Home Buying Superstitions from Around the World

Did you know that it’s bad luck to bring an old broom into a new house? According to those who believe in the superstition, you bring all of your baggage and bad luck with you from your old home into your new one rather than getting a fresh start. While the new broom superstition is most common home buying superstition in the United States, it’s far from the only one of its type.

While we mainly focus on practical tips and advice on this blog, we thought it would be fun to share some of the most common home buying superstitions from around the world for those preparing to go house hunting. So if you’re in the market for a new home, you might want to give this list a quick skim first before signing any mortgage papers.

The Day You Move Matters

In India it’s bad luck to move into your new house on a Friday, Saturday, or a rainy day. According to superstition, the best day to move into a new house is actually on a Thursday.

The Importance of Feng Shui

According to For Dummies, Feng Shui, examines how the placement of things and objects within it affect the energy flow in your living environment, and how these objects interact with and influence your personal energy flow.”

The purpose of Feng Shui is to keep the energy within your home as positive, unrestricted and prosperous as possible. This means that someone who practices Feng Shui will choose not to buy or rent certain properties if they have features that negatively affect the Feng Shui.

Stairs that are directly across from/lead up from the front door of the dwelling, for instance, are considered bad Feng Shui as they let good fortune escape out the front door and allow negative energy directly upstairs.

Homes with the number 8 in the address are considered good luck, while the number 13 is considered bad luck. The thought that ‘unlucky 13’ is something that should be avoided spans far beyond China. Many apartment buildings and condos are built without a 13th floor (with the numbers on the floors jumping from 12 to 14 instead).

Looking for an Otherworldly Roommate?

In New Orleans (thought to be the most haunted city in the United States), many buildings up for sale or for rent specify whether or not the unit is haunted. While the idea was originally used as a marketing tactic, some people take great comfort in knowing the history of the place they’re considering living in and whether or not supernatural activity has been reported in the past.

A Good Omen if you’re Selling Rather than Buying

There are also some common superstitions people tap into when putting their house up for sale. One of the most common things people do is bury a statue of St. Joseph upside down in their yard (it’s supposed to bring good luck when trying to entice potential buyers.) When the house does sell, the seller is supposed to dig up St. Joseph and display him in a place of pride in the garden as a way to thank him for his assistance.

Are there any home buying or selling superstitions you’ve heard of that aren’t mentioned here? Let us know in the comments!