Every house has a history, especially old or historic homes, but what if the house you’re trying to sell has a history that is a bit more…ghoulish than most? If you or your community believes a house is haunted, it can make selling a bit more difficult. However, there a several options for someone with a spooky property to sell. Just follow a few simple steps to get the haunted house off your hands. The first thing you will want to establish is if you are required to inform potential buyers of their future paranormal roommates. To answer that, you will want to consult your Williamson County Realtor® about your state’s disclosure laws. “Haunted houses fall into the category of stigmatized properties, said Victoria Reviel, 2018 President WCREALTORS®.
“Laws vary by state, so you may be required to inform buyers in writing of any possible problems.” Possible buyers will have questions, so disclose, disclose, disclose, before putting it on the market it’s a good idea to give potential buyers a heads up. “If your house is known around the community to be haunted, the spooks will eventually let the buyer know,” said Reviel. For example, when was the home built, have any famous or remarkable people lived there, have there been any noteworthy renovations, why is the home perceived to be haunted? You may have to do some research to get these and any other facts from your local historical society.
“It can create a lot of goodwill if can tell potential buyers to expect a couple of bumps in the night.” There is a chance that your haunted house may even be a positive selling point. “Strange as it may sound, there are people who would love to live in a haunted house,” said Reviel. A survey from realtor.com®, revealed that 62 percent of respondents would consider buying a haunted house. “You can work with a Williamson County Realtor® to tap into that market in your community, perhaps marketing to clubs or organizations with an interest in the supernatural.” But let’s face it, even if the home is perceived to be haunted you will still need to Scrub-a-dub-dub! Make sure the house is spotlessly clean. The baseboards, moldings, kitchens, bathrooms and window and sills should be especially cleaned. You can paint in places where it is necessary, but don’t paint over any original finishes in an older or historical home. “If ghosts and ghouls have generated interest in your property, but no offers you may need to entertain lowering the price. A bargain price might do the trick.” Happy Halloween!