Scary Houses: It’s Not What You Think

haunted-houseIt’s Halloween time and that means the haunted house industry is in full swing. People will stand in line for hours to get a good scare. It’s a fun thrill when you know it’s fake, but nobody really wants to live in a scary house. Even if you don’t believe in monsters and ghosts, there are plenty of things that can be frightening as a homeowner.

Age and Maintenance History

Older houses have a lot of charm and features you won’t find in a new build. But they can also require a lot of upkeep due to normal deterioration. In addition, there are some things you should be aware of if a house was built during a certain period. Homes built:

  • Before 1978 may contain lead-based paint
  • Before 1980 may contain asbestos
  • Between 1978 and 1995 and may contain unsafe polybutylene-based piping

Get the ‘Fax: Just for fun, we ran a Housefax Report on the home featured in “The Exorcist” movie. See for yourself how scary it is…

Building Permit History

Another issue that can give homeowners nightmares is unpermitted work. Renovations and upgrades such as room additions, garage conversions, even certain landscaping features are typically required to be permitted (varies by location). As part of the permit, a licensed engineer will inspect the work and make sure it’s up to code. Work that is not up to code can cause safety issues and may be an issue when selling the home.

Natural Hazards

There are many truly terrifying natural events that can damage or even destroy a home. Earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, wildfires, hail storms and freezes, even sink holes. It’s important to know what natural hazards may exist in the area where you live so that you can prepare for emergencies and make sure your insurance covers the most likely risks.

Get the ‘Fax: The house used in the filming of “Poltergeist” isn’t built on top of a burial ground, but it is within 5 miles of an active fault line.

Beware of Scares

In reality, scary houses aren’t haunted and they don’t have monsters in the closet. However, they can harbor secrets that can catch you off guard and send a spine-tingling shock to your pocketbook! That’s why it’s important to know as much as you can about your house, or a house you’re thinking of buying.

Housefax Reports contain information on natural hazards, building permits and age-related warnings, along with general property details, loans/liens, school data, utilities, and more – tons of information to help you be informed and prepared and make good decisions. And that’s not scary at all!

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