What is Feng Shui?
Meaning "wind" and "water", feng shui is a concept originating from Chinese Taoist principles, enhanced by Eastern practices and now globally regarded for its relevance to working with natural harmony to maximize the energy all around us. Feng shui is based off of the following essential principles: the commanding position, the spot in the room that is farthest diagonally from the door; the bagua, or a floor map that balances and positions different features of every room to harness energy relative to such attributes as family, wealth and health; the five elements of Taoist tradition, earth, metal, water, wood and fire, that balance each other relative to the attributes that you are trying to enhance in each room or your home overall.
Why is it important to buying and selling a house?
In short, feng shui serves to create a harmony between humans and their environment that maximizes efficiency, health and happiness. With proper positioning of components of a room relative to the bagua and a harmonious blending of the 5 elements, feng shui helps to harness the proper flow of the principle known in Chinese culture as Ch'i (or chi as it is known in western culture) that is considered to be the life force that guides us. For those looking to sell their home or looking to buy a home, having proper feng shui can make a difference between creating an inviting, functional and healthful space versus a house that is dysfunctional and unwelcoming.
9 Feng shui principles when buying a house
With the importance and relevance of feng shui in mind, there are 9 principles that will facilitate proper feng shui when buying or selling a house.
There are many other elements to feng shui that can effect the subtleties of your home. Greenery is considered an essential element, so having more plants that are tastefully positioned within your home helps to create a health-giving climate. Minimal furnishing without obstacles helps to ensure that energy is not impeded. As noted, proper positioning of furnishings and ensuring that the proper furniture and equipment are positioned in the proper room (you don't want the treadmill in the bedroom!) help to create a balanced energy plane.
These elements, of course, are subjective to taste and dependent on the eventual occupant of the home. For those looking to buy or sell their home, following the above guidelines will help to create a sound foundation for maximizing a successful transaction. More importantly, especially if you are buying a home, it will help to foster a healthy and happy environment for years to come.