Choosing a property

Choosing the right property can make life less stressful

Finding your perfect rental can be a challenge but this simple Feng Shui Guide to Renting will help you weed out the rogue properties so that you can find your perfect place!

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. This Feng Shui guide to renting will help you pick well and avoid some basic pitfalls.


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.

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.

Key Feng Shui Points to Consider when Renting a Home

  • Outside Space

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.

  • 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.

  • The Position of the door

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.

  • The Shape of the building

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.
  • Light

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.

Feng Shui Guide to Renting – What to avoid

The area outside any property is more important than anything going on inside.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.)

Feng Shui Tips to make the place feel “yours”

Having lived in rented properties in the past I found that it was a real challenge to make an empty property feel like my home. It can take time for any of 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.

This can be helped by:

  • 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 activity. Invite friends round to visit.
  • Art with images of movement or patterned fabric or throws will work to create a comfortable new home.

You might also find my recent blogIs 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!