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How (not) to choose your next home
  • Posted 24th Jun 2017

How (not) to choose your next home

Here is an all too common story of what can happen when choosing a new home.

Usually, you would start off with a list of requirements: so many bedrooms, so many bathrooms, so many living areas, what suburb you’d like to live in and so on.

Then you go along to house inspections, one after the other.  You see homes that are pretty good, but not quite right, too expensive, already sold or in the wrong area. And you keep going.

You are under pressure: house prices, other time demands and projects, your family members, schools, babies, the urge to get something now… The process of purchasing a home can get tiring and it can be stressful.

Then, after a while, along comes another home. As you walk in you may not like it, but you are too distracted to really notice this.  You get your list out and it fits all points on it - at least all physical requirements: it has the rooms, the pantry and media room, the school nearby and the price is right.

At this point you rationalise any feeling that you didn’t quite like it away. This is it, you tell yourself. Even though this home lacked the good first impression and homey feeling, you reassure yourself that it will do, that it has all the items on your list, or nearly anyway. And maybe it’s not impossible to get what you want anyway, etc… 

 

You Know a Good Home

This may not be you, but it is an all too common story. This is also how many people end up in a home that is never quite right and where they may not feel really settled and happy. On inspecting the Feng Shui of such a home, we often find it to be more difficult to adjust, requiring a lot more compromises to improve.

Good Feng Shui feels right. It is the naturally right design, placement and décor in a home. You know it when you see it.

The greatest piece of advice I give people is to listen to their gut feeling and first impressions.  You know if a home is right or not. But you can also rationalise your knowing away and end up with a compromise.

If you choose a home that feels good, the Feng Shui is generally easy to adjust and work with. If you have compromised already, the Feng Shui is often more difficult to get right.
 

What is Important in a Home

But house prices, and and and… I can hear you object. Let’s look at it this way. We, as a nation, occupy the largest footprint homes in the world. I have seen many homes: living comfort is not associated with size and number of living rooms! It comes from the quality of energies and a layout, décor, placement and colour schemes that are in natural harmony with them.

If you, like most people, need to compromise in the purchase of your home, don’t compromise on the right feel. If you have to, you may be able to compromise on the space.

 

For Real Peace of Mind

Once you have short listed a home I am happy to advise on its suitability from a Feng Shui point of view. I can tell what is positive about a home and where its weak points are. And very importantly, I can tell you if the bedrooms are good – one of the most important aspects in a home.

You can get peace of mind before you buy with a preliminary assessment. Or you can have a full Feng Shui analysis to get your home to be the best it can possible be.

My best piece of advice is to follow your instincts, and then have a Feng Shui assessment to make it even better and bring out your home’s very best potential. Let me know if I can help.

 

Photo by Daniel Frank on Unsplash