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'Haunted house testers' are paid to spend the night

November 18, 2021 | Comment icon 4 comments

Would you spend the night in haunted houses for money ? Image Credit: Pixabay / Tama66
In China, real-estate agencies have a novel way of proving to potential buyers that their properties aren't haunted.
While for some paranormal enthusiasts the idea of living in a haunted house might sound quite appealing, for most people, buying an allegedly haunted property is an absolute non-starter.

This is particularly problematic in China, where some real-estate agencies have gone to extraordinary lengths to prove to buyers that the houses they are selling are one-hundred percent ghost-free.

Their most effective weapon - 'haunted house testers' - a group of individuals who are literally paid to spend 24 hours in a specific abode to show that nothing paranormal is going on there.

They will typically be called in if a particular house has a haunted reputation or if some tragedy has occurred there, such as the 'unnatural death' of the former occupant.
One such tester, Zhang, claims that he is paid 1 yuan (around 16 cents) for every minute he spends in the house, which comes to around $230 for the whole 24-hour period.

During his time there, he will often call his employers over video phone to let them know that everything is ok.

"The new owners don't dare to visit the property, so they pay someone else to do it, to see if it's safe," he told The South China Post.

"This job is not suitable for full-time work, but it can be flexible as an extra income. People who do this job have to travel all over the country, not knowing where their next destination will be."

"Some of my friends say it's an easy job, just sleep one night and get paid. They ask me to find clients but most are scared, many give up after the first try."

Source: Oddity Central | Comments (4)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Jon the frog 19 days ago
That's nice and interesting ! Would be glad to test haunted house ! Don't know how you can declare a house ''haunted'' tho... 
Comment icon #2 Posted by csspwns 19 days ago
Or as a way to prove hauntings don't exist at all. Would probably need someone with a scientific or engineering background to stay at those properties though and can accurately record their experience/findings as well as rule out every natural/mechanical possibility and explanation. Also armed/protected since any physical/tangible noises that allude to hauntings will probably be due to animals in the house, wind, etc rather than the paranormal. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by Jon the frog 19 days ago
Sorry to post that one but it's hilarious ! It's in a haunted house ! Well the one made to scare people... https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3804434  
Comment icon #4 Posted by jethrofloyd 19 days ago
If you see Jack Nicholson at the end of the house hall, be sure it's haunted!

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