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How to Sell a Haunted House?

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Do you think your home might be haunted? Does it feel unusually cold at night? You may have a malevolent spirit lurking about.

It could be a Poltergeist, Lost Soul, Kobold, Bhoot, Churel, or Bogle living with you. People may avoid your house due to the rumours surrounding it being a creepy place.

Some homeowners may find the presence of a resident ghost quite welcoming. Having a haunted house can be seen as an advantage rather than a downside.

It adds a sense of intrigue, fascination and a story to the house. When purchasing a house with a long past, a ghost may be included in the package. 

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How to sell a haunted house?

Property with a spooky past can be a real challenge when it comes to selling. According to research done by Move with Us, a network of independent estate agents, it can result in a 20% drop in the price and be twice as difficult to sell.

83% of estate agents surveyed reported that a home with a noticeable past can lose 11-20% of its value.

This includes properties built on top of graveyards, former crime scenes, or, as mentioned, homes rumoured to be haunted.

Selling a home with a spooky history can be a daunting task for homeowners. To make matters worse, it can be twice as hard to find a buyer, and the property’s price can drop by as much as 20%.

Tips for selling a haunted house

If you’re looking to offload your home, but it’s haunted and you’re concerned this could put potential buyers off, then here are a few tricks to help you out.

These tips can help you sell your haunted house with ease. Best of luck!

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Check for squeaking floorboards or doors, drafts of air coming from windows or doors, and any strange noises coming from your pipes.

1. Check if your home is haunted first

Is something strange going on in your neighbourhood? Before you go calling anyone, like the Ghostbusters, it’s a good idea to figure out if your house is haunted.

Check for squeaking floorboards or doors, drafts of air coming from windows or doors, and any strange noises coming from your pipes.

Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, too, as sleep deprivation can cause delirium and hallucinations. Consider any logical explanations for any activity that could be interpreted as paranormal.

We’re not trying to doubt that your house is haunted – simply suggesting that you eliminate all rational possibilities first. If you’re certain that your house is haunted, then you can go ahead and call the Ghostbusters.

UK Anglican dioceses have specialist teams of exorcists to deal with unruly ghouls. Doing your research and exploring the world of exorcism can be a daunting task.

2. Just let the buyers know upfront

Why not just not mention the fact that your house is haunted? Most people don’t believe in ghosts anyway, right? So why say anything?

There are sceptics out there who think that ghosts are just figments of the imagination and that they don’t exist. So again, why mention the fact that the house is haunted?

Looking into the legal obligations when it comes to selling a haunted house, it appears that there is no direct law stating that paranormal or haunted presences must be mentioned. However, you cannot legally mislead or give false statements regarding the sale of your property.

The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations (which replaced the Property Misdescription Act 1991) states that there is a general duty to avoid making false or misleading statements.

This means that if a buyer enquires about whether there has been any paranormal activity or asks if you believe the house is haunted, you would be obligated to say yes if you believe that it is.

If you are aware of the house being haunted, and you give the buyer a misleading answer, and they buy it, then you have knowingly misrepresented your property – although it might be difficult to prove you knew it was haunted in the first place.

It is worth mentioning that the NAEA requires estate agents to declare ‘anything that has occurred at the property that would affect the transactional decision of the average buyer’.

This does not directly mention ghosts, but they do need to disclose any suicides or murders that have taken place in the house at some point in history.

Not mentioning a house is haunted has not yet landed anyone in the UK in legal issues to date. However, in the USA, this is viewed very differently.

In a famous case of Stambovsky v Ackley in 1991, it was established that the owner had not mentioned the house was haunted, and so the sale was rescinded – even though the house was on a ghost tour of the neighbourhood and its poltergeists were well-known.

3. We need to make the property look less spooky.

It is essential to keep your property neat, regardless of whether it is haunted or not, as this could put off potential buyers.

Make sure each room is free from clutter, as this will make it seem larger, and it will be easier for buyers to visualise living in your home. It is advisable to pack away any unusual items such as shrunken heads, bottled specimens, stuffed animals, and China dolls.

The stereotype of a haunted house is that it is dark and eerie. To avoid this, make your house as bright and airy as possible by opening the curtains and removing any items that are obstructing the light, such as vases or photo frames.

It is important to fix any potential signs of paranormal activity, such as creaky floorboards, dripping taps, and drafts, and make sure the property is sufficiently heated.

A spooky looking house
It is essential to keep your property neat, regardless of whether it is haunted or not, as this could put off potential buyers.

4. Sell to a quick house buying company

Do you want to sell your house but are worried that its haunting may scare off potential buyers? If so, look to a ‘sell your house fast‘ company such as ours. We can purchase your haunted home for cash in as little as 10 days, regardless of how many ghosts reside there.

We will buy any house, in any condition, at a time scale that best suits you.

The benefit of a company like Property Saviour is we use our funds and don’t rely on mortgages or investors, meaning you can sell your house fast without fear of any property chain breaking down due to a ghost scaring off the buyer.

So, if you have a house anywhere in the UK that isn’t selling because of its haunting, contact Property Saviour. We will buy your house, ghosts and all, for cash fast.

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