“It usually starts with people saying, ‘I want to avoid this room’ or ‘I get weird vibes in this area,’” she said. “I use white sage and sounds to disrupt vibrations. If there’s a spirit in the house, I can communicate with it. Once the home has been cleared, I put sea salts around the boundary. ”
Patel charges $585 for a house to 3,000 square feet and $700 for larger spaces. The cost was worth the results for Theja Reese and her husband and two teen daughters who hired Patel to perform a house cleansing on their Cumming home a few years ago.
“I went into it with no expectations, thinking if it works it works; if it doesn’t, we’ve lost nothing,” she said. “But every member of my family felt there was a palpable change. The whole house was lighter and more peaceful. In fact, we just moved to a new house, and we’ll have her come out and to the same thing again.”
Having an energy cleansing performed is no different than other things people do under the general heading of “home superstitions,” said McDonald.
“I’ve worked with people who only wanted Eastern-exposed homes for their prayer vigils,” she said. “Some want a house with a blue porch because it’s supposed to scare away ghosts. I’ve had people look at a house number or the floor of the condo building, and if it’s 13, they don’t want it. And of course, I’ve had people bury a statue of St. Joseph upside down under the for-sale sign to help the house sell. It sounds superstitious, but these are things people are concerned about.”
Knowing that people may be superstitious, McDonald always encourages her sellers to disclose anything about the house that might give a buyer pause.
“We have specific topics that are part of the seller’s disclosure: lead paint, radon, flood plain, things known in the house,” she said. “But the sales contract gives the buyer the right to research the house and the presence of sex offenders in the neighborhood. If there’s been a crime, if the house has been a meth lab, I advise my client to disclose it because, if it does come up, you don’t want to shock the buyer. I’ve never had to list a house where something horrible had happened, but if I did, I’d tell the seller to disclose it because in this age of the internet, it’s just too easy to find out.”