Brett Hodgdon, PE
Is Your House Haunted?
Spooky, scary tales of haunted houses are fun for Halloween. But, what about when it's your own home? Would you want to live in a haunted house?
If you're curious whether or not there may be some extra spiritual guests overstaying their welcome in your home, you can do some research to find out.
Some states require sellers to disclose if there was a death in a house up for sale. But, in most cases, there is no legal obligation requiring the sellers disclose it if it was a peaceful death, according to Realtor.com.
However, there are exceptions - like in California, it's required for sellers to disclose any death (peaceful or otherwise) if it's within the last three years.
Violent or prolific deaths are more likely to be disclosed, as they can stigmatize the property and affect the home's value. For example, think about Lizzie Borden's house in Fall River, Massachusetts or the Amityville Horror House in Amityville, New York.
West Virginia, though, does not have any specific language regarding disclosing this information to buyers. But if a buyer asks, it's in your best interest to disclose it, according to Zillow.
Would you live in a haunted house?