In keeping with spooky season, it seems only appropriate to regale the masses with some seriously scary statistics, all focused on the one place that we are meant to feel warm, safe and cozy, our homes. Here are some creepy facts about your home to keep you up at night
The (Maybe Not So) Itsy Bitsy Spider
Spiders are one of the most prolific creatures on the planet. In fact, there are over 45,00 known species of spiders in the world (that, of course, does not include the numerous creepy crawlers that we haven’t formally identified yet), and more than 3,000 species in the United States alone. Given their immense population, it is nearly inevitable that you have your fair share of eight-legged house guests. In fact, in North Carolina, a study, which was conducted in 50 homes, concluded that spiders resided in 100% of them. If your skin is crawling at the thought, don’t blame us, those are the numbers. Even more disturbing, in three quarters of those homes, these intrusive arthropods were found in the bedrooms. There’s something to think about as you are trying to drift off to sleep tonight.
...As a Doornail
For so many happy homebuyers, the purchase of a home is a joyous new chapter in life, but, could your bright new beginning have been the place of someone else’s final chapter? Well, there is a likelihood that the answer is yes. According to the Stanford School of Medicine, 20% of people die in their homes. That being said, as the age of a house increases, and/or the number of owners, the likelihood that someone has died there increases as well.
While it very well could be the case that someone has taken their final bow in your home, it could be very difficult to find out for sure. There are only three states that have death disclosure laws. In California, sellers only have to disclose deaths that have happened within a home in the past three years, and in South Dakota and Alaska, only deaths that have occured within the past year, and are more nefarious in nature, are required to be disclosed to buyers. If knowing that someone has kicked the bucket in your home is a deal-breaker for you, then your best bet is to do some through research. Google the address and search for any news articles or other pertinent information. You can also scour public records, like deeds and death certificates. However, possibly the best source of information of this kind would be the neighbors. It is true what they say, “nothing travels so fast as ill news,” so the people in the surrounding area are often the most knowledgeable on the goings on of the cul de sac, and many would be more than happy to share the details with anyone willing to listen.
Have you been hearing bumps in the night? Are shadows catching the corner of your eye? Is your dining room furniture mysteriously stacking itself while you are in the other room? Well, you’re not alone. A study, conducted by Realtor.com, surveyed just over a thousand people and, as it turns out, nearly 25% believe that their home is haunted. Those that placed themselves in this ghastly group reported odd feelings in certain rooms in their homes, hearing strange noises, and witnessing strange or erratic pet behavior which led them to feel as though they share their home with one or more phantasmal roommates.
Almost more interesting, however, is the number of buyers willing to share their space with a spooky spectacle, under the right circumstances. One third of those polled stated that they would willingly risk purchasing a haunted home if it meant a lower price, larger kitchen, or nicer neighborhood. If there is a more accurate and striking statement to express the ferocity of the current housing market, we don't know what it is.