Guides, Home & Living’s Halloween Specials: How to spot a haunted house before you buy/rent

October 26, 2016
Before buying, check thoroughly so that you don't be the owner of a haunted house

Before buying/renting, check thoroughly so that you don’t be the owner of a haunted house

Ghosts and ghouls might be perfectly alright when they’re on-screen, or in someone else’s home – not so much if they end up being your roommates.

Here’s a few tips and tricks to recognising a haunted home, so you can avoid moving into one!

  1. If the price is too good to be true

If the house you’re looking at is priced so outrageously low that it seems too good to be true…it probably is.

Whether it’s a ghost (or some truly awful neighbours), it’s probably best to give it a miss.

2. If the neighbours seem particularly awkward around you


Are the neighbours avoiding eye contact? Are they giving you non-committal answers when you ask them about the place?

There might be more this than just bad manners.

Ask them flat out if they’ve heard of any strange goings-on in the house; if they start talking about the weather, make a run for it!

3. If it’s got a creepy history


Ghosts aren’t particularly avid travellers. Watch a few episodes of Haunted Homes and you’ll catch on that most ghosts choose to haunt the homes that they passed away in.

That’s why a quick Google search of the home you’re thinking of moving into is absolutely essential.

If the house has been the scene of any murders, suicides, or other type of violent accident or event, chances are there are some souls in the house who have not departed…and you should steer clear of!

If Google doesn’t turn up anything, try out – it lets you check if anyone’s died in a particular house – just to be safe.

4. If something just doesn’t “feel right”


Do you feel a sudden chill in the air when you walk into the house?  Is your stomach doing flip-flops (and not the fun, you’re just crazy-in-love kind)? Do you have an overwhelming feeling of wanting to get out of the house as soon as possible?

Don’t be too quick to write it off as nothing.

If horror movies have taught us anything, these are sure signs of a spirit infestation – so follow your gut and get out of there!

5. If the house has had many owners who didn’t stay too long


Another red flag is if the home has had a long string of occupants, all of whom didn’t stay very long.

Call it herd mentality if you want, but if I see people running away from something…I’m going to be right there behind them (and you should too)!

6. If the house has an overwhelming amount of religious paraphernalia


If the house you’re looking at has crosses hung all over the house, or just a touch too many religious paraphernalia lying around the home, it might be worth questioning why that’s the case.

It might be nothing but plain old religious enthusiasm – or it might be an attempt to keep some undesirable beings under control.

I wouldn’t wait to find out if I were you.

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