- 57% of people would be more than happy to share their house with a ghost (Urban.co.uk)
- 15% would be put off moving house on Friday the 13th (Urban.co.uk)
- 30% of people will not be welcoming the Trick or Treaters this Halloween (Urban.co.uk)
With Halloween just around the corner, programmes such as ‘Most Haunted’ seemingly ever-popular and new cinema releases set to scare the uninitiated, new data has been released that reveals just how brave the nation really is when it comes to house-hunting.
Releasing the results of their ‘Spooky Survey’, the UK’s original online estate agent Urban.co.uk discovered that the UK is split on the subject of ghoulish flatmates. Asking if having a ghostly house guest would be a property deal breaker, it was found that 57% of respondents would be more than happy to share their house with a spook (as long as they did their share of the washing-up), whilst 47% would make sure to have the Ghostbusters in even before the first viewing!
Yet it is not just Halloween itself that gets the goosebumps prickling for many, next month’s Friday 13th will also set some on edge as they fear what bad luck could befall them on such a superstitious day. Urban.co.uk’s ‘Spooky Survey’ revealed that the day is not an outdated notion for many, with 15% even going as far as to say that they would be put off moving house on Friday the 13th, thinking that their new property would be doomed forever if they moved in on that fateful day.
For those brave enough to get past the viewing and the moving in stages, it seems that once people are settled into their new property, their home is where people feel safest, adding weight to the aged notion that an Englishman’s home really is his castle.
Almost 70% of respondents to the survey claimed that they are brave enough to open the door to Trick or Treaters on Halloween night, even saying that they look forward to seeing the scary costumes that are sure to make an appearance on their doorsteps throughout the evening.
This does mean, however, that come All Hallows’ Eve, three in every ten of us will be turning off the lights, locking the door and shutting the curtains against the incoming visitors.
Adam Male, Founder of Urban.co.uk comments on the findings,
“Whilst it seems that the UK are a nation of brave house-hunters on the whole, for some Halloween and the notion of ghostly hauntings in their home is enough to set their teeth a-chattering. With the results of the ‘Spooky Survey’ it is also interesting to discover the role that superstition still plays in the decisions many make, even when it comes to their homes. Whether they are scaredy-cats or onto something the rest of us are missing remains to be seen but either way, we wish all a very Happy Halloween!”
For those having a nightmare selling or letting a property, or simply for those looking for pulse-steadying advice, visit Urban.co.uk or call 0800 6899955.