Don’t just do night investigations. Night is great for infrared cameras and getting audio recordings (because places are typically quieter), but early morning can be just as good for ghost hunting, and less scary.
Have multiple digital voice recorders. Most of the ghost teams use multiple recorders, each placed in various locations.
Bring lots of batteries. The dead pull energy from a variety of sources in order to communicate with the living. When it comes to energy sources, batteries are a prime target. So always bring extras.
Take loads of photos. Take scores of random photos. You always snap three pictures in the same direction because you never know what you’re going to get.
Don’t expect a result every time. You may go off to a place and take 500 photos and get nothing. That’s the way of the paranormal — not every visit will be a gold mine of haunted happenings.
Choose your team well. You need to have members that are reliable, trustworthy and professional, Also, everyone on the team needs to get along.
Ask permission. Many haunted locations require permission to visit, so be sure to ask for it from the proper authorities.
Plan on returning. When we do investigations, we like to be able to return to the place we’re investigating to validate what happened.
Prepare to pony up some cash. Because we don’t charge for our services, we spend all our money for our equipment, travel and lodging. And that equipment is expensive. I would say we have $20,000 to $25,000 tied into equipment.
Know that it takes time and patience. The investigation itself takes hours and the playback takes just as long — if not longer. That’s probably the most time consuming of what you do, listening back to everything, you don’t want to make a mistake.
Get liability insurance. If you’re in a home and something happens and you’re not insured, you’re liable for it and you’re going to get sued. A lot of paranormal teams don’t realize that.
Don’t ask yes or no questions. When it comes to getting recorded audio of ghost responses, it’s important that you try and get full sentences out of the spirits. Yes and no can be misconstrued as mechanical noises or a quick inhaled breath. A full sentence is a lot harder to discount.
Respect the dead. You would be surprised how much you can get just by being nice and saying ‘thank you’ and ‘please, spirits respond faster when manners are being used.
When desperate, be rude. If you absolutely must get a reaction from a ghost, provocation can sometimes be effective. After making contact, always apologizes before continuing to interact with the ghost.