again you want to make a sketch of the entire
layout of each floor. Leave nothing out
include closets bathrooms, and any other small built
Cloths drops are occasional found in older homes
they are located above the laundry room down stairs.
any noise downstairs can travel easily though them.
note of missing floor boards, holes in floor,
wires or anything that you need to make your team
aware of before entering in the dark...Always SAFETY
Note over all condition of each room. Take deep
breaths and make note of any smells.
Pay attention to heat vents as they can be a source
of drafts as well as carry sound. Check electrical
outlets for drafts as well as any signs of shorts.
Check the windows from the inside, again look for
cracks, missing pains, rattling windows.
occasionally you will find plastic sheets on the
inside to help insulate the windows, check to see if
they are sealed to the frame well.
In the event of a strong breeze or high wind gust
the plastic has been known to buzz or if loose flap,
keep this in mind and compare the possible sound of
that, that a witness describes.
Check all the interior doors to see if they close
and latch properly, make note of those which swing
open or closed by themselves or if there hard to
open or close.
Observe broken light fixtures and loose wires
extension cords and check the switches to see if
they function correctly.
Make note of all the electrical breaker boxes and be
sure to take EMF readings as the typical have high
readings. Its not unusual but try to see how far
away you need to step away before you get back to an
feet would be acceptable 10 feet would be cause for
concern as it could create a "fear cage" effect or
even cause one to feel ill even cause skin
irritations' and rashes.
Next you want to check all the facets, sinks, bath
tubs and toilets. Make sure the sinks don't leak,
the facets all turn on and off correctly. Do the
same with the bath or shower.
Turn the handles on quickly on full then turn the
off and listen to see if you hear the pipes hammer
or pound and also if the water flow can be heard in
wall or floor or ceilings in other parts of the
Be careful when turning on and off the water not to
splashing it all over and making a huge mess...
With that you now will want to check the basement,
cellar or crawl space (use your digression). Here
you want to examine the foundation for cracks and or
water damage, broken windows, visible holes to the
outside making notes of any problems.
You'll want to check wiring and note any large
cluster. Be sure to take EMF readings and note exact
locating practically if there in the ceiling. Be
sure to note that in the records for the room/s
located directly above.
Look for small transformers that are often related
to doorbells and old phone lines they too emit high
EMF reading and will need to be noted.
a furnace or boiler is present you want to check all
exterior parts, access doors vents and pipes. Be
sure to note any rattle or noise of any kind when
shook or pushed against.
Check and be sure all water lines are secure and
don't move and knock when lightly shook. If possible
be in the basement while another member turns on and
off the water and see if the the pipe hammer.
That's about it, note any hazard or thing to be
aware of and then later upon arrival with your team,
prior to going in or doing any set up, gather all
members and go over all the details put the emphasis
on any hazards or things they need to be aware of.
And last be safe and have fun.