Feng shui is a guiding principle for many San Francisco home buyers. The Chinese words “feng” and “shui” translate to mean “wind” and “water,” respectively. This concept derived from an ancient poem that talks about human life being connected and flowing with the environment around it.
If you’re buying or selling a home, it’s a good idea to be aware of what elements constitute unfavorable feng shui. There are some things you can’t change that add up to bad feng shui, such as location. But there are other things that you can alter when it comes to interior design and staging.
Here are some feng shui elements that may affect buyer interest:
Dead-end street. It’s not great if the property is on a dead-end street, as the thinking goes that air doesn’t flow freely there. And if there’s an emergency, it’s not easy to evacuate.
Tall buildings. A home surrounded by tall buildings suppresses the owner’s energy.
Front and back doors are aligned. The energy flow between the two doors could be too aggressive, which is a negative sign in feng shui. It indicates losing fortune and health, theft and disharmony in the family.
Front door faces west. East is the direction where the sun rises, which indicates a bright future. Sitting in the north and facing the south is traditionally a perfect direction in feng shui as this direction is easiest to get the essence of nature.
Front door faces an elevator. The elevator tends to absorb energy from the home.
Home is near a hospital. People who are hospitalized are out of luck, sick people have disease and surgeries in the hospital have a murderous look, all of which have negative impact on the magnetic field around the area.
Home is in close proximity to a church or cemetery. Energies of places for gods or ghosts are disrupted and effect human beings negatively.
The bed directly faces the door. The door is where wind enters the room. If the bed faces the door directly, the bed is facing the wind directly, which is harmful for people’s health. And people sleeping on the bed would have difficulty accumulating energy when facing the wind entrance.
A mirror faces the front door. Because the mirror pushes away all the good feng shui energy that is about to enter the house.
If you’re planning to sell your home and some of these elements apply, just keep in mind that some buyers may not be down with the feng shui. And if you’re a buyer who feels strongly about solid feng shui, check out all the details online before you spend time visiting a property.