If you’re house shopping and a place gives you the creeps, you can look it up now to see if anyone died there.
DiedinHouse.com will disclose, if the records exist, if anyone has expired at a certain address.
“A DiedInHouse.com Instant Report saves you time and money, by instantly providing you with valuable information that may impact your decision to purchase or rent a house,” states the site, adding that they have access to 118 million records and that is growing daily.
Not only will the site tell you who died there, but when it happened, who it was and cause of death, like murder.
Additionally, they’ll tell you if there was ever a meth lab there or a fire. Handy info to have.
Why the site? According to Forbes, it was founded in 2013 by a software engineer Roy Condrey when a tenant texted him, asking him if he knew that his house was haunted.
“I found out that someone died in my house before I bought it, I assumed it was part of the disclosure process, but unfortunately found out that it was not,” writes Condrey in the site’s FAQ. “I discovered that most states do not have any laws to disclose a death occurrence in a property no matter how it occurred (murder, suicide, accident, illness or natural). What I also discovered is that there is not a single place to go and that the research is very time consuming.”
While many sellers and realtors aren’t required to disclose such info, Forbes adds via info from Trulia that a “prior death or violent crime” can reduce a home’s value by up to 30 percent.
The DiedInHouse reports are $11.99 a pop, and Condrey told Forbes he’s sold about 40,000 so far via his site.