10 Top Tips For Living In a Haunted House

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Only two days left until Halloween and if you have ever considered living in a haunted house you should read these tips…I especially like tips #8, 9 and 10 because you will definitely need my help 🙂

From By Shannon Petrie, FrontDoor.com

#1: Don’t Panic
It may be easier said than done, but the best thing you can do when dealing with a potentially haunted property is to keep your fear in check, says Jack Roth, a field researcher for the American Institute of Parapsychology who has logged hundreds of hours investigating the paranormal over the last 10 years.

Living in a haunted house can come with a wide range of issues, but many homeowners report similar experiences: items going missing, faucets turning on and off for no reason, hearing unexplained footsteps and other noises, or just feeling a strange presence in the home. While these sensations can certainly be spine chilling, Roth says there’s usually nothing to be afraid of. Many times, there’s a natural explanation — for instance, noises could be caused by the house settling, plumbing or an infestation of mice or other vermin. But even in the case of a genuine haunting, it’s often possible to coexist with the energies or entities in the home if you can replace your fear with curiosity, Roth says.

“We live in a very strange world with a lot of mystery,” Roth says. “So it behooves us to — instead of being fearful — to try to know more about what might be going on around us.

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Scour old newspapers to learn about your home’s history and possible hauntings.

#2: Do Your ResearchMany times, the scariest part of living in a haunted house is the unknown — feeling a presence in the home but not knowing who or what it is. One of the simplest things you can do to ease your mind is to explore your home’s background and possibly put a name to your ghost. Try researching your home’s history and former occupants to see if anything sounds like the makings of a possible haunting. Property records can tell you basic information on the home, but if you want to find out if there was a death or a crime committed there, you may need to speak to neighbors, read old articles from local newspapers or search online.”I think once you know, and once you obtain the knowledge of what might be happening, you’re going to feel a lot better,” Roth says.

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#3: Be Objective

Scott Flagg, a paranormal expert who has researched more than 100 cases of alleged ghosts, hauntings and poltergeists around the world, says one problem that often develops with haunted house owners is that after a legitimate supernatural experience, the line begins to blur between paranormal and just…well, normal.

“Every time the light bulb burns out or they hear a strange noise at night, they attribute that to the belief system they’ve developed, and it sort of contaminates their objectivity and can be problematic,” he says.

When strange occurrences start happening in a home, family members often blame one another, which causes stress in the household, Roth says. The stress itself is negative energy that can feed off of the other energies in the home, creating a situation that might be even worse. Once again, it’s important not to panic every time something unexplained happens in your home. Instead, dig a little deeper to try to find an explanation for what you’re experiencing — paranormal or otherwise.

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#4: Keep a Journal

Documentation is key when dealing with paranormal activity, says Melody Bussey, a highly trained sensitive who has been using her skills in the paranormal field for a decade. If you think your house is haunted, there are going to be skeptics — quite possibly yourself — so the more evidence you can gather of your ghost’s existence, the better. Bussey recommends buying a notebook — or even one notebook for every room where you’ve noticed paranormal activity — and writing down every unusual occurrence.

“This serves two purposes: One is it’s going to provide a track record, and you can maybe start seeing patterns,” Bussey says. “It’s also going to keep you from panicking because it’s very hard to panic when you’re actually writing something down in a notebook.”

Be as detailed as possible in your journal, including dates, times and thorough descriptions of the activity. If you’ve noticed unexplained noises or sights in your home, you might want to try to capture them with an audio recorder or video camera as well. If you eventually decide to contact a paranormal expert, this documented activity will be extremely helpful in his or her investigation.

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#5: Call in the Ghostbusters

Bussey says after about a month of recorded activity, it’s time to contact a reputable paranormal investigator. With the help of your notes, he or she can begin to uncover your home’s mysteries.

The investigator will likely start by interviewing you. Not only does this give him a feel for what you’ve seen and heard throughout your home, but it also helps him rule out any natural causes for the unexplained activity. For instance, if you notice strange noises at the same times every day, you may just be hearing a furnace kicking in or a train passing nearby. If natural causes are ruled out, the investigation team will explore your home — possibly over several sessions — with cameras, audio recorders and other equipment. The team will then analyze the data and report back to you. Whether paranormal activity is found or not, this should provide you with some insight on the strange occurrences.

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#6: Try to Coexist

If a paranormal expert backs up your belief that your house is haunted, it’s time to decide whether you feel comfortable staying in a home with ghostly activity. As long as the haunting is benevolent — and they usually are — Roth recommends living with the ghost.

“They either have something to do with the property in the past — they either owned the property or something happened there with them,” Roth says. “And many times you can help them to make their transition to where they really need to be.”

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#7: Acknowledge the Ghost

Nine out of 10 hauntings are benign, Bussey says. The ghosts were nice people in life and are nice people in death, and they just want you to know they’re there.

“They want someone to acknowledge their presence, but you totally have control over that, and I think that’s the thing most people don’t realize,” Bussey says. “You can tell them to go. I don’t know why it is — there must be some kind of universal law they have to go. You have to tell them not to come back, otherwise they will.”

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#8: If You Can’t Coexist, Consider Moving

While most ghosts are perfectly pleasant, others are a bit more sinister. Roth thinks it’s usually possible to coexist with spirits, but if you sense a malevolent presence in your home — something that might have a bone to pick with whatever happened in its lifetime — it may be time to find a new place to live.

“I think it’s time to move out of a home when it begins to scare somebody in the home, especially the children,” he says.

Even if a ghost doesn’t pose a threat to you or your family, some people may still choose to move on.

“For some people, it’s unnerving, it interferes with their family, with their lives, and it’s detrimental to them,” Flagg says. “It may have them questioning things that are beyond the scope that anyone can really answer. So I think it’s a personal choice.”

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#9: Know the Law

If you decide to sell your home, you may have to reveal its spooky nature to potential buyers — depending on where you live. Some states require sellers to disclose any type of ghostly activity, while others insist that only physical, structural attributes or defects of a home need to be disclosed. In many states, sellers only need to reveal whether a house is haunted if the buyer specifically requests that information. Talk to your real estate agent to learn more about your state’s laws.

Even if your state laws allow you to say nothing about a possible haunting, Roth thinks revealing this information is the right thing to do.

“I think it’s only fair to the potential buyer that they know what’s going on in the house,” he says. “And if it’s something that is potentially a problem, it needs to be revealed.”

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#10: Appeal to Homebuyers

Selling a home with a spooky reputation is certainly not easy. According to a 2000 study from Wright State University, stigmatized properties, or properties that were the scene of a gruesome crime or home to a notorious criminal, stay on the market 45 percent longer than comparable homes. As a result, sellers often have to take steps to make these homes more appealing to buyers. The former owners of the recently sold Amityville Horror House, for instance, extensively remodeled the infamous residence and even changed its address from 112 Ocean Ave. to 108 Ocean Ave. If you don’t want to go quite that far, at the very least, you should slash the price of your home significantly lower than the competition.

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