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Just in time for Halloween, there’s a creepy new service that’ll tell you if your pad is haunted. OK fine, not exactly, but it will tell you whether anyone’s ever died in your house, and that’s just as spooky.
Aptly named Died In House the website will let you punch in your address to receive a full report detailing whether anyone’s ever died at your place, the names of those people, and the cause of death. You can also get some insight into reported drug activity on the property, as well as any past fire reports.
The site launched after software engineer, Roy Condrey, bought a new home, not realizing that someone had passed away there previously. Personally creeped out, he built Died In House to make sure folks in similar situations have the tools do their due diligence before signing on the dotted line.
“I found out that someone died in my house before I bought it, I assumed it was part of the disclosure process, but unfortunately found out that it was not. I discovered that most states do not have any laws to disclose a death occurrence in a property no matter how it occurred,” Condrey explains.
He’s right—in most U.S. states, an on-site death doesn’t have to be disclosed to a potential buyer when a house goes on sale, and the same goes for renters.
However, even if you’re not in the market for a new place, “Died In House” will provide some fun, if short lived, fodder for Halloween ghost stories. Think about it: “The Exorcist,” “Psycho,” “The Conjuring,” even “Beetlejuice” are all movies based on spooky activities in American homes—so your place could be the scene of an untold horror story of its own.
If you’re game, the service will set you back a pretty steep $11.99, but you’d probably pay that if a realtor offered up the service before moving, right? Just visit the website, enter your address, and start to wonder whether ignorance really is bliss.