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5 Feng Shui tips for buying the right house


Feng Shui expert, Master Sandy Paw lists down the top key features Malaysian home hunters should look out for when purchasing a house to ensure maximum harmony, health and success for its occupants.


Those who are attuned to their surroundings are sure to have experienced either a comforting and invigorating feeling when stepping into a house and they might also have felt anxious or off-balance when entering some other house.  It is pretty common to say, “Sheesh, this house gives off bad vibes” or “Wow, I love how homey this house feels”. Well, this energy you feel is all related to Feng Shui, which differs from property to property, regardless of price and unit type.

Make no mistake, Feng Shui is no magical remedy, nor is it merely some old wives’ belief.  Instead, Feng Shui is a form of knowledge that teaches us to manipulate the energy and space around us to help improve our health and well-being. If you are a first-time home buyer, it is a given to want to own a property that can bring you the utmost comfort, and invite good fortune to the household.

Therefore, you should do adequate research before buying a property because a Feng Shui master can only do so much to minimise the bad aura of a property with poor Feng Shui.

Master Paw lists down her top 5 tips for first time home buyers:

1. Look for wind and water elements

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First of all, always look at the bigger picture – A residential area with good vibes draws in good energy for its residents. Hence, the property’s surroundings and its external environment, as well as the layout of the house, are key factors in determining the Qi or energy of the property.

Feng Shui literally means ‘wind’ and ‘water’ translated from Mandarin, hence the ideal location should have a refreshing and gentle wind flow, complemented by slow-moving water to create that natural calming balance every urbanite seeks.

2. Big is not always better

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When deciding on the size of the property, it is always crucial to opt for a space that is compatible with the number of occupants. A huge but almost empty house with just a few occupants forms a more Yin than Yang combination. This will dampen the mood, invite bad spirits and bring unknown illness to the property’s occupants.

Meanwhile, a small and cluttered house with too many occupants will create a more Yang than Yin combination, resulting in a tensed up atmosphere. A negative environment as such will cause frequent arguments, where things might even spiral out of control to involve lawsuits, etc.

3. Take note of your home’s 4 Celestial Animals and their respective requirements

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The celestial animal concept is important when it comes to optimising the landscape of your home. Ancient Feng Shui reading marks the 4 directions of a house as Left Green Dragon, Right White Tiger, Front Phoenix and Back Tortoise. Ideally, the Dragon has to be lively, hence it is best to have a small garden filled with plants in the western (leftwards) part of the house. The Tiger, in the east has to be quiet, and it is better to have a bigger space for the Dragon compared to the Tiger.

The (front or northwards) Phoenix on the other end demands space, thus a property with a wide front view and continuous wind flow is optimal. These elements are known to help its occupants have a clearer vision and increase the chances of a brighter future. It is best to avoid a property with a bumpy pathway or a blocked view. Also, make sure that there is nothing blocking the main door.

Meanwhile, the (back or southwards) Tortoise is equivalent to support and power. It is ideal to have a mountain element at the back of the house, providing the house with strength and stability.

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4. A neat building design and straight angles are crucial

Do not settle for an L-shaped house. Image Credit: Master Sandy Paw

An “L” shaped house is like two rectangles that have been mashed together at an angle, and the “missing” sectors will create bad Feng Shui, thus causing quarrels and arguments. The perfect space projects balance and stability, hence an L-shaped design is a no-no.

Instead, a square-shaped property which allows ample sunlight and fresh air flow is your best bet; it guarantees a better quality of living and contributes towards comfort as well.

5. Avoid these features which could harm good vibes 

  • Avoid locations which are nearby cemeteries, graveyards, funeral parlours or hospitals. These localities bring negative energy to the residents within close proximity, causing health problems, sleeping problems and bad luck.
  • Avoid houses located within a short distance of temples, churches and police stations. These spots are known to have strong ‘chi’ or energy, which overpowers or disrupts the tenants’ energy.
  • Avoid high voltage power cables or power supply units, as it channels negativity that harms both your physical and mental health.
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  • Avoid houses situated close to highways or an industrial area. Noise pollution affects one’s concentration and sleep, which also interferes with personal health, relationships and well-being.
  • Avoid septic tanks, drains and stagnant water, as the presence of such features gives rise to an unpleasant odour and negative effects to the occupants’ health, prosperity and career.
  • Avoid houses surrounded by withered flowers or dried-up plants. Dying plants is reminiscent of decay, which drains the occupants’ vitality, besides depleting the house’s Qi.
  • Avoid houses facing a cable pole or lamp post. This feature, also known as Piercing Heart Sha or “poison arrows”, will cause the occupants to be grumpy and make mistakes easily.
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  • Avoid facing the sharp corner of other buildings. Exterior poison arrows are more harmful than interior ones, a property with such a feature will cause anxiety and prompt the occupants to be accident-prone.

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This article is courtesy of Master Sandy Paw and was translated from Mandarin by Rachael Soh.

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