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Can You Renovate During Ghost Month?

Short answer is yes, but only if it's unavoidable or you were in the middle of it already

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Just hearing the term “Ghost Month” is enough to scare so-so believers into following the do’s and don’ts related to it. Ghost Month, in its simplest terms, is the 7th month of the lunar calendar, wherein hungry ghosts come out and cause trouble for the living.

This year, Ghost Month falls between August 11 to September 9, with August 25 being the Hungry Ghost Festival, wherein offerings are given not just to a family’s ancestors and deceased relatives, but to all spirits. It is believed that as much as possible, you don’t have any major life changes, including no spending on lavish things, opening new businesses, or building or renovating your homes.

Postpone starting new chapters


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Princess Lim Fernandez, Feng Shui Expert of the Yin & Yang Shop of Harmony, states that during Ghost Month, “It is believed to be inauspicious to launch a new business, move house, move office, start a construction, start a renovation, get married, purchase a property, purchase a vehicle or generally start a new project.”

Consider pushing through if there are emergencies

But what about if something breaks or leaks? Princess says that urgent home repairs that cannot be avoided can still be addressed during Ghost Month. “For emergency repairs like pipes bursting and leaky roofs, of course, one has to be practical and have those fixed immediately. But as much as possible, it is best to get the job done quickly. If the repair will take quite some time, then the homeowners may consider temporarily moving out first,” she says.


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To differentiate between what is considered as cannot be avoided and what can wait, consider this: If something is posing as a danger to you or your family’s health or it can affect the quality of your life, like the lack of a functioning light in the bedroom or a leaky bathroom sink, then please don’t hesitate to repair it. Adding pieces of furniture or changing your flooring? You can live without doing these for a few more days—until Ghost Month is over.

Finish the project if you're already in the middle of it

But what if you were in the middle of decorating your home and it has spilled over to the Ghost Month? Do you drop the hammer, your interior dreams and wait? “If the home repairs and renovations were already started before the ghost month, then it is okay to continue with the work. But in general, for this 2018 year of the Earth Dog, it is best to avoid major repair works in the North and Northwest areas of the home,” says Princess.

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When it comes to renovating your home during Ghost Month, it’s best to step back and pause to survey the work you’re currently doing. If it’s something that you started prior to Ghost Month, then it’s alright to continue with the work. If an emergency comes up that affects your day-to-day activities, address it as soon as you can. But if it’s something that you can live without doing as of the moment, waiting until September 10 hits won’t hurt—unless you want to take the risk and push through with it.

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To contact Princess for a consultation, you may reach her at Yin & Yang Shop of Harmony, Shoppes at the Lagoon, New World Makati Hotel, Esperanza Street corner Makati Avenue, Makati City. You may also call tel. no. (02) 752-5882 or visit www.yinandyangshopofharmony.com.

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