Hauntings occur more often than what’s publicly reported. In many cases the occupants of a home can go months or years ignoring the signs that they have a ghost in their home. When you realize you have a haunting you can either ignore it and hope it goes away or deal with it and find a solution.
When you choose to deal with it you’ll most likely want to contact a paranormal investigative team, or ghost hunters, to come investigate your claims. But be weary of who you are letting into your home. Botched investigations, bogus evidence, and down right crazy people are all involved in the world of paranormal investigating.
That doesn’t mean that we’re all crazy but you should choose the team you allow into your home carefully.
Often times people looking for help with a haunting turn to Google. They search in their area and contact the first team they find. This is a common mistake and has actually caused more trouble for the legitimacy of the supernatural than ever thought possible.
When choosing your investigative team you should never be afraid to ask tough questions. It is your home after all.
How long ago was [team name] formed?
This is very important. Because of mainstream paranormal, teams of unskilled people are popping up every where.
What types of locations has your team mainly investigated?
VERY IMPORTANT question here. To continue from question 1, most of the existing teams, especially the younger ones, tend to concentrate on graveyards or abandoned buildings with no real residential experience.
What’s some of the equipment and methods your team uses?
Another good question. The team you’re talking to may use equipment and methods you are uncomfortable with.
How do you go about your investigations? Are they metaphysical or tech-oriented?
This is only important if you are uncomfortable with the idea of psychics, dowsing rods, and other metaphysical things in your home. It’s been my experience that most people are open minded to it but there have been cases where they wanted none of it. Many teams lean toward both and while I can’t deny the feelings and senses we get working a case I can say that metaphysical oriented investigations generally go unproven and are easily faked.
Will I be required to sign any legal papers or waivers?
Usually liability waivers come into play to protect both the team and client. Request a copy before letting them in your house and read over it carefully.
Do you run background checks on your members?
This one is optional, at best. Many organizations can’t run background checks due to monetary restraints and many ghost hunting organizations have no form of income.
Do you charge for your services?
The answer should always be “NO”. There are a hundred other teams in the area who may be just as professional and would do the same service for free.
What are my options if I want it gone?
You may want the ghost or demon out of your house and if you are unclear as to what you can do about it then ask.
All these questions and any others you may have are very important to ask. You need to be comfortable with who you are letting in your house.
If you’ve contacted a team and decide you feel uncomfortable with them then cancel any appointments you have with them. Choose a team or method of dealing with the situation that you are comfortable with. The best defense against anything supernatural are your own beliefs.