The Best Numbers for a Home or Apartment in Feng Shui

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The Best Numbers for a Home or Apartment in Feng Shui


feng shui house numbersFeng Shui consultants sometimes employ numerology -- the symbolism of numbers -- to help in assessing the chi of a home, apartment or place of business. My Feng Shui Name Grader uses algorithms based in numerology to determine if a particular name will be positive, negative or neutral.

What are the best numbers for a house or apartment in Feng Shui? And why?

The best numbers for a home or office are 1, 2, 3, 6, 8 and 9.

One signifies a new beginning or birth, always an auspicious event. The number 2 represents balance, as in yin and yang.

The number three in Feng Shui, just as in Western culture, possesses mystical powers: the three wishes of fairy tails, Christianity's Holy Trinity, and the geometry of a triangle. Six and 9, as multiples of 3, carry good fortune, too. Nine, additionally, represents the culmination of a cycle, things reaching a pinnacle. The Chinese word for nine, chou, sounds like the word for longevity. If you live in a home or apartment bearing the number nine, you can expect to stay there for a while.

The number 8, similar to the number 3, also carries fortunate energy. In Cantonese, the words “eight” and “prosperity” sound alike. Additionally, the ba gua possesses eight trigrams.

House Numbers to Avoid
In Feng Shui, the number four is considered unfortunate. It sounds very similar to the Chinese word for death. In Chinese architecture, four is avoided. Chinese architects sometimes “cut off” corners of buildings to create an eight-sided building, and buildings in China are sometimes missing the fourth floor just as, in the United States, some architects eliminate the 13th floor.

Contrary to Western culture, the number 7 is also considered unlucky in Feng Shui. Chinese memorial services for the dead traditionally take place every 7 days for 7 weeks.

Five is considered a neutral number.

How to Calculate Your House Number
If you have a single digit house or apartment number, it's easy to judge whether it will be auspicious or not. If a home has a 2, 3 or 4 digit number, you can look at each number individually, or you can add the numbers together, and then, add those numbers (if there are two or more digits) together to get a number between 1 and 9. That number will tell you whether the home or business will help attract good fortune for its residents.  

Fortunately, with 6 positive numbers and only two numbers believed to bring misfortune, it should be easy to find a home with a fortunate building number.

If you take time to assess the Feng Shui of a house before you buy,  you may want to take into consideration the number of the building.

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My house number is A1/06. Can I add 1 & 6 as it is A1 block, house number 6.
Posted @ Wednesday, July 28, 2010 7:32 AM by Manmeet
Hm, not nice to know. My house number is 7!
Posted @ Wednesday, July 28, 2010 7:54 AM by Marsha
My building number is 2 and apt number is 5. So I would add 2+5=7. 
I've been there 7 years. Maybe that explains a few things, since I've moved in I have not picked up a paint brush to do a painting,my music projects have come to a stand still. My son & I are stuck in a holding pattern that seems to keep repeating some life issues. 
At this point in time everything remains in the holding pattern.  
Is there a quick " cure " I can place, to make some forward movment?
Posted @ Wednesday, July 28, 2010 8:14 AM by Gretchen
At first glance I thought I was in good, 1 9 6 8 1. All these numbers are in the positive then I added them getting 25, adding 2+5=7 YIKES! Did I do that right? 
I am too anxious to find what to do when you come up with 7. Have had many misfortunes since living here, maybe more than anywhere I have lived but have on the flip side had many blessings that outweigh the "bad" or the perception that it is "bad".  
Thanks Ken for showing us the little things that make a big difference in life. :)
Posted @ Wednesday, July 28, 2010 9:18 AM by Donna Vail
In my previous post the reason I asked for a " cure" I read in one of my Feng Shui book's about unlucky numbers and the cure that they stated was to take clear nail polish to alter the number to an auspisous number.  
I was not sure about it, and I want to be sure it would be the right one.
Posted @ Wednesday, July 28, 2010 9:53 AM by Gretchen
Thrilled to learn that the number 2 represents balance as balance is something I'm always striving for and our house number is 202 so I'm taking the option of looking at each number individually rather than adding them together for the dreaded #4.
Posted @ Wednesday, July 28, 2010 10:18 AM by Doreen Pendgracs
This is a very discouraging post for those of us with #7 homes. I was so happy to have moved into my beautiful new place but what are we to do? I understand auspicious and inauspicious numbers but there have to be ways to deal with this. The other thing is that my apartment is located in the northwest (wealth) area of the building--does that count for anything? 
Also, if one lives in an apartment, does one count only the apartment number, the building number or add a combination of the two? 
Thanks for any answers on this, Ken!
Posted @ Wednesday, July 28, 2010 10:29 AM by Alma
What about #5 ???
Posted @ Wednesday, July 28, 2010 2:21 PM by Torrie
My house number is 4. And believe me, my life is as death as that number? Feng shui doesn't work here also. 
I'm doomed.
Posted @ Wednesday, July 28, 2010 5:30 PM by Juanita
What can we do, those of us that have these unlucky numbers?
Posted @ Wednesday, July 28, 2010 6:58 PM by Invisible
I have done some reading about feng shui and although I am not an expert, I came across some information that states that 4 is not so bad here in the west. In China, four sounds like the word death but here, four is just four. 
Remember, the power of intention is much greater than outside influences and if there are negative outside influences, we do our best.
Posted @ Wednesday, July 28, 2010 9:35 PM by Stacy
Manmeet, I would just use the 06.
Posted @ Wednesday, July 28, 2010 11:15 PM by Ken Lauher
Gretchen, use the apartment number and not the building. Don't add the two together unless your address is 25.
Posted @ Wednesday, July 28, 2010 11:16 PM by Ken Lauher
Gretchen, it is always best to be proactive rather than reactive. We live in a society that there must be a cure for everything. It is best to find a place that is favorable to begin with and then enhance it rather than playing defense and placing cures to correct it.
Posted @ Wednesday, July 28, 2010 11:18 PM by Ken Lauher
Manmeet, as I thought about it further, the A1/o6. If this is your actual address, I would use the number associated with the letter a = 1. So 1+1+0+6=8. So 8 would be your number.
Posted @ Wednesday, July 28, 2010 11:22 PM by Ken Lauher
What some have done to correct an unfavorable address is to add a letter to the number. So it could be 46 B. You would place 1 - 9 on the alphabet and start over at 1 until you have gone through the entire alphabet.
Posted @ Wednesday, July 28, 2010 11:24 PM by Ken Lauher
My apartment number is 407!!! 4 & 7 are unfortunate according to your post! Should I consider the single digit result by adding the numbers? It gives 2 which is a good number! Your advice please.
Posted @ Wednesday, July 28, 2010 11:43 PM by Leena
yippee, i live in number one. Thank you Ken, love your posts keep them coming.
Posted @ Thursday, July 29, 2010 2:25 AM by Raj
Dear Ken, 
Hey, u have made my day ! 
Thankyou so mych ! 
Posted @ Thursday, July 29, 2010 2:46 AM by Manmeet Sikka
Hey Ken My house is 43 and 4+3= 7 
What can I do right now? I have done a lot of the things that you said to do in the house...but still my energy is low...
Posted @ Thursday, July 29, 2010 1:12 PM by Rossy Estevez
I live in apt. # 525. I need help!
Posted @ Thursday, July 29, 2010 5:54 PM by S
hi, my home no. is 12049 is this good?
Posted @ Saturday, July 31, 2010 10:04 AM by edith
I rented, suite # 1F and the building # is 8891 and street # 20 
Building# 8891 ..........=26 =8 
Building +appartment 8891 +1 =27 =9 
Building +apptt+Floor8891+1+1=28 =1 
Building +apptt+Floor8891+1+6=33 =6 
I am living here since 2002 with a problem that I have been cheated/ unpaid for my hard-earned money. 
Posted @ Sunday, August 01, 2010 7:06 PM by Faiz Ahmed
Gretchen, use the apartment number and not the building. Don't add the two together unless your address is 25. 
Posted @ Wednesday, July 28, 2010 11:16 PM by Ken Lauher Ok, Late spring, I had a check stolen as well as other items from my mail box, Thank goodness I got it back. I got a personal mail box at a post office store. The number is 707. I have most of all my mail diverted to that address. Was this a wise move?
Posted @ Sunday, August 08, 2010 6:55 PM by Gretchen
Gretchen, Yes, from a security perspective, it is fine.
Posted @ Sunday, August 08, 2010 6:57 PM by Ken Lauher
Apartment number is 17, am I doomed or can I cure??? Please help befor I move in.
Posted @ Monday, August 30, 2010 6:29 AM by Sahara
please send me an email and respond 
i live in buidling 5 apt# 408 
do i add the building number 5+4+8=17=8 ? 
Or do you not count the apt building number? 
thank you for your response, 
Posted @ Wednesday, October 13, 2010 2:29 PM by kim wilkins
We are moving and have 2 options for moving and have to make a decsion and I am so confused or unsure ,please help me and fast for we need to decide and so glad I caught this :) 2 choices are : 
Its a Aprtment home complex address is 24323 Jackson with unit options of the following 1) A town home #917 its a corner unit /2 car garage loft style 3 floors ,1455 sqauare feet with first floor entrance first floor only walk in entrance everything is upstairs ,walk in is not a open area ,small bathroom right by door entrance and garage entrance door and then you walk up satirs (curving stairs ,not open and straight flowing )I write all this because I see 917 address adds 8 but the layout of entrance is not flowing ,or is it ?  
and 2) is a 3 bedroom on 3rd floor ( top floor )corner unit apartment all open with address of unit 1636  
The first town house as well has neighbors houses facing me and next to me and wondering how this effects energy as well and the 3 bedroom apartment only has someone below ,nothing next to me or in front of me ? Is it all just in number or layout ? 
Posted @ Saturday, October 16, 2010 2:06 PM by Mary
Ken, my permanent home address is block 1, lot 3. If I add 1+3=4. Is this the right computation? #4, not nice to know it is unlucky number & i'm bothered. Can u help me to have a cure on it.  
Please send me an email. 
Posted @ Sunday, January 01, 2012 2:02 AM by gene
Thanks for your question. So is your physical address 13? Not sure based on what you said if you should really add the two as it should be separate numbers. I would go off of the lot number. Number 3 is auspicious and good fortune. Keep in mind that the physical address is a very minor detail to the actual Feng Shui of a lot or home. It is more about the theme of the all the pieces put together and what that story will tell you.
Posted @ Monday, January 02, 2012 8:29 PM by Ken Lauher
thinking about moving to an apartment number 202 block number 8, is this an auspicious number? singleum with 2 child. please reply to my email. Thanks jess
Posted @ Tuesday, September 25, 2012 2:48 PM by Jess
The apartment number equals 4, which is not favorable. However, the number(s) of an apartment are just one of many factors of a space and usually not as important as location, floor plan layout, etc. The best way to understand how to optimize your space is a one-on-one consultation online via
Posted @ Thursday, October 04, 2012 3:52 PM by Ken Lauher
looking at buying home on acerage its no is 319 something rd is that abad no or not
Posted @ Friday, May 10, 2013 10:12 PM by kerry
You may want to review my latest episode where I talk about the evaluation of an address. Visit to watch the video. 
For those that would like an pre-purchase property / home assessment, visit "Work With Me" at the top of the page and contact me.
Posted @ Tuesday, May 14, 2013 4:12 PM by Ken Lauher
I live in a townhouse (unit 32). Would my house number be 5? Or should I also take into account the complex number (6366) which would make my number 8?
Posted @ Tuesday, May 06, 2014 12:46 AM by nisha
Great question. You can look at both of these numbers separately.  
You can then discover if both are positive or negative, etc.  
Keep in mind that this is a very small detail in the overall Feng Shui of a space. Typically there are 7 to 8 things that tell a story about a space. So although you can evaluate the address, it is one small detail of the overall theme of a space.
Posted @ Tuesday, May 13, 2014 5:02 PM by Ken Lauher
Should I buy a fkat on forth fkoor? Or is best to avoid? I have an option on 9th floor also. Which one will be auspecious? 
Thank you.
Posted @ Sunday, August 10, 2014 11:53 AM by pranita sharma
You should not evaluate the Feng Shui of a space on house number or floor alone. Although this is one item to consider, it is no means the only one. It is best to have a pre-purchase Feng Shui analysis completed for places that you are looking to move to prior to purchase or rental. That way you know ahead of time what may be in store for you when you live there full time.
Posted @ Monday, August 18, 2014 2:19 PM by Ken Lauher
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