How To Sell A Haunted House

How to sell a haunted house

The truth of the matter is that it can be very difficult to sell a haunted house. Buyers can be superstitious and they don’t want to end up living in a home that is overrun with ghosts. Real estate agents from Move With Us have reported that homes deemed as ‘haunted’ can be twice as hard to sell, and prices may need to be dropped by as much as 20%, depending on the rumours involved.

In this article, we’ll provide you with a step-by-step guide that tells you how to sell a haunted house. We’ll also discuss the legalities involved, provide advice on how to get your house ready, and answer some of your most frequently asked questions about this topic.

Step-By-Step Guide To Sell A Haunted House

If you are certain that your house is truly haunted, here are the steps that you can take to sell your family home.

Step #1: Find a real estate agent you trust

Finding the right real estate agent is very important if you want the sale of your house to be successful. You want to choose someone charming, tactful, experienced, and who knows how to sell a haunted house. Ask around for recommendations and look at reviews online.

Step #2: Get the house ready for sale

Now it’s time to get your house ready for sale. Depending on the state of your home, this could be as simple as new paint. However, you may want to invest in minor renovations if you want to attract quality buyers.

You might also want to take this opportunity to make your house look ‘less creepy’ by modernising it and removing any old furnishings.

Step #3: Call in a paranormal investigator

If you feel as though the ghosts in your house are going to scare off any potential buyers the minute they step through the front door, you may want to call in a paranormal investigator. These professionals, also known as ‘ghost hunters’, can communicate with the spirits in your home and perhaps even get rid of them.

Paranormal investigators use specialised equipment, such as spirit boxes, EMF meters, and infrared cameras, to determine the presence of ghosts and can speak to them on your behalf.

Step #4: Put any rumours to rest

It’s very easy for rumours about a haunted house to spin out of control, especially once your house first hits the market. If you don’t want to deal with constant questions, it may be a good idea to make a public statement addressing these rumours.

Step #5: Only aim at serious buyers

If you have put your haunted house up for sale, you may attract a variety of people who want to view the house simply for curiosity’s sake. This may waste your time and fuel rumours amongst the local residents. This is why it is essential that your real estate agent only shows the house to serious buyers. Making buyers provide proof of funds should be enough to fix the issues.

The Legalities Of Selling A Haunted House

Depending on where you live, you may be legally required to disclose the presence of any paranormal activity in your home when you are looking to sell. This is especially true if you have ever publicly claimed your house is haunted.

As a seller, you have the legal responsibility to disclose details about the home’s history. This includes making it known if any deaths ever occurred in the house. You’ll also need to outline any background stories accompanying the home, and whether or not it has been built on a grave site.

If a buyer finds out these sorts of facts after the sale has already gone through, there could be serious trouble! It’s better to lay it all out on the table from the beginning if you don’t want to deal with any legal issues, always drawing a clear line between fact and fiction.

It is essential that you do not speak flippantly about the potential of paranormal activity in your home. One comment to a neighbour about ghosts living in your house can turn into a rumour that may have legal complications. So, be careful about what you say and who you say it to.

Remember To Rule Out Logical Explanations

According to a survey carried out by The Mirror, one in five Brits believe that their family home is haunted in some way or another. So, if you feel as though you are living amongst ghostly entities, you are certainly not alone.

However, before you start jumping to paranormal conclusions and saying that you live in a haunted house, it’s important that you rule out any logical explanations. Strange noises in your home could be caused by the following:

  • Dripping taps
  • Squeaky hinges
  • Creaking floorboards
  • Outdated geysers

Your house could also have a ‘creepy’ look to it if you have overgrown bushes, fading paint, not enough light sources, and strange smells. Take care of your home’s maintenance needs before you begin blaming anything on ghosts.

Alternative Solution: Sell Your Home To A Paranormal Enthusiast

If your home has an infamous reputation for being haunted, you may find that it will be very hard to sell on the ‘regular’ market. Instead of trying to make your house ‘less creepy’, you could leave it as is and try to market your home toward paranormal enthusiasts.

While a haunted family home can be difficult to sell, properties like pubs, country clubs, and hotels can actually see an increase in value if they have an interesting backstory. It all depends on the specific situation, but chances are that you may find a buyer within the paranormal community.

The BooKey app says that ‘Buyers don’t want a house; they want a home with character, even if that character is a little spooky.

FAQs

How do I know if my home is haunted?

In most cases, you’ll just know if your home is haunted. Your instincts will tell you if your house is occupied by any otherworldly entities. However, if you are unsure, you should first rule out any logical explanations before trying to speak to your resident spirits using a Ouija board or any other type of divination equipment.

Should I attempt to get rid of the ghosts on my own?

If you don’t have any experience as a ghost hunter, it may not be a good idea for you to try to get rid of the ghosts in your haunted house on your own. The spirits may put up some resistance and may attempt to scare you. If you want to deal with ghosts in your home, you should call professional ghost hunters.

Is it dangerous to live in a haunted house?

While no scientific evidence proves that ghosts can physically harm you, living in a haunted property can definitely be uncomfortable. You may battle to sleep at night and, over time, the constant presence of ghosts can take a toll on your mental health. You may feel scared to be at home alone and there is the chance of paranoia setting in.

What do I do if I have been sold a haunted property?

If you feel as though your recently bought family home is haunted, the first thing you should do is look for a logical explanation. If you have children, you should ease their fears and not leave them alone at night. The next course of action to take is to contact the buyer and take it from there. Legally, they should have disclosed the fact that the home is haunted.

Final Thoughts

The presence of ghosts can make it difficult, and in some cases downright impossible, to sell your family home. We trust that this article has provided you with practical guidance on how to sell a haunted house, but if you still have questions you should speak to a professional real estate agent. This issue is far more common than you may think!

Sam Ashford
Sam Ashford - Author

Hey, I'm Sam Ashford! I'm a ghost-hunting expert, writer and founder of SpiritShack. My mission is to help people like yourself learn about spirituality and how to hunt ghosts!