How To Tell If A House, Apartment or Rental is Haunted
Before You Sign On The Dotted Line
amanda linette meder
You watch any home hunting today and there's always someone talking about how all they want is a home with no ghosts.
Any home at all, they say, just one that's ghost free, is all they ask.
It's a simple request.
Just something clean of germs, noisy neighbors... and ghosts.
Can it be done?
Can we truly have it all?
When buying, renting or leasing home even on wildlands, keep in mind that it may not have always been wild.
Every place has a history.
And I agree.
Evidence of human populations existing upwards of 10,000 years ago in so many locations and where ever you have human history, you have the potential of encounter what they've left behind, including ghosts.
Despite the fact that because there is history everywhere, and likewise there are ghosts everywhere, you can find a place that is relatively spirit-free or at the very least, if it does have spirits, you can assure they're positive and capable of getting along with.
If you can get along with good neighbors, you can get along with good ghosts.
So let's clarify.
When people say they want ghost-free what they really mean is "I don't want no demons."
And you can have that.
That's a reality. You can definitely have no demons.
It's like saying you want a house that's free of termites and black mold - it can be done.
From someone who has moved a ton in their life and likewise, is a professional medium that works with other mediums to create a more ethical ecosystem for our field.
We're here to help.
5 Tips for finding a place that is spirit-free
#1. To find a place that is spirit-free or at least spirit-positive, pay attention to how it feels when you walk in.
Most spirits will hide when new homeowners or renters come looking because they don't want to be forced to leave, so what this means is you won't necessarily see a spirit, sense one or even be able to pick one up on an electromagnetic field reader during your first visit to a property or even during your final run through.
They will leave evidence of themselves behind.
This is what is called residuals in the field.
Ever seen the movie Beetlejuice?
Specifically, pay attention to the characters that play the deceased couple to see what I'm talking about here.
Most of what you'll see here specifically in relation to the deceased couple's (the ghosts in the movie) actions is accurate. It may be Hollywood, but the stories on screen do come from somewhere.
Okay back to it.
You don't need me and you don't need a specialized medium to sense residuals.
You don't even need any special tools.
You just need yourself.
Or just ask any woman who's had to walk home alone at night more than once, any wildlife hunter used to pick up on subtle changes in energy in his or her environment, or someone ex-military, anyone at all with a keen sense of street or extra sensory awareness.
Then sit back, and pay attention to their reactions to the place, if you don't trust your own.
If it feels grimy, cold and weird, guess what - the current residents are likely reflections of that.
If it feels bright, open airy and swells your heart with joy - guess what, that's what the current energy of the place represents and if you would have spirits, you can bet they'll most likely be the friendly sort.
If a person, perhaps a child, mentions any visions or dreams they've had before, during or after visiting a house, also, pay attention to these.
While you may not see or sense any ghosts while touring the home (because they won't want to be forced to leave or maybe they like you and are hopeful you'll move in, so they want to make a good impression), the energy of their residuals can be trusted. (More on how to tell the differences between these energies here).
So pay attention to the home's initial feeling when you walk in.
If it feels clean, it probably is.
If it feels weird and cold, it probably is.
And perhaps for more reasons than just a lack of heating.
#2. Try to focus more on finding a positive place to be in rather than whether or not it has ghosts.
I hate to compare ghosts to beneficial bacteria of the gut, but let's do.
When we talk gut bacteria, it's not about getting rid of all bacteria in the body, it's more about making sure you're free of most of the ones that can do damage and full of the ones that do a good job helping you.
Most of the time, your interaction with humans and feelings, sensations, and aftermaths they've left behind is going to be unavoidable.
Same with spirits.
Same with insects.
Same with beneficial bacteria of the body.
There are just some things that we as humans must learn to co-exist with and understand that we can not only live peacefully with but that it doesn't have to be dangerous and perhaps it can even be fun.
Just as you can cultivate healthy gut bacteria, you can also cultivate a healthy spiritual environment and for best results, you'd start with a place where that has already been started for you.
If you're focusing on selecting a home where this has already been started for you (#1), then good - you're not working at a disadvantage and instead, you're working at an advantage.
You don't exactly need a plot of land free of insects, nor is that even always reasonable, but you can cultivate an environment that is more welcoming to the friendly kind than it is to the biting kind. (More on how to attract these types of spirits to your home here).
Positive spirits, like matrons of the home, women, and caretakers who have previously cared for a place, can be a good influence on you and your family's life.
Some spirits can be an asset rather than a liability, is what I'm saying.
Positive influencing spirits are the types of spirits that will wake you up if you fell asleep with a candle on, give you the idea to turn around when you left for vacation with the propane tank running, or they'll watch your kids to alert you of trouble in the other room.
I know it's weird, but -
Spirits can be a help, not a burden.
Television shows unfortunately really don't focus on this aspect of ghost living.
Quite honestly, it's because people who live with their spirits peacefully are, well, largely uninteresting.
Because they're peaceful.
By and large, the media focus is only on the ones causing a stir, thus, we tend to have a heightened awareness of that particular type, which isn't bad (it's important to be aware of a potential threat) just... it's also important you're aware there is a good type, too.
And this type more frequently populates a place going both unnoticed and under-appreciated.
#3. Location may matter, on the large or small scale, so keep this in mind.
If you're looking anywhere:
- East of the Mississippi River
- With previous or active battlefield history
- With a continuous human settlement of 400+ years or more
It's going to be hard to be ghost-free entirely, but you can settle on it being ghost-positive.
So if you're worried about location concerns:
- Do a little research on the area and the background of it before moving in or -
- Move to the desert, where there has never been an active mine, any mining activity, any illegal operation, any prostitution, and you're certain there has also been no human settlement or any human activity before.
Mediums, I know, I'm using the words spirit and ghost interchangeably here, I'm being loose. So - intellectuals who care - there is a slight difference between the terminologies. Read more about that here.
Going back -
#4. Be extra vigilant when touring long-vacant homes, foreclosures, places with prior evidence of serious drug use, mental illness or death associated with the property.
For all the reasons you'd be wary of one renting, leasing or buying of these homes above for physical concerns like squatters, neglect, damage, and so on - you also want to be careful because these type of situations can attract low vibrational spirits, too.
I'm not trying to scare you away from a property you have your heart set on, but just keep in mind that some properties carry more spiritual risk, just as some properties, due to factors often beyond your control and those that have existed long before you, will naturally carry more investment risk than others do.
As a general rule of thumb - if it's an investment risk, it's usually also a ghost risk. And if it feels grimy - it usually is, on both sides of the board!
This goes for ghost-wise too.
Even some of the creepiest feeling places can be fixed.
#5. So what happens if you've checked a place, it feels positive, and the ghosts start to appear and trickle in later?
As long as you've followed all of my advice above - this is both okay and normal and... you can manage it.
You can vacuum a floor as hard and fast as the next guy for sales day, and then have the insects come in after the renters move in, left a few screen doors open, and then further left a few sugary sweets out on the counter top on a hot day in July.
Boom, you now have ants.
It's that easy.
Same with spirits, but it's not always someone's fault, just like ants isn't always someone's fault.
Sometimes, it's just ants being ants.
Sometimes it's things that have floated over from the neighbors, other times you have curious spirits from up the road just checking things out.
Either way, don't freak.
There are a bunch of articles on my blog to help with this so just search around on the blog, or - to save time, I've condensed all this information plus additional information not available on the blog, into two of my eBooks.
In my eBook Transitions: A Guide to Crossing Over Spirits or in its sister eBook Space Clearing: A Guide to Space Clearing with Sound, Light and Smoke, I talk about both how you can clear a home of the energy in it and set a new pace.
And as also illuminated by Mary Ann Winkowski in her book, When Ghosts Speak, negative spirits can tear apart a marriage, turn one into an insomniac, put suicidal thoughts into the minds of people you love, and just in general, make things miserable, so just as choosing your neighbors is important, so is choosing your ghosts.
So your intuition is right on being concerned this, negative spirits can be a real problem.
The good news is, if you search right, you can avoid having to deal with them at all.
- To find a place that is spirit-free or at least spirit-positive, pay attention to how it feels. This is called sensing the residuals and it will be accurate.
- If you need help, call in an expert such as the nearest city-living woman, your sensitive aunt, or your medium cousin and most importantly: trust their opinion. You wouldn't expect someone to ask for your help and only then to have them reject it, so likewise, if you ask for ghost advice and someone gives it to you, trust it, especially if it confirms your own suspicion.
- Location may matter, so do a little history run of the area and check for previous battle sites nearby, famous deaths and so on before moving in.
- Beware of investment risks. Places that have been through or occupied by low energy situations attract like. Not to say you can't fix bad ghosts, but it's like starting a project with a termite infestation - it all depends on how bad it is, whether or not it's worth it to try or even possible to resolve completely.
- Don't freak out. Most situations, once identified, can be either solved or resolved, even if you've already bought the place.
To end, you are your best judge of where and what feels comfortable to you.
If your heart is really set on something and you sense something is off, hire a psychic (or ask your intuitive cousin and make sure to pay for her lunch), do a little saging and get educated on your spiritual faqs and, you just may be able to work it out.
But always remember, as my partner would say-
Sometimes... you simply can't put lipstick on a pig.
Amanda Linette Meder
P.S. Most psychics, mediums, energy healers, empaths, and shamans I know can 'ghost check' a place over the phone by just clairvoyantly looking into it. It's like getting a bang trim. It really doesn't take a lot of work, takes just a few minutes, and if you're already an existing client, there may not even be a charge. Clearing the place is another story, but if you really need that last step of extra validation before going forward, it is worth it just to ask someone, especially considering the relative permanency of the investment. A listing of practitioners can be found here.
P.P.S. Don't ignore a weird room. The last thing you want is a negative spirit's hiding place to be in your kid's room, and portals are common in human places, such as inside homes. So that weird room that gives you vibes could really contain a portal, which you *can* close, though it does take some serious work and effort and depending on how strong and how long it's been there may be harder to close than it would be just to find a new place. So just keep that in mind, if the basement is weird, don't ignore it! It could cause you some serious issues later on.
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- Intelligent Spirit vs. Residual Energy: What is the Difference?
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