This is probably something that most homeowners don't want to think about, but if your house is several decades old and has been lived in by many tenants, it's definitely possible that someone has died there at some point. But in most states, this information is creepily allowed to stay off of deeds and leases. So how do you find out if there have been any deaths in your home?
Check out the matter-of-factly named Diedinhouse.com. Just type in your address, and the site will tell you how many souls inhabit your family's home, and how they met their respective ends.
In an alarmingly high number of states, brokers are not required to let tenants know if someone has ever died on the property.
So like...it's totally possible that you just bought the Amityville Horror house and didn't even know it.
DiedInhouse.com invites users to type in their addresses, and for an annoyingly high fee of $11.99, lets them know whether or not someone ever shuffled off their mortal coil in their sun room.
If you want to see which of your friends' houses have skeletons in the closets, the site offers 5 searches for $28.99. If you want start your own ghost-hunting business, they offer 50 searches for $250.00
In my first apartment in New York, rent was insanely low for the area because the 100-year-old lady who lived in it before me actually died there. In this way, a trip to Diedinhouse.com could actually save renters some money...if they don't mind sharing their spaces with ghostly roommates.