Ghosts! Not the Home Inspector's Fault

Home Inspector with Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia

Ghosts?!  Not the Home Inspector's Fault


Ghosts?! Not the Home Inspector's Fault is how I started my story this past Thanksgiving.  I was swapping some stories with a fellow home inspector and told him about a 300 year old home I inspected a few years back near Malvern, PA


The home was built in the 1750s and was a good size property.  I know this home inspection would take a good 4 hours or so. 


My home inspection clients were really excited about the architecture and character of the home and were very engaged during the home inspection.  They followed me around as I taught them about the home's systems and intricacies.


Everything was going quite well for the first couple hours.  For a 300 year old home, there were some issues that came up, but it wasn't anything I thought would scare them off. 

ghost in malvern pa

They weren't scared until their real estate agent started giving them some fun historical "facts" about the home.  When the agent told them that George Washington had once spent the night in this home, they had the look of pure terror on their faces.  Suddenly, the wife exclaimed, "I don't want to live in a house where George Washington's ghost might be!" 


Ghosts?! Well, that was an unexpected reaction.  I could tell the real estate agent was surprised as well.  He certainly didn't claim that George Washington had DIED in the house.  He just spent the night.  And really, it's a 300 year old home.  If  you believe in ghosts, I'm sure there were plenty around in those 300 years the home was around.


I continued with the home inspection and made no mention of ghosts in the report.  They ended up using the report to back out of the deal but this was not the home inspector's fault.  It was the ghost of George Washington I suppose!      


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david the home inspectorDavid Artigliere, owner of ARTI Home Inspections LLC, is a home inspector in Pottstown, Reading, Norristown, Royersford and surrounding areas. 

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Comments (11)

Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Yikes. I've sold several haunted homes but not on the fact that they were haunted David Artigliere . In the situation you tell I wonder how the heck this dizzy person jumped to the conclusion that this was a haunted home? Something isn't right in her head.

Nov 29, 2019 07:26 PM
David Artigliere

I agree it was an overreaction.  They were memorable clients for sure. 

Nov 30, 2019 05:22 AM
Potranco Realty
Potranco Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Potranco Realty"

Some people are very superstitious and have their own wacky beliefs. Nope not the inspectors fault just spooky clients. Have yourself a nice weekend.

Nov 29, 2019 11:13 PM
David Artigliere

Yes, they were definitely superstitious.  They ended up finding a nice, modern home some 4 months later.

Nov 30, 2019 05:23 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

It's hard to know what will trigger a wild reaction. Best they learned before they bought that a newer house would fit them best.

Nov 30, 2019 07:51 AM
David Artigliere

Hi Lottie, exactly!  They figured out what would work best and made it happen.

Nov 30, 2019 09:38 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Now that is funny, David. Some people do believe in ghosts. We have a home in my area that is said to be haunted. It was on the market last year and sold.

Nov 30, 2019 10:34 AM
David Artigliere
Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia - Collegeville, PA
ARTI Home Inspections, ASHI Certified Home Inspect

Hi Rebecca, yes I would honestly think it's a draw to claim you were buying a haunted house. haha!

Nov 30, 2019 10:43 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello David,  Interesting story and with some of the old homes back east you can find lots of history there.  

Dec 02, 2019 07:10 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

LOL - this is ridiculous on so many levels, but, at least, why would the fact that GW had visited the house mean that he would haunt it?

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