How to Tell if your House is Haunted

How to Tell if your House is Haunted

Mysterious sights and sounds

Clearly we have a fascination with haunted houses in this country, but professional ghost hunter Greg Newkirk doesn’t think most of them are so scary. Instead, he says, “I think they’re trying to send us a message.” Newkirk, who has appeared as an expert on TV shows such as TLC’s Kindred Spirits, Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum, and Destination America’s Paranormal Lockdown, has practically seen it all, and only very rarely finds himself truly spooked. He says most hauntings aren’t evil—only misunderstood. “I think a lot of the classic signs that people run into are mysterious noises that seem to come from places they can’t locate, a lot of bumping and scratching on walls, seeing full-bodied apparitions, and things moving from place to place when you’ve not touched them.” Of course, anyone who has seen a horror movie or a ghost show probably already knows this. What you might not know, however, is that what you call “a haunting” may not be the real deal. Newkirk has been called to houses where the causes of these phenomena have actually been carbon monoxide poisoning which caused people to hallucinate. Mold too, can cause the same reaction. For houses with legitimate ghosts, there are more telling signs that your house is haunted. These are the 20 best haunted houses in America.

5. Unexplained Smells

Many people believe that a powerful sign of a ghostly presence is a familiar, but out-of-place scent – maybe the smell of cigarette smoke where no one has been smoking or the smell of perfume after everyone has left the building. It can be very disconcerting to recognize a scent that makes no sense in context, but could it actually be coming from outside of your building? Utilize an inspection system to ensure your ventilation system is functioning properly and that your air filters are regularly replaced, as air, particles and scents from the outside world could be making their way in. If you’ve found that the ventilation isn’t to blame, inspect your facility for mold, as dark, warm areas can often be the culprit. 

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You Have Random Cold Spots in Your House

Before you panic, if your house is older, you may simply have some drafts. But, if you have a spot that won’t heat up, no matter how hard you try to heat it, you might have a visitor! Here’s the how-to for stopping drafts around entry doors.

You Hear Mysterious Voices, Wailing, Etc

If you hear strange voices in your house, first, be sure it’s not your neighbors. If you know that it’s not, it might be time to call in an expert.

Here are some ways to soundproof your house to ensure the noises aren’t coming from outside!

3. Lights flickering on and off

One of the most common signs of a paranormal presence that we often see in horror films is lights flickering on and off. Because some believe spirits can manipulate electricity and energy, a flickering light could be a sign that a ghost is trying to communicate with you. However, it may be more likely that you have some defective bulbs that need replacing. Before you invest in a night vision camera hoping to see ghosts wandering your halls, make sure you replace your light bulbs and ensure they’re screwed in tightly.

Personality change

When we think about possession, our minds immediately go to demons, demons, demons. Ghost hunter Newkirk says that more often than not, demonic possession and even a demonic presence is not behind whatever it is you’re experiencing. A “normal” ghost can possess you too. The tip-off is if someone you know is acting extremely strange all of a sudden. “We see cases of possession or influence by a spirit all the time,” he says. “If you start to notice someone has taken on a pretty distinct personality change, that can be a sign of that.” These chilling real-life ghost stories will make you believe!

Can I Sue Someone For Selling Me a Haunted House?

If you find out that you were sold a haunted house, it might be possible to file a lawsuit against the seller. However, you will need to live in a state where there is a legal requirement to tell people about any stigmatized events that may have occurred within the home—and that can include deaths or reported hauntings. 

In most cases, you may also have to prove that you asked about this home’s history to the seller or real estate agent. With that said, the chances of being able to win this are slim, and there are a lot of hurdles you may have to overcome.   

10. Lights Flickering

This is arguably the most noticeable sign of a haunted home. It is heavily featured in horror films and spooky stories. If you have checked your fuse box or even called an electrician then there is only one explanation for flickering lights…

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Are you looking to sell your home and move somewhere more suited to your needs? Contact your local Guild Member today to get the ball rolling.

7. When In Doubt, Listen To The Dog

Dogs are known for their keen hearing and sense of smell. They can detect far more than humans, so are the perfect sidekick when ghostly occurrences happen in your home. If your canine is barking when no one is at the front door, whimpering at thin air or staring into blank spaces then your best friend on four legs might be trying to tell you something…

How To Find Out If Your House Is Haunted Online

If you think your house might be haunted, you can quickly find out if someone died in your house online. Several websites exist that allow you to get the complete records for a small fee. One thing you need to be aware of is that getting the full record of deaths in the home isn’t always possible. Sometimes, a house is too old, and records from the 19th century weren’t always reliable. 

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  • Yaeger L.

Sep 10, 2016

    Yaeger L. Sep 10, 2016

    “Just the facts, ma’am.I choose not to believe in ghosts, unfortunately ghosts don’t care if you believe or not. I found this a fun and informative article. It is possible to get a “clean” home but it takes more than lighting a candle or sprinkling salt.” …” more

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