Besides market sentiment, the global economic climate and infrastructure, another element that affects the value of a property is feng shui. Several features need to be paid attention to. The following are parts of the house where feng shui can make a lot of difference.
When it comes to feng shui, the main door is the most important. Also known as the “Qi mouth”, it is arguably the gateway in which qi, or life force, flows into the property and enters the rest of the house. Negative energy can be the result of obstacles within sight, for instance, tall structures such as a lamp post in front of the house. If any tall structures such as lamp posts are obstructing the flow of qi coming in from your main entrance, the result is a case of sha, or piercing heart, which can be detrimental to the health and career prospects of those who occupy the property. Narrow gaps between houses are another negative factor in feng shui, as it is synonymous with cracks in the sky, or ca. Even shadows cast by thick foliage at the main entrance result in a yin sha, or negative impact on mental health.
In feng shui, the kitchen represents health and life. Also known as the “heavenly heart” of the home, a kitchen should therefore be situated at the side of the house instead of right in the middle. A kitchen that is not well situated will mean greater instability and long-term niggling health problems. It is also advisable not to have the stove facing the kitchen entrance. Ideally, the stove should be positioned at an angle to slow down gushing qi.
We spend a third of our lives sleeping, so the location of the bedrooms within a house will also have an impact on property value and the well-being of the occupants. Bedrooms should be located at suitable sectors based on the formulas of the Eight Mansions, Xuan Kong Da Gua or Flying Stars. Oddly shaped rooms — round or triangular — should be avoided, as they amplify the effects of negative qi. A regular shaped or square room can contain positive incoming qi, and the correct sleeping position allows occupants to yield positive outcomes in matters of family relationship, health and career.
Homes situated away from busy roads tend to command higher values. In feng shui, curving roads leading to a property create a bow formation that will cut off incoming qi flow. Also to be avoided are properties directly facing a narrow or wide alley, as it can cause the “Pulling Nose Qi” problem, that is, when good qi is being sucked out, and it is a problem that is extremely difficult to solve. Contrary to popular belief, the dreaded T-junction can be easily treated if it narrowly misses the main door of the property. Simply plant trees in front of the property to create a barricade for negative incoming qi. You could opt to do these assessments on your own, but there could be other details that come into play that could affect your property value. For instance, a visible drain that crosses the path of a building’s main entrance could also sweep away qi, a scenario called “Cutting Feet Water”.
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