Paranormal experts featured on HGTV’s House Haunters offer advice on living with ghosts
By Shannon Petrie, FrontDoor.com
“We live in a very strange world with a lot of mystery,” Roth says. “So it behooves us to — instead of being fearful — to try to know more about what might be going on around us.”
Does your home have a spooky vibe? Don’t worry — things might not be as grave as you think.
#1: Don’t Panic
It may be easier said than done, but the best thing you can do when dealing with a potentially haunted property is to keep your fear in check, says Jack Roth, a field researcher for the American Institute of Parapsychology who has logged hundreds of hours investigating the paranormal over the last 10 years.
Living in a haunted house can come with a wide range of issues, but many homeowners report similar experiences: items going missing, faucets turning on and off for no reason, hearing unexplained footsteps and other noises, or just feeling a strange presence in the home. While these sensations can certainly be spine chilling, Roth says there’s usually nothing to be afraid of. Many times, there’s a natural explanation — for instance, noises could be caused by the house settling, plumbing or an infestation of mice or other vermin. But even in the case of a genuine haunting, it’s often possible to coexist with the energies or entities in the home if you can replace your fear with curiosity, Roth says.