The next time you go house-hunting, be sure to thoroughly look into the backstory of the house you're interested in. These properties might have been inhabited by infamous offenders, used by members of the adult entertainment industry, or contained the "essence" of the (now deceased) former owners. Real estate agents must, by law, disclose the truth about these potentially haunted houses, but some may not even know what happened there unless they speak to the neighbors.
These Reddit accounts detail what went down in homes before their current owners purchased them. Turn all of the lights on and remember that home isn't just where the heart is; there are plenty of horrors too.
From Redditor /u/tieberion:
The lady next door to me [passed], and wasn't found until she was [...] more liquid than solid on her living room carpet. The family couldn't pay back taxes or something, and the house went to HUD to auction. HUD paid for some cleanup, but not to replace the carpet, only to steam clean it.
So it finally sold, and was talking to the guy who is flipping it. Before I could mention the [passing], he asked if the house had a water leak under the foundation [...] because when they ripped up the carpet and pad to put down the laminate floor, it was really dirty and got all over them and their clothes [...] Told him what happened and how HUD went cheap on what to fix before the auction; he got green as a pea and started puking right there on his side of the fence.
From Redditor /u/Grandmastrgusto:
An old friend of mine bought a nice house in a quiet neighborhood. The place is beautiful and has a really nice deck outback with a hot tub. About 3 weeks after closing he was cleaning out some previously owner junk in one of the closets and found an old DVD. It was a Bridget the Midget porno with a hot tub scene on the cover. His hot tub. It was epic.
From Redditor /u/_old:
My grandma sells/rents houses in the Denver area. A few weeks ago I had to help her evict a few college bros from one of her properties. This is a cottage-style home, no second floor, no basement. These guys literally dug a hole in the wood floor and made a basement where they've been throwing trash away for the last year. Like it's a living room... with a tv... a couple arm chairs... and a giant hole in the ground filled with ice cream wrappers, pizza boxes, and cigarette butts.
From Redditor /u/JaytheFarmer:
My parents were realtors, and also flipped houses. When I was growing up I used to help them a lot, usually by cleaning. When I was 12, I was helping with a house that was infested with roaches. I noticed the closets were smeared with shit and children's hand prints, with fingernail scratches on the insides of the doors as well. I asked my parents why this was the case. They told me the old tenants used to lock their toddlers in the closets for days.