Whether you are a skeptic or a believer, some properties seem to have more occurrences of odd and unexplained activity. Strange noises, voices, flickering lights, moving objects, and sightings of the paranormal would normally drive people away. However, others don’t scare so easily. If you are interested in haunted real estate, here are 5 tips for those brave enough to buy ghost houses.
5 Tips for Brave Souls Buying Ghost Houses
Although you usually will have some surprises when you buy a new home, you may get more than you bargained for with ghost houses. If you are looking for a home with a colorful history, here are a few things to consider before you close.
1. Learn about disclosure laws.
The laws on disclosure vary between different states and municipalities. Sometimes you will get the full history; other times you will only have what is on public record.
Unfortunately, many real estate listing contracts don’t include questions or clauses concerning paranormal activity. While some states require disclosure of deaths that occurred in the house, many more don’t require sellers to disclose any nonmaterial facts about the property. So if you have questions about disclosure laws where you live, it’s a good idea to contact a real estate attorney to learn more.
2. Don’t be afraid to dig up the past.
Don’t be surprised if some owners and realtors are hesitant to discuss a property’s sordid or tragic past. However, in some states, it is legally mandated.
Either way, the best place to start is with the current owners or real estate agent. But if they aren’t very knowledgeable or forthcoming with information, don’t be afraid to dig into the property’s past. The deed history provides plenty of information including names of previous owners, the number of times it sold, and the history of land usage.
You can also go online and search for the address. You may find news stories or public records from anyone who died in the house. When it comes to buying ghost houses, you want to know what you’re getting into before you buy.
3. Talk to the neighbors.
Talking to the neighbors can also be very revealing. Not only will you learn more about the neighborhood you may move into, but you might also find out more about a particular house and its owners.
You can be subtle and stick to questions about their observations of the house and neighborhood. However, you may learn more about the history if you are direct. Keep in mind that people may be reluctant to talk about the paranormal. But, others may tell you everything you want to know.
4. Consider a cleansing ceremony.
Although many people who have lived in haunted houses didn’t feel threatened, others have had frightening experiences. If this is the case, then it may be time to consider performing a cleansing ceremony before moving in.
While there is a wide range of contrary opinions on the subject, there are many religious and spiritual practitioners out there who can help rid your home of unwanted or vengeful spirits. In the worst-case scenario, it’s a waste of your time and money. But if the house is truly haunted, these ceremonies can clear spaces of negative energies and restore peace in your home.
5. Decide if this is the right home for you.
Buying a house will be the largest purchase you ever make. Therefore, you should carefully consider all aspects of a home before you buy, especially if it already has other ghostly inhabitants.
Whether you believe in spirits or not, take time to look at all the pros and cons to decide if the house is right for you.