Friday, May 27, 2011

Question time! Help me out...

Ok, should I leave a letter to welcome the buyers to their new home when I leave? Like one that goes over the previous ownership on the house, and the awesomeness of the neighbors, and stuff?

If I do, should I also warn them that they might have inherited a very awesome, very cool ghost who is playful and also sometimes gives money to us?

Or is that just a bad idea? I'd have liked the warning, personally. But I'm a paranormal-friendly person. If I hadn't been, it might've really freaked me the fuck out, even if I was being reassured that the ghost is super-Casper-like, and doesn't make people kill their spouses, or anything.

Help me decide, dammit.

20 comments:

Xavier Onassis said...

I vote no letter.

Catherine V said...

I must second that, although you should do what you want. Also, how do you know Jeffers won't be moving with you?

MoxieMamaKC said...

As someone who used to live in a house that would have given the Amityville Horror a run for it's money, I say it never hurts to just let them know. I wish I'd been warned. Thank goodness we were only renting, but I'm SURE someone had to have told the landlord along the way. He just stared at me when I told him it was haunted.

They'll either think you're crazy, or they'll make friends with Jeffers. Either way, it's not like you ever have to see them face to face. I think a letter is nice, even if it only welcomes them and tells them to watch out for the leak in the gutter or whatever.

Faith said...

I would have liked a letter myself. But the previous owners weren't really letter-type people. :/

Cate, I totally hope we can get Jeffers to move with us! But since I'm pretty sure he's the original owner of the home, I think he's more attached to it than he is to the blue ball. But hell if I won't try! I've already been talking to him about it for a few weeks. And a couple of these last times that he's taken the ball over the course of the past 3 weeks, he put it into my purse. I think that's a sign that he's saying he's coming with! Hahahaha!

faithstwin said...

I definitely think he's coming with you. Or he will try really hard.

No letter. The only thing I found in my home from the previous owners (aka to neighbors as the vampire people... lovely)was the pool key, the mailbox key and the garage door openers. That's IT. There's no need to warn anyone of any haunting, especially since it is a) friendly and b) probably won't affect them at all.

Every new house is simply a fresh start.

Faith said...

Ok, so no warning to them about how we think the neighbor to the south might be a hoarder, but she's still a really nice person? Or about how the neighbors to the north totally make up for it, because they're awesome and have beautiful kiddos? Or that the neighbors across the street have a basement that they will totally let them scurry into during tornadoes?


I think you guys are right about the haunting thing. I mean, Jeffers didn't even show up for me until after Leo moved in, and I'd already lived there for 2 years. So maybe he'll just lurk with these new people, too. Hmmm...

emawkc said...

I think a letter would be nice, introducing them to the neighbors and stuff. But don't mention the so-called ghost. It will just make you look crazy to total strangers.

drawer queen said...

NO letter. No.

Fred Sanford said...

Considering "Jeffers" may be a small kernel in your brain, I'd leave the letter out.

Faith said...

Man, I cannot WAIT to haunt the hell outta you non-believers when I die! It's gonna be fuuuuuun!

:P

Average Jane said...

No, they'll figure out all that stuff on their own.

Ekey said...

I wonder what might have happened if your Money-producing ghost was part of the negotiations...

"So, we will accept your offer of $X dollars but only if you continue to send us 20% of our ghost's winning over the period of 10 years..."

Faith said...

DAMMIT. Why didn't I think of that, Ekey??? Shit.

Blogwatcher said...

We left a letter for the new owners of our old house with basic neighborly information and I think they appreciated it. It was nice for them to know a little about the neighbors surrounding them (without freaking them out) so I say do it. If they don't want it, they don't have to read it. I would leave Jeffers out, though, and let them discover that on their own.

Nuke said...

I love the Jeffers stories & hope he goes with you. But I vote no letter, and urge you to leave the ghost out of it if you do write one.

emawkc said...

When we sold out first house, we did a super deep cleaning of EVERYTHING before we left.

Then WE received a nice thank you letter from the people who bought our house. I've always felt guilty for not telling them about that hole in the basement foundation that is a portal to the Fifth Circle of Hell.

I'm just assuming they discovered it for themselves.

faithstwin said...

Well, Emaw, I can definitely see why you would feel some guilt over that lack of news.

If you must write about the people surrounding you, fine. I'm sure if someone bought my house right now I would tell them the house is on one of THE friendliest streets ever- except for the really nice people who live next door that neglect their little dog. Oh and the neighbors down the hill that have 4 kids and apparently talked their friends into buying the house right next to theirs and they brought their 3 kids so every afternoon during nice weather I now have to listen to sounds akin to having a childcare center in my back yard...

I dunno, I just don't see the need, but do what you want (you always do!).

statia said...

I'm kind of sad about you leaving Jeffers.

I haven't been on the internet much, so I'm just catching up on all of your bidness. But dude, you're MOVING. Congrats.

christinag said...

Hmmmm, mentioning NOW that the house is haunted might be an issue :) Just make sure that you don't write anything that might come back to haunt you later (no pun intended).

If you reveal anything that should have been disclosed.....trouble.

Faith said...

The day I run into a disclosure statement that includes reference to any haunting/paranormal activity in the house will be an interesting one, to say the least!

But good point, christinag. If I actually were an asshole homeowner who sold my house while willingly not disclosing important information, then I'd take your advice to heart for sure.

Since ghosts don't apply to those kinds of disclosures, and I'm NOT an asshole homeowner, I should be good to go.