustrated and cut off from life force, isolated from the world and opportunities.
For others, a house that is too big, open and rambling can be physically exhausting and unsettling to live in, draining money and resources, and scattering focus.
More and more people are choosing homes that are simple in design, with clean lines, lots of light and minimal furnishings. Clutter and complexity are definitely out. Increasingly people are saying to me that they want peace, balance, comfort and beauty in their homes. A home that offers a retreat from the noise and chaos of life helps to counter the fullness and busy-ness of people's work in the world, where so many things compete for our attention.
Do pre-purchase surveys form an major/minor part of your practice?
Assessments of properties for people before they decide to purchase are a regular and important part. An appraisal could be thought of as a building inspection of a different kind. It can reveal a number of valuable characteristics about a house that cannot be detected in a normal inspection procedure. Among other things, an appraisal can determine the degree to which a home can facilitate health and prosperity for its occupants and over what time period. Often when looking for a property to purchase a buyer may be wooed by first impressions such as clever colour schemes or an extra ensuite, and may miss more subtle features that can ultimately determine whether the house will be successful for them once they've moved in. In an inspection I can detect qualities about the house that a prospective buyer may not notice, such as how rooms relate to each other, how furniture may be placed in a room and how a room might be used. I also assess how the underlying energy of a space may influence how it feels to live there. An appraisal is personal in that it examines a property in direct relation to the needs of the people who hope to live there.
Is it a good idea to have Feng Shui advice before building a house?
Having Feng Shui advice prior to and during the entire design and construction process is extremely useful. I regularly assist with all aspects of a building's siting and design. This is the most potent way to utilise principles of Feng Shui and holistic design as it ensures that the building is uniquely designed to suit the client's particular personalities and horoscopes, lifestyles and priorities. The ground-up design process guides site selection, building orientation, architecture, interior design, materials, colours and dcor, placement and furnishings, landscaping, and auspicious timing.
What does the real estate profession think about Feng Shui?
The real estate and property development industries are increasingly taking notice of Feng Shui, partly because an increasing number of clients are requesting it, and also because the basic principles of Feng Shui make sense to many agents and developers who are seeking to successfully match people with properties.
Are mass-produced homes designed according to Feng Shui principles?
Increasingly, yes. Although there are some Feng Shui guidelines that usually apply in most situations, there are many others that should be tailored to the site, to weather influences, to the building structure and so on. It is becoming popular now to market properties claiming that they have been designed using Feng Shui. Don't accept that at face value. Check it out properly before you buy the house on that basis.
Can most Feng Shui problems be easily remedied?
Many can, some cannot. Sensitive landscaping can successfully address a number of site problems. New colours and harmonious furniture placement can bring balance to an interior. However, it is quite difficult and expensive to alter a building design or interior space that has been poorly designed from the start. Many home extensions are an attempt to fix up a fundamentally poor design, and this is often not successful.
Is there such a thing as a 'house of the devil'? What would it constitute?
Some places have a disturbing or negative energy that is difficult to address. Sometimes it is necessary to do some spiritual cleansing for a building when the occupants complain of ghosts or spirits. This tends to be more common with older houses that come with a history. A number of cultures recognise these spiritual influences and insist on a priest cleansing and blessing a home before they move in.
What basic Feng Shui principles should buyers and vendors adopt?
There are many, of course, but here are a few to begin with:
- Choose a site that is flat, or gently sloping to the front. It should be well drained, have lots of natural light and evidence of healthy life force in the surrounding gardens and streetscape.
- Avoid overhead transmission lines, mobile phone towers, tram or train lines in the near vicinity.
- Avoid houses or sites that are odd-shaped. A rectangular or square house or block is considered to be the most stable.
- A home should be strong yet welcoming and consciously maintained. Telltale signs of neglect should be noted as potential weaknesses.
- Inquire into the previous history of the premises as this can give clues as to the general energetic health and stability of the building.
- Ensure that the front door is clear and easy to find preferably at the front of the house.
- Beware of taking too seriously the superstitious do's and don'ts that are cautioned in many of the Feng Shui books. For example, I would place much more emphasis on balanced room designs and opportunities for strong placement, than on the fact that the street number is 4 or 22 or 5. Each property is different and it is important to assess the entire property in context, and in relation to the potential buyers.
- And the final word: any vendor who is serious about selling their property for a good price and in good time, or any buyer who is committed to acquiring a property that is balanced, healthy, prosperous and well-suited to the family or to the business, should most definitely have a Feng Shui appraisal prior to selling or buying. An appraisal can avoid costly mistakes by revealing a number of obvious and subtle clues about the potential of the property that can be otherwise overlooked in a normal inspection procedure.