(Closed) Would you buy a home that someone died in?

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 76
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

Would I buy a house someone died in? That depends. Is there any evidence that the house killed them (eg asbestos, gas leaks, mystery poisoning)? If not, that sounds fine.

If you live in a house older than 100 or so years old, I’d bet there’s a good chance that someone has probably died in it at some stage. Where I live, that’s… pretty much every house. Unless you want to live in a new build flat the size of a shoebox.

As an aside, our friends A and B live in a house where one of their (widowed) parents accidentally “killed” a guy… without going into details, his final words were apparently “wow… that’s different… it’s never felt quite like that bef-“

Post # 77
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Sugar Beekeeper

The fact that someone died in the house would not have to be disclosed if you were ever to sell, since it would be more than the three years required in your state. So it would not be a relevant issue for me. 

Post # 79
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Busy bee

Yes. There is actually something beautiful to me about someone passing away at their home. They probably left the world feeling safe and comfortable and loved. Congrats on putting in your offer!

Post # 80
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I work in a long term care geriatric facility were at least 2 people die every other week. Death is such a natural occurance, I no longer think twice about it. I’d definitely buy a great house an old person died in. 

Post # 81
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I live in south Florida. The chances that someone will have died in the home I am purchasing is pretty high. When my parents and I moved here over ten years ago, three out of the five houses we looked at had someone who had passed away in it due to natural causes. As long as it wasn’t something like a violet murder, I wouldn’t even think twice about it. 

Post # 82
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

stringofpearls:  We used to live in a house that someone had died (naturally) in, it was an estate sale. Our animals were very sensitive to things there. They would stare past you in the room he died, and there was often orbs that showed up in photos. That being said, nothing horrible ever happened, it was just a little freaky lol! It’s up to you if you feel comfortable living there!

Post # 83
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Bee Keeper

stringofpearls:  At least the person let the agent know that someone had passed away in the house if you were leery of buying it.  Another PP said on this board she wasn’t advertising the fact that her mother died in her house.  So it’s a nice gesture on the person selling the house.  But I wouldn’t let it bother you too much.  That person had a good long life and probably died where they wanted the most, in their home

Post # 84
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Bee Keeper

MammaPants:  I think by law, you have to put it in the disclosure, natural causes or not,meaning if the buying agent looks at it, they can disclose it to the buyer.  Obviously it varies state to state, so I would make sure before you go ahead and not disclose it that it’s okay to not do so.

Post # 85
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Helper bee

Congrats on putting an offer in! I have no problem of somebody dying in the house. If you passed up every house somebody died in you would only be able to buy brand-new cookie cutter houses! Now, buying a house somebody was murdered in…I’d really have to think twice about that one.

Post # 87
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Bumble bee

turnanewleaf:  I could live in a house were someone naturally passed away. But I couldn’t if it was murder or suicide, it just creeps me out.

Post # 88
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

pinkcorsage:  my state only requires the disclosure of things that would affect the house, ie: water damage, previous fire, etc. thanks though!

Post # 89
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Bee Keeper

MammaPants:  I kind of think it’s shady that you wouldn’t put it in the disclosure.  Let your sellers decide for themselves if they want to live in a house where someone died in, natural causes or not.

Post # 90
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2015

the last owner of our house passed away in it. at first it did weird me out a bit, but the energy is so warm and inviting so even if she is around I like to think she’s a positive presence. 🙂 the first few weeks after we moved in, I’d always greet her when I got home. haha. 

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