Spooky homes can devalue by 20pc

The research found that potential homebuyers are spooked by the stigma of past events. This might include the property being built on top of a graveyard, a former crime scene or rumours the property is haunted.

Robin King, director of Move with Us, said: “A house with a chequered past can come with a stigma attached to it, particularly to those who live locally and have preconceptions of the property.

“With this sort of property, buyers often put in a lower offer or will use the history as a bargaining tool.

“For anyone looking to sell a home with a spooky history there are still a number of things that you can do to help sell the property for a higher price.

“Presentation really is everything and giving the property some serious curb appeal will help get viewers through the door as well as dressing the home in a way that creates an aspiration for a certain lifestyle.”