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3 Things you absolutely must do if your house is haunted and the one thing you shouldn't

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Think you're living in a haunted house? We'll help you find out and deal with the ghost making your home their life-after-death nest. 

So you have a ghost living in your house. Congratulations! First, that means your house is way cooler than your next door neighbor's, and second, you should have some awesome ghost stories for your Halloween party. But really -- what do you do with a ghost "living" inside your house? We have a few suggestions.

#1 - Make sure you actually have a ghost 

Are you 100 percent sure your house is haunted? While a Realtor.com 2018 study found that 2 in every 5 people believe they have lived in a haunted house, your ghostly happenings could be signaling that you need to complete some necessary DIY projects - if you are haunt-free, that is.

Lights flickering on and off? Don’t assume it’s due to a ghost. It could easily be loose or insecure wiring in a fixture, which is a leading cause of house fires. Check the fixture that’s blinking (only after shutting off the circuit breaker), and also inspect the breaker box for worn connectors and the main electrical panel for loose service conductors. When in doubt, consult an electrician. You can also find additional electrical safety tips in the vipHomeLink app.

Getting paranormal scents in your home? These range from stenches like rotten eggs, sulfur, and mildew to pleasant aromas like perfume or fruit. If your paranormal smells are more rotten than pleasant, look around for evidence of tiny intruders, such as droppings, gnawed holes, oily rub marks, and food crumbs. A rotten smell can be an indication of the unfortunate demise of a mouse or squirrel in your wall, stairwell railing, pipe, etc. If you're routinely smelling a mildew scent, try using a dehumidifier.

Cold drafts in your home? That could be a ghost -- or it could be that your furnace's burner isn't lit. It could also mean your unit's air filter is blocked. Complete a quick inspection yourself, or hire a professional. This is also a great idea if you haven't completed your annual winter home maintenance, which can help you save money on your energy bill. 

#2 - Record your ghost sightings  

Not all ghosts can be tracked on camera -- with the exception of Disneyland, it seems -- so you might have better luck keeping a running record. Determine if there's any regularity to your ghost sightings or if anything you do specifically conjures your ghost. This information can help you find who your ghost was in their previous life and why they decided to make your home their haunting ground. Use vipHomeLink's Journal section to document your findings in a social media-like format for quick reference during the next step.

 #3 - Research your home 

Do you know anything about the house other than it has four bedrooms, two baths, and one amazing kitchen? Your home's earlier years may hold clues to your ghostly companion. If you learn of your ghost before closing on your house, ask your real estate agent. Though not legally obligated in most states to disclose if someone passed away peacefully in a home, Realtor.com says real estate agents are required by law to tell the truth or they can face legal repercussions. Some states, such as California, require real estate agents to disclose if someone died on the property, regardless of circumstances, within three years. Violent deaths, such as murder or suicide, are categorized as events and must be disclosed before closing in most (but not all) states.

If you're already in your home, decide if this is something you want to know. If so, google your address for more information, or visit the local library for the town's history. That might help you find out more about your ghost and also come in handy if you intend to sell your house in the future.

The one thing you should absolutely not do - Get rid of your ghost 

According to Realtor.com, just under half of all homeowners (44 percent) suspected or were fully aware they were moving into a haunted house. Another third said they would buy a haunted house if it had a lower price, a bigger kitchen, or was located in a better neighborhood. (Of course, this means you'll have expectations to fulfill as the neighborhood's resident haunted house.) Another 18 percent said they didn't even need perks to buy a haunted house.

Then again, 49 percent of home buyers said, "Nothing can make me buy [a haunted house]," but maybe they just haven't gotten a look at that kitchen yet. (It has a breakfast nook!)

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