Is Your Home Unlucky? 13 Property Superstitions
With Friday 13th upon us, we’re taking a look at some of the spookiest superstitions when it comes to buying, selling, renting or moving home.
If you’re the kind of person who watches out for black cats, salutes magpies, steps over cracks, avoids ladders, carries a rabbit’s foot and swears that you had 7 years of bad luck after breaking that mirror, then read on…with caution.
1. The number 13
We’re starting with the most widely known property superstition – that moving into a number 13 house will bring you bad luck for eternity.
Believe it or not, this national triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13) does have an impact on the property market. When analysing LPS data in 2017 we found that there were significantly fewer number 13 houses registered in NI and these homes have an average unadjusted capital value of £107,755 – compared to £119,164 for number 12’s and £119,294 for number 14’s.
(Of course, if you aren’t superstitious at all, this is great luck for you as you can bag yourself a cheaper home.)
If you want luck, look out for 8’s – either in the house number or the asking price. In Chinese, 8 is pronounced ‘ba’ which sounds like ‘fa’, meaning wealth and prosperity.
2. Throw your old broom in the bin
If you’re in the process of packing up to move into a new property then stop what you’re doing right now and THROW YOUR OLD BROOMS IN THE BIN.
Many people believe that bringing an old broom into a new home will bring the uncleanliness of the previous property into your future abode.
3. Burning sage
To ward off the bad vibes, burn some sage around your home. Sage smudging is an ancient Native American ceremony that is thought to be an essential ritual for cleansing the energy of a new property. Just be careful when carrying fire around your new home. Burning it to the ground would not be considered so lucky.
We all know it’s bad luck to open an umbrella indoors (not to mention unsafe, as you could poke someone’s eye out) but it’s especially important not to do it in a new home. 18th century folklore suggests that umbrellas protect against the storms of life and by opening one inside you run the risk of offending the home’s metaphysical protectors. And these are spirits you don’t want to irritate, as they will unleash a torrent of bad luck on the unruly perpetrator.
5. New shoes on the table
When you’re unpacking your belongings in a new home don’t put any new shoes on the table or else you will die.
In old mining traditions, a miner’s shoes would be placed on the table as a mark of respect after he passed away. So, it is believed that to put your shoes on the table is to tempt fate.
6. Ring the doorbell
When you get the keys to your new property, make sure to ring the doorbell continuously as this will ward off ghosts and evil spirits. Ignore this superstition if you would like to make friends with your neighbours.
7. Exit the same door you entered
This is an old Irish tradition that says when you first leave your home, you should exit through the door you entered or you’ll be plagued with bad luck. Of course this will probably be a pretty easy one to follow, considering how many times you’ll be going back and forth with boxes from the removal van.
8. Don’t move in at the weekend or a rainy day
If you have a removal van booked for the weekend then call them right now and cancel. Fridays and Saturdays are thought to be the unluckiest days to move into a new home and if it’s raining, you’ll have twice the misfortune. So that’s bad news for those who work 9-5 during the week and live in Northern Ireland where it rains 366 days out of the 365 days per year.
8. Bury Joe in the garden
St Joseph is known to be the patron saint of property (there really is a saint for everything, eh?). So if you’re moving into a new home or trying to sell your current dwelling, burying a little statue of Joseph in the garden could help bring you some good luck.
10. Throw your money on the floor
If you want to have a future full of wealth and prosperity (who doesn’t?) then you should scatter coins on the floor of your new living room. Time to crack open that old piggy bank full of coppers!
*Just remember to sweep them up again with a new broom.
11. Steer clear of junctions
If you do manage to find a number 8 house for £88,888 that you can move into on a Thursday and has a garden for St Joseph to be buried, just make sure it’s not situated on a T junction or the curve of a road, as you’ll have bad luck.
12. Break bread
If a friend brings a house warming gift, it better be bread, as a loaf is believed to bring you good fortune. If that friend brings you a vase or a photoframe instead, march them right back out the door they came in (see number 7) and tell them to take their bad luck with them and never return. It’s the only sensible thing to do. Who needs friends like that anyway.
13. Bring your cat
When going to house viewings, why not bring your pet cat along. Place them in the back garden and if they come running back quickly then the house is unlucky.
Yes this might seem like a hassle and the estate agent may not be too amused but it could be worth it in the long run if you move into an unknowingly haunted house. Then you’ll be wishing you’d taken Fluffy with you.
And if none of that works make sure to wear your garlic necklace, throw some salt over your shoulder, chant, spin around in a circle and repeat Candyman five times whilst looking in a mirror.