Renting a home can be a balancing act – you want to create a supportive space without investing too much time or energy in a place you don’t own. However, the energy of a rental home could still restrict your future plans. In the UK many rental properties can feel unloved and forlorn. Landlords don’t always realise that a well-maintained property, with good Feng Shui, has a higher occupancy rate and rental income than less well looked after properties. This Feng Shui guide will help you pick well and avoid some basic pitfalls when renting a home.
The energy of any space affects us, whether we are aware of it or not. It can impact on our relationships, career, our mood, and our health. The longer we spend in a place, the greater the impact. For this reason it is really important to pick a good rental place. You may not plan to stay for very long but it should still be a haven and a positive stepping stone to your next supportive property when the time comes, rather than somewhere you get stuck.
Usually within 3-6 months of living in a home its influence will start to show. The problems we often experience are so subjective that, at first, it can be difficult to realise that it’s the different energy having an impact.
So when picking a good place to rent you should consider:
The area outside any property is more important than anything going on inside. Traditionally this is usually where you have less control than if you own a property. However, it pays to check it out. It is better to avoid living in properties that:
- are close to graveyards or hospitals. (These are too yin, the energy isn’t strong and they aren’t healthy)
- are near rubbish tips (Good energy is damaged by rubbish and decay)
- are directly on busy roads. (The energy is too fast and the property won’t feel comfortable.)
If you rent a house with a garden, then you have the opportunity to control the energy before it gets to your door. This can help mitigate any problem issues and make the energy near your door more attractive and consequently more supportive.
Even if you’re not planning on staying long term, you can use planters and troughs with seasonal flowering plants to draw the energy to your door and brighten things up. This is even worth considering something similar if you have communal spaces in stairwells or common hallways.
Make sure that you can see the property.
Hint – if you have trouble finding it, there’s usually something about the energy that is tricky.
Is the property tucked up at the end of a cul de sac or hidden down a narrow lane? If so then it’s difficult for the energy to get to the property and it could make life there more of a struggle than necessary. Properties like this are best avoided.
As the door is the “mouth” of the building it will need to be visible from the street, hallway, corridor etc. Apartments that are tucked behind stairwell for example get very little energy from the communal space.
When you are at the door to the property turn around and look out of the door – is the door blocked by a wall, lamppost or a tree for example? Anything like this will restrict the energy getting in.
It can be difficult to find a regular shaped building and quirky layouts can be interesting. However there are some areas that you really should have within the footprint of your new home:
- The south – this area relates to the male or yang energy. If this is missing life is always hard work and any men living here will spend time out of the house and lack support in their work or with colleagues.
- Conversely the north relates to the lead female of the house and the support she receives from outside the house.
These “parent” positions are vital in keeping the house and its occupants looked after. There are positions relating to other family members but the parents’ energy is the most important.
- In addition, the centre of any property – the tai chi – is the heart of the house. This is the governing energy for the whole space. It is much better for the shape of the building to include this area.
Good energy doesn’t go near dark spaces, so it’s important that you have a direct light source near the door both outside and in. If not you need to be able to create a lighter space. These neat little lights are a great option if you have access to daylight at least some of the time. https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/430023464422086889/
Tips to make the place feel “yours”
Having lived in rented properties in the past it was always a real challenge to make an empty property feel like my home. It can take time for us to adjust to the energy of a new space and, if a property has been empty for a while, it can take time for our “human chi” to fill the building too.
Some ways we do this are simple:
- playing nice music and adding your own personal possessions are easy.
- If the energy feels stale, open windows for a while to freshen things up.
- Getting the temperature right will fast track things too – especially making it warm enough. (Cold buildings are very yin and not at all homely.) This will bring the energy into balance.
- Adding live plants is another good way to stimulate energy. Aim for leafy plants rather than spiky ones.
- Sometimes a place that has been empty will need more movement. You could invite friends round to visit.
- Even art with images of movement or patterned fabric or throws will work to create a comfortable new home.
You might also find my recent blog “Is your property draining your energy?” useful.
If you need any help, drop me a line. I offer quick pre-rental assessments to help you find the best place to live.
Happy Property Hunting!