Are you looking to improve the energy and atmosphere in your rented home by aligning it with Vastu principles? Living in a Vastu-compliant home offers many advantages, including better health, positive energy, reduced conflicts, a clutter-free and well-ventilated space, and increased luck. Here are 15 simple tips to make your rented house or apartment more Vastu-friendly:
15 quick and easy Vastu tips to improve the vibes of your rented house:
Background check of the house
Before you buy a house or apartment, it’s a good idea to find out some basic information about it. For example, you might want to know who lived there before and if there were any significant accidents or sad events that happened in the house. This might seem like a small thing, but doing a little research can help prevent big problems in the future.
Vibe of the property
When you walk into a house or apartment, pay attention to how it makes you feel. Your feelings in that place can tell you a lot before you decide to buy or rent it. Sometimes, even making small changes, like arranging things according to Vastu principles, can change the way you feel in that place. Sometimes, being in a place with bad vibes can make you feel down and negative. So, the vibes of a place are important to consider.
Location of your flat
If your home is very close to traffic, a graveyard, a power plant, or electric poles, it might not be considered good according to Vastu. So, if you pick a house in a location that is more open and free, with plenty of sunlight entering your home, that can be seen as an ideal place.
Rearrange your furniture
If you live in a rented place, you can improve the energy by arranging your furniture according to Vastu suggestions. Put your sofa in the west or southwest direction so that it faces east or north. These directions bring positivity and stability. Sitting and having conversations in these directions can reduce conflicts among family members and guests. The southwest direction is great for the head of the family’s seat in the living room. It’s considered lucky for them to choose their spot. These small changes help you align with the energies in all directions and make a positive impact. If you’re planning to build your own house, you can also look into Vastu tips for construction.
Check the main door of the house
When you’re looking to buy a flat or house, try to find one with the main door facing north, northeast, east, or west. Avoid homes where the main door faces south, southwest, northwest (north side), or southeast (south side). It’s also a good idea not to keep shoe racks, shoes, trash bins, or garbage outside your main door because they can bring negative energy into your home. Instead, you can decorate your main door with flower petals, wooden idols of gods and goddesses, light-colored bulbs, or a nameplate to create a positive atmosphere.
Ideal room allocations
Experts suggest that if we choose certain directions for different activities in our home, we can feel more comfortable, become more creative, have better relationships, and even be healthier. For instance, it’s recommended to place the master bedroom in the southwest direction, as this is where the head of the family should stay. According to Vastu, the son’s room should be in the southeast corner, and the daughter’s room should be in the northwest corner of the house.
Fix any cracks, damages, and leaks
Be sure to repair any leaky pipes, cracks, or damages in your home. This is important because wasting water is seen as a waste of positive energy. Before renting an apartment, it’s a good idea to find out where all the pipes and fittings are placed. According to Vastu, the best locations to install water taps and pipes are in the east, north, north of northeast, or east of northeast.
Make minor changes in the interior layout
Even if you can’t make big changes to your rented house, you can still make small adjustments like changing your sleeping position or rearranging the furniture. These minor changes can help improve the Vastu balance and bring in harmony and good luck.
Declutter the center of the house
The center of your house symbolizes the spirit and open space, and it’s crucial to keep it clutter-free to invite abundance into your home. It’s not advisable to place an underground water tank or a fish tank in the center of the house. The central area should remain well-lit and empty. Besides, it’s not suitable to use the center of the house as a kitchen, staircase, pillar, or bedroom.
Kitchen and restroom placements
According to Vastu shastra, it’s not a good idea to have the kitchen and restroom sharing a wall because it could impact the health of the people living in the house. So, try to avoid renting a place where the kitchen and restroom have a common wall.
Ideally, the kitchen should be in the southeast corner of the house so that the cook faces east while cooking. If your rented home doesn’t have the kitchen in the southeast corner, you can arrange the cooking stove in a way that makes the cook face east while cooking.
Placement of doors
It’s considered lucky if the doors of the home open inwards because it keeps the positive energy inside. Make sure to check if the doors in your apartment work well and don’t make any squeaky or creaky noises.
In Vastu, mirrors are seen as powerful tools to remove negative energies from your home. If you want to make your apartment or house Vastu-friendly, it’s important to know how to use mirrors correctly. Be careful about where you place them, as incorrect placement can disrupt the flow of positive energy in your home.
According to Vastu, it’s a good idea to put a mirror in front of a nice window view so that it can capture the positive vibes from the view and spread them around. In the dining room, you can position a mirror in a way that reflects the dining table. Vastu recommends using rectangular or square mirrors because they are considered very auspicious, instead of round, oval, or irregularly shaped ones.
Color of the walls
In certain places like the entrance, living room, or meditation/prayer room, where a sense of spaciousness is important, it’s a good idea to use soft colors like pastel, cream, or white to create a feeling of peace and calm. For the study or office area, where you need focus and stability, using colors like brown, green, or beige is helpful because they balance the earth element. In the kitchen, a good color combination would be various shades of red or orange along with a neutral color. As for the bedrooms and bathrooms, using water-inspired colors like sea green or blue can make you feel more relaxed. These simple color changes in your rented home can actually transform the atmosphere and the overall vibes of your place.
Do a griha-pravesh pooja
A “Griha-pravesh” pooja is a highly auspicious ritual performed when moving into a new house or apartment. It’s a way to seek divine blessings for the protection and positivity of the new home. A pandit (priest) or a pooja consultant can determine the right and fortunate time (muhurta) for this ceremony.
There are some important guidelines to follow during the Griha-pravesh pooja. For instance, it’s customary to create a beautiful mandala in front of the home, thoroughly clean the house, and invite guests to participate in the puja. Afterward, it’s traditional to serve them prasadam as a form of blessed food.
It’s advisable to avoid scheduling the Griha-pravesh pooja on certain occasions, like during Holi, a festival of colors. Furthermore, it’s recommended not to leave the house empty for the next three days following the ceremony but rather ensure that it’s well-stocked with necessary essentials.
In a rented house or apartment, there are limitations on how much you can modify the structure to make it Vastu-compliant. In such situations, mantra chanting can be a very helpful practice. For instance, gathering all family members in a circle and chanting “Om Namah Shivaya” can generate positive vibes in the atmosphere, which can purify and mitigate any Vastu-related issues in the home. You can also chant this mantra individually or play soothing music or hymns in the mornings or evenings while lighting incense for an even more beneficial effect.
When the property owner lives elsewhere, the tenant is the one who is likely to be more influenced by Vastu. Conversely, if the owner of the property resides there, they are more likely to be affected by Vastu considerations.
Doing a Griha Pravesh ceremony in a rented house or apartment is highly recommended as it’s considered very auspicious. According to Vastu experts, this ceremony can help dispel negativity and invite more positivity into the home.
Indeed, Vastu has an impact on the people living in a house, whether they are the owners or tenants. For tenants, it’s crucial to follow Vastu principles before moving into a new house to ensure a happy, healthy, and positive life in their new home.
Vastu flaws in various directions can have varying effects on the residents of a house. For instance, a Vastu flaw in the southwest area may impact the heart health of the owner. Similarly, doshas in the northeast or southwest parts of the house could affect the well-being of women and children. In addition to that, sleeping under a beam may result in increased mental stress, tension, or even depression for the person. Therefore, the negative consequences of Vastu issues can manifest in physical, mental, or situational challenges, such as financial loss, legal problems, or heightened conflicts at home or in life in general.
To determine the most auspicious day for moving, it’s advisable to consult with a Vastu expert or a pandit who can provide guidance.