This brings me to the subject of investigating homes or buildings. Today’s lawsuit environment severely impairs ghost hunters. Owners’ of dilapidated structures are fearful that they will be sued for injuries or asbestos contamination. Most small-time paranormal investigators cannot afford to be bonded and insured. Verbal agreements or written contracts simply will not cajole the owner into allowing access. What about homes that people live in? When people living in a home experience strange happenings, they are very reluctant to contact and investigator. The intrusion into their privacy is a great deterrence. What if they see my messy home? What if they uncover my dirty little secret? Very few of us would be comfortable with strangers poking around in our homes. Not to mention the trust issue. It is a mean, old world and a lot of bad people are always looking to exploit somebody. The risk is simply too great to trust unknown investigators, and therefore they will continue to suffer the nuisance of having a spirit.
So when is it safe for a home owner to contact and employ paranormal investigators? I recommend doing a little investigating yourself. Do a background check on the individuals concerned. Do they have a criminal record? Do they have other occupations than just paranormal investigators? What is their motive for being paranormal investigators? Do they charge? Are they glory seekers? I highly recommend that you meet with the investigators in a public place. Have some questions for them. I know it probably sounds unfair, but how do they look? The last thing you want to do is use paranormal investigators that are unsavory or unstable. Also, the paranormal group needs to be on guard. Recently there have been stories of criminals taking advantage of paranormal groups. Above all, all parties must remember that they are dealing with the dead. The dead have a voice. The dead need to be respected. All parties must be sensitive to the nature of the haunting. If a soul is trapped or lingering, there must be a reason. It is better for the spirit to resolve its issue and move on. Remember, the dead have a voice and we honor them by listening. to edit.