House Hunting

By on March 3, 2014
There are many factors that impact our home feeling harmonious, and Feng Shui aims to maximize what we have. If you are looking for a new space to live, there are many things to consider so see if your new home will be a nurturing space. While you can take a new car for a test drive to see how you like it, you unfortunately can’t have a test stay in a home to see how it works for you. The following guidelines can help give you some important points to keep. your senses tuned for.


Come on in!
The entrance sets the tone for the home. Is it wide enough? Do you have room for your shoes? Is there an entry closet for coats? How does it feel when you walk in?

Rest your head
Is the bedroom a supportive space to sleep? Can you put the head of the bed along a windowless wall? Is there a window so you can have fresh air?

See The Light
You want to be able to have as much natural light as possible. South-facing homes have historically been considered ideal (in the Northern Hemisphere – it would be the reverse in the Southern Hemisphere), though they can get pretty toasty in warmer seasons. Will there be enough natural daylight coming into your home? Do you have enough windows (in each room)? And how about electrical light? Hopefully you can have non-fluorescent fixtures installed. Check that there are enough sockets in each room so you can plug in lamps in key locations.

Noise pollution can be a major stressor, whether it be caused by neighbours or other external factors. Sound levels vary at different times of the day – trains and cars will sound louder at night when there are fewer other noises – and if you visit a potential dwelling in the day, you might not hear the neighbours walking around or playing music to get an idea of how soundproofed the building is. Aim to visit at different times and practice spending some minutes in silence to see what your ears pick up.

Do you have enough room for your belongings? We tend to underestimate how much we own and how our stuff might fit in the new home. It would be wise to measure all of your current furniture and closet space in order to map things out on the floorplan of your proposed new home.

In addition to any aesthetic considerations, the location, and the price, the points above are key considerations if your new home is to support you. Happy hunting!

About Mark Ainley

Mark Ainley is a Contemporary Feng Shui Consultant and Emotional Stress Consultant living in Vancouver. A former 5-year resident of Tokyo, Mark consults with clients internationally to help them design living and work spaces in alignment with their goals. He also provides consulting in emotional stress management, as well as in the connection between facial structure and innate behavioural and communication patterns. He can be reached through his website: and