Is My House Haunted? How to Tell – PureWow

Youre Hearing Weird Sounds

Although it could be your house settling or noisy neighbors, if you’re hearing things you typically don’t, you could have ghosts in your house. Do a little research to find out if someone died in your home. If the sounds don’t subside and you’re definitely concerned, call a paranormal expert or medium to help you out. (Also, work on stopping your door from swinging open so you’re not scared by the sound!)


3. Your Phone Is Always on the Verge of Dying

And not because your phone’s old or you keep forgetting to place it on the charger. The same rule applies to all of your electronics. "If you just switched the battery in your remote, and the next day it’s dead, you wouldn’t necessarily think it’s paranormal, but it’s worth taking note of it," Pennace says.

The theory behind this, Pennace explains, is that spirits try to absorb whatever energy is around them, and your tech is a prime source. It’s a topic Doug Hogate Jr., founder of the Jersey Unique Minds Paranormal Society, elaborates on further to, saying that he believes ghosts need this energy to manifest themselves. Ghosts are thought to communicate through electricity (like turning the lights on and off) for similar reasons… It’s all fun and games until your resident ghost starts running up your electric bill.

4. Is Anything Flying Through The Air?

Simon Miller, from Holroyd Miller says: “Unless you live in the notorious 30 East Drive, Pontefract, Yorkshire, which is classed as one of the most haunted homes in the UK, then weird happenings are probably no more than squeaky expanding and contracting floorboards or air in the central heating pipes. However, paranormal activity can take on many guises. Are you experiencing a fine chalk-like dust falling inside your home, green foam appearing from taps and the toilet, lights turning on and off, cupboards shaking, and objects levitating? Such activity was reported at 30 East Drive and they most definitely had a poltergeist. Many people report haunted happenings, from the unexplained hair-raising feelings, to objects that simply appear to have been misplaced. But in truth how can we ever really make sense and explain the unexplainable?”

You See Strange Shadows

Though this could be attributed to lighting, if you see human-like shadows without a human attached to them, you may have a ghost.

Physical and emotional disorientation

Much like a horcrux in the Harry Potter series, a haunting can have a terrible effect on your mood and even your physical state. It can leave you feeling angry or weak. Newkirk reports having this kind of experience while investigating the famously haunted Hinsdale House in New York. “That’s a place where it’s a very extreme haunting. There’s something about that place when you walk into it, it gets very, very confusing. Some of the things that we started to see in this place and hear in this place—including drumming and strange lights—was very disorienting. I noticed that my mood would change when we were in this building and I would have to keep leaving it regularly.”

How To Tell If Your House Is Haunted: The Fast FAQs

Trying to handle a ghost in your house is not exactly the most normal issue that you could have. However, it’s still an issue you need to be aware of. There’s no single way to figure out if it’s legitimately haunted. With that said, these questions can help you find the truth.

1. Can you find out if someone died in the house?

One of the easiest ways to get a partial confirmation of a haunting is to ask your real estate agent if someone died in the house. In several states, your agent has the legal obligation to tell you if a home has a “stigma” attached to it. 

If you aren’t in an area where Stigma Laws exist, your best bet is to uncover what state records have to say about deaths in the home.

2. Should you ask your neighbors?

YES! Most of the time, long-term neighbors can tell you volumes about the family who last lived there. In most small towns, neighbors talk about what’s going on. If your house has a reputation for being haunted, it’s your neighbors who will be most likely to let you know. 

3. Should you hire a psychic?

If your neighbors remain mum on the topic, then a psychic might be able to help you out. However, there are a lot of people claiming to be psychic who aren’t. In some cases, it may end up being a cheap bid for money. So, if you choose to go this route, you may want to check a reference or two. 

3. Things Keep Disappearing Reappearing Elsewhere

If items you normally keep close eyes on—say, your wallet or keys—suddenly go missing all the time, you could be stressed and absentmindedly misplacing them. But if you put something down, step away, and immediately come back to find it gone (or moved), you may be dealing with a ghost, according to Berry.

10. Lights Flickering

This is arguably the most noticeable sign of a haunted home. It is heavily featured in horror films and spooky stories. If you have checked your fuse box or even called an electrician then there is only one explanation for flickering lights…

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2. Spikes in electromagnetic field (EMF) readings

If you’ve ever watched a ghost hunting show, you may have noticed one of the most common pieces of equipment they use to detect paranormal entities are electromagnetic field (EMF) meters. An EMF is a field that surrounds an electrically charged object. Many hypothesize that when we die, the energy from our bodies gets converted into electromagnetic energy, so the presence of a ghost can be detected by an EMF spike. If you’ve noticed a high EMF reading in your building, it could be a ghost, but it could also be faulty wiring. You may want to call in your local electrician before you call in your local medium.

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6. Seeing unexplained shadows and apparitions

Nothing is creepier than thinking you’re alone when out of the corner of your eye, you see a shadow move. It can be nerve-wracking to check to see if what you thought you saw is really there. However, are you sure it was a ghost, or was it just your dust-covered colleague after performing 5 hours worth of maintenance on a boiler in the basement crawling into the break room for a much-needed glass of water? It might be worth considering before you hastily create a work order demanding that someone else take care of the spirit who’s haunting the mech room.

Good News: Orbs Aren’t Necessarily a Sign Your Home’s Haunted

While some people view photos with flecks of light—or orbs, as they’re often known—as a sign of supernatural activity, the society doesn’t. "There are way too many things to explain it," Pennace says. "It could be bugs. Most of the time, it’s dust. You can’t always see dust particles in a room, but if you’re using flash photography, it’ll often pick it up."

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Misty areas—say, if you’re standing next to a waterfall—also pick up the light, which can make orbs appear in a photo.


Fact: Ectoplasm is a substance that still mystifies even the most seasoned paranormal experts. Historically, it has been reported to show up during seances through a spiritual medium. Newkirk himself has experienced the phenomenon in real haunted houses. “There was a house that I investigated several years ago where the family claimed that things were moving on their own,” he says, “and while I was there I actually had a strange, viscous fluid show up. [It] dripped down my arm, out of nowhere. And [the family] claimed that would happen all the time. It was a very strange kind of off-white, almost like a raw egg kind of fluid.” Ectoplasm is not often seen or experienced at your run-of-the-mill haunted house, but paranormal experts see it as a sign of certainty that there is a paranormal presence at work.

5. Things Keep Turning On Off On Their Own

Two of the most common instances that make people believe their home is haunted is watching their lights and TV turn on and off, without them—or Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant—triggering it. If your wiring isn’t to blame, Berry suggests doing one more test before questioning whether the undead disapproves of your lighting (or binge-watching) situation: “Make sure your neighbor doesn’t have the same remote,” he says, particularly if you live in an apartment or condo where your TVs might be sharing a wall. (Ditto if your garage door keeps opening and closing; your neighbor might have recently installed the same electronic opener.)

What Should You Do If You Can’t Get Rid Of A Hostile Ghost?

Ghosts can almost always be forced out by a person. If you’ve had no luck with typical methods, it might not be a ghost. Ghosts are people who passed on. While it’s highly unlikely, there is a chance that you might have something that was never human to begin with. The best thing that you can do with a paranormal entity that’s something inhuman is to call a professional. 

Of course, there are times when you just aren’t getting good results regardless of what you do. If this is the case with your haunting, you might be better off selling your home.