There is a common thread that runs through just about every haunted house horror movie: a family moving into a new home.

We easily relate to these characters because, face it, moving is scary.

People who move are undergoing a major life transition, and whether it is for positive or negative reasons there is a certain fear that accompanies the unknown. But what if that new home you move into actually is haunted?

SpareFoot conducted a survey in 2016 that found 7% of Americans have moved or considered moving because their house was haunted. Los Angeles residents were exceptionally spooked, with 10 percent saying they have moved because of otherworldly disturbances.

So what makes a house haunted? People who claim to have lived in a haunted house report dealing with all kinds of paranormal activity. Most commonly evidence of a haunting include:

  • Unexplainable cold spots in the home
  • Strange noises in the middle of the night
  • Objects falling over or moved out place
  • Electronic disturbances such as flickering lights
  • Pets acting in a distressed manner for no apparent reason
  • Night terrors

Of course, all of these events on their own often have a completely rational explanation. There could be wiring issues or drafts in an older Victorian houses for example. Stress from moving could also cause you to be on edge and perceive your surroundings in an altered way. You could also be a subject of a prank. Or, just maybe, you actually are being visited by an unwanted guest from beyond.

Avoid Moving into a Haunted House

Whether or not you believe in ghosts (42 percent of Americans do believe!), you should know that, generally speaking, Realtors are required to tell you if the home you are buying has a reputation for being haunted.

This is primarily due to the Stambovsky v Ackley ruling, commonly known as the Ghostbusters ruling. In this case the seller had previously publicized that their house was haunted in magazine stories, but they and their real estate agent did not tell the buyer. The buyer found out about the haunted reputation after the sale, and was able to reverse the transaction because of the non-disclosure.

So if you’re worried about living in a haunted house, just ask the seller’s agent if its haunted. They have an obligation to tell the truth! As far as whether or a not a murder or suicide took place on the property, that is another story. Different states have different laws on the matter, so be sure to do your research.

Getting Rid of Ghosts

If you do find yourself living in a haunted house, you could always attempt to purge the spirits. Start by simply asking the ghosts or spirits to leave. You can also use a smudging stick to cleanse the home of negative energy. Avoid using Ouija boards or Tarot cards, as some say these could be used as gateways for malevolent spirits who want to inhabit your home.

Research the previous owners over the years to try and determine if perhaps there is some unfinished business that you might help to resolve that will help them move on. Finally as a last resort, you may need to contact a psychic or other spiritual advisor to conduct a seance in your dining room.

And remember you might not be dealing with a haunted house at all, but rather a haunted object. If that’s the case you may need to stick it in self-storage until you can figure out what to do with it!

Facts About Haunted Houses

We compiled our facts and figures about haunted houses into the spine-tingling infographic below. Read on if you dare!

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