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Posted: Friday, October 25, 2013 12:39 pm

If you’ve ever been kept awake at night with lingering thoughts of that scary ghost movie you watched before bed, I suggest you stop reading now. 

Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on the results, for the low cost of $11.99 the website DiedInHouse.com will tell its customers if anyone has ever died in their home, when it happened and how.

According to Gothamist, a weblog about New York City, for simply providing an address and credit card information, customers can instantly let out a sigh of relief or begin the process of moving out.

And if they’re still interested in sticking around, even after having learned someone has died there, they’re braver than me.

The website was developed by a software company based in Chapin, S.C. One of its creators found out someone had died in the home they recently purchased and the idea came about based on this fact.

After doing some research, they found that laws for disclosing death occurrences in a property were pretty much non-existent, so they wanted to make a change and help users be better informed.

This is a large gray area in real estate today because homeowners want to be fully informed about the properties they purchase. 

Homeowners should have the right to be informed, but they should also have the right to be uninformed if, they so choose.

Maybe laws aren’t stricter on death disclosures in homes because after a while, where would people live? 

“Ignorance is bliss” isn’t a saying for nothing; I can’t think of a reason I would ever feel inclined to type in my address, press send and wait for the death count to load across my screen. 

If someone died in my house, I wouldn’t want to hear anything about it; I wouldn’t want to be sitting in my living room trying to enjoy a scary movie and have those same deadly or murderous images flash through my head and think to myself, “Oh yeah, remember that time in 1983 when a family of four was slaughtered in my house?”

DiedInHouse searches millions of records to determine if a death has occurred at any specific location. The website provides its users with a “certified report” (whatever that means) and a free follow-up in 30 days.

After the report has been received, the daunting task then remains: who gets to sleep in the bedroom where the murder/suicide took place?

The website reads, “Diedinhouse.com saves you time and money, by instantly providing you with the valuable information you need to be better informed.”

From a FAQ on their website, the people behind it admit all of the information they provide is public record, meaning you don’t have to pay for it. 

Unless going to a library or doing your own Internet search suddenly costs $11.99, I don’t think they’re saving anyone money by providing this particular service.

The disclaimer on the website also states that they do not guarantee the accuracy of the data. If I’m paying $11.99 to no longer sleep comfortably in my house, I expect the data to be accurate. 

Overall, this website has a creepy concept, but the work is shoddy at best. They post way too many outside articles discussing how property values have significantly gone down after it has been proven a death occurred in the home  — well yeah, did you expect people to be jumping out of their seats at a chance to live with some ghost with a vengeance?  

The website will probably be very short lived, if it even catches on at all. Making users pay for a service they probably don’t want the answers to, wasn’t very smart marketing.

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