On Tuesday Troy Pappas came to spend part of the day with me. Coming up early from Virginia Beach, we were together for two of my three inspections that day. It was good to spend time with a fellow home inspector!
On one house there was a large, wrap-around front porch. I noticed that the ceiling was not painted blue. There is a tradition of painting front porch ceilings blue in Virginia, and perhaps elsewhere, and that is so for a reason. An important part of any home inspection is explaining why it should be blue. Troy heard me!
One of my fluff classes at the University of Virginia was called "Virginia Folklore." It was a very fun class, all about the sayings and rhymes and songs and traditions that we are all familiar with, at least in part.
One tradition I learned about in class was that of painting a front porch ceiling light blue. In Virginia it was called "Haint Blue." In olden times ghosts were called "haints." I see light blue ceilings everywhere, and virtually every week on my home inspections.
Some people do it to bring a nice blue sky onto the porch during a cloudy day. That is NOT the reason. The real reason is, according to traditional Virginia folklore, that a haint blue porch ceiling wards off ghosts! This is Virginia - we have a lot of those here!
If it is not painted blue I dutifully note it as a home inspection deficiency and warn the buyers... ;>)
Well, on an inspection today I noted pulling up to the house that the porch ceiling was white. White! I felt an immediate chill.
While up on the roof, knocking around with my thermal infrared camera, I looked into a window and boom! There it was! An image!
Ghosts are far easier to see in a reflection or mirror (unlike vampires...) and he was sitting on the ridge of the roof, just staring at me. In the image the purple color shows his cold eyes and cold heart. Looking into his eyes was like looking right into his skull! And he was holding out his warm, yellow hands like he was asking for something. Sure, like I'm carrying ghost collectibles around during an inspection. I shuddered!
I turned around and looked in his direction, and boom, he was gone! Just like that...
My recommendation: Paint your front porch ceilings a beautiful light blue! Don't let happen to you what happened to me...
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