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Do You Know the History of Your House?

Posted by on Oct. 26, 2015 at 10:03 PM
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New Website Might Reveal Your House's Spooky Past

spooky haunted houseYou know how people selling their house have to disclose whether it has lead paint? Or a noxious mold problem? Well, what they DON'T always have to fess up about is whether or not a grisly crime was committed within the walls. But now, a new start-up called DiedInHoused claims to spill any (spooky) beans.

There's a clever, not creepy, beginning to this story. On a whim, DiedInHouse's founder decided to do a Google search to see if anyone ever died in his rental property. The results led him to believe lots of OTHER people were curious about the same thing. So two years ago, he launched the business.

It sounds pretty simple to use  -- although we're guessing that there's a risk of serious emotional fallout and relocation once you get the results.

For $11.99, you pop in a specific address and learn if anyone ever died at that property. It will supposedly even tell you the cause. So far, 4.5 million houses are in DiedInHouse's database -- and ALL are the sites of confirmed deaths.

Now let's be realistic about this. If you're buying a very old home, it's quite possible that someone died of natural causes in one of its rooms. That doesn't mean he or she is necessarily haunting your hallways or making your TV go all scratchy.

But in ANY home, what's probably more likely than a poltergeist is the ick/bad mojo factor.

Remember the Missouri woman last year who was watching a TV documentary on serial killers, then recognized HER house used to belong to one of them? Her landlord (the killer's mother) had sort of forgotten to mention that as many as 20 women were murdered in the basement.

Which would kinda be a deal breaker for most people, we reckon.

According to Bloomberg Business, these "stigmatized" homes sell for a 10 to 15 percent discount. We think that's probably NOT enough -- and that maybe the home should just be razed to the ground, and a lovely park be built instead. No matter how many coats of paint you apply or how many lovely kitchen upgrades you put in, a murder house is a murder house.

DiedInHouse makes sense if you've got a chilling feeling that there are REAL skeletons in your closet. (Although we haven't tried the site and so we can't vouch that it'll give you valid info.) Home is where the heart is, yes, but hopefully not "where the heart stopped beating in a very gruesome way."

Do you know the history of your house?

by on Oct. 26, 2015 at 10:03 PM
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by on Oct. 27, 2015 at 9:23 AM
Unfortunately the most I know is that it was built in the 80's. (townhouse complex) but now that its been brought up I deff want to see if there is any cool interesting facts about this place. Sometimes I feel like there is another being in our house besides just us 3. Time to do research! 😊😉
by Bronze Member on Oct. 27, 2015 at 10:44 AM
We built our current house so the history is pretty boring, but my in laws' home was built in the early 1800s so that one could be interesting.
by Gold Member on Oct. 27, 2015 at 11:00 AM

 Yes - my house was a model home for a new development in 2005 - bought by an older couple, the wife died in 2009  (in paliative care, not in the house) the house went up for sale in 2010 and I bought it. The End.

by Member on Oct. 27, 2015 at 5:52 PM

No I don't but will check out the site :)

by Member on Oct. 29, 2015 at 11:04 AM

When dad bought this place back in 1977 we got a book telling us all about it and five men died during a fire storm two years after this look out station was built in 1937. If you look at the bigger trees some did survive and you can still see burn marks on them,. This place is built of stone and the walls are over 2 feet thick, it now has a metal roof on it I had put on last summer and it is insulated beneath with a flame retardant material to 1500 degrees ( recommended by my BF who's a DNR fire fighter ( smoke jumper) and all underbrush has been cleared away to 200 feet from the house. No grass only gravel to cover the ground all done by my BF. The history of this place was really worth the price that dad got it for and in 1973 this was the first place that reported the big fire up in Canada that burned over 13 square miles of timber.

Never seen any ghosts but on a windy night strange noises can be heard if the wind is from the NW

by on Oct. 30, 2015 at 4:28 PM

Only that it's caught fire twice

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