Jon Sandifer

In fond and loving memory of
Jon Sandifer
You have inspired so many and will continue to do so


The Sunday Times - 14 October 2007

Location, location, sensation?

It might seem like mumbo jumbo, but many buyers swear by the power of feng shui

Why should the direction of a front door affect a purchase? “If you have the opportunity to make probably the biggest investment of your life, you’ve got to make sure it supports you,” says Jon Sandifer, a consultant and former chairman of the British Feng Shui Society.

The golden rule, even with feng shui, is still location, location, location. Buyers, he says, should look at a home’s position, rather than the size of its bedrooms or linen cupboard. The “mountain” (what’s at the back of the property) needs to be solid; the “phoenix”, or facade, should be uncluttered, with as open a view as possible; and there must be support on either side (corner buildings or those next to open spaces often have problems).

An individual’s horoscope is also taken into consideration, as are a seller’s prospects. Try to buy a house from somebody on their way up rather than down; the estate of a deceased person is not a good option.

Sellers can introduce positive chi to get their home to shift, and there are auspicious dates on which to market a property.

Don’t want to move, but feel stuck in a rut? Feng shui, says Sandifer, can help. “You can make adjustments without ripping out walls and spending a fortune. It’s hard, but you must never tell someone to move.”

So, how does my home rate for chi? After Sandifer’s visit, I’m feeling smug. The psychiatric hospital at the back of my converted Victorian flat, far from being a negative, is a solid “mountain”; the building sits in the middle of the street, so is safely supported on either side; and Sandifer goes into ecstasies over my house number, 111. The number one is lucky and linked to vitality, so I have extra rations of energy. All I need do is invest in a headboard to support me while I sleep, and life will be rosy.