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    • KateySW
    • By KateySW 10th Jul 17, 11:27 AM
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    What's the oddest thing your seller has left in your new home?
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    • 10th Jul 17, 11:27 AM
    What's the oddest thing your seller has left in your new home? 10th Jul 17 at 11:27 AM
    I've only moved into our new house a couple of weeks ago and have been trying to properly clean each room as we unpack (it's been a gradual move as we were still renting our flat). I was cleaning the kitchen over the weekend and have found so many things under the oven and some other kitchen units, including loads of small children's toys, clothes pegs, ping pong balls (?), and (bit more yucky) old apple cores, bits of cheese and other large chunks of mouldy indistinguishable food

    I mean, tad gross but I know they probably didn't think to check under there... It just made me think though that this must happen quite often. I've always rented until this point so have usually moved into places which have included in the contract that they be professionally cleaned.

    So, what's the weirdest things previous dwellers have left you when you've moved in? I'm sure there's a lot worse out there than mouldy food!
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    • Clutterfree
    • By Clutterfree 10th Jul 17, 11:38 AM
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    We moved here 10 months ago and when I was cleaning a cupboard in the utility room, at the edge on the shelf the owner had left a loose Stanley knife blade and a hack saw blade! Luckily I was wearing rubber gloves so didn't slice my fingers. I'm sure it was an oversight as they were hidden in the back but what a silly place to store them anyway.
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    • Ithaca
    • By Ithaca 10th Jul 17, 11:39 AM
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    Conkers. Everywhere, all over the place, in literally every corner of the house. We still turn up the odd one or two over two years later.

    Apparently there's a folk myth that conkers keep spiders out of the house so I assume the previous owner (chap in his 80s) scattered them around to keep eight-legged beasties away (doesn't seem to have worked though!).
    • DumbMuscle
    • By DumbMuscle 10th Jul 17, 11:41 AM
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    The last 2 houses I have rented have had a toilet in a box in the shed (left over from renovations, and never moved by the LL)
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 10th Jul 17, 11:41 AM
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    Our tenants when we moved back to this house left us a bottle of wine in the kitchen, not entirely unusual. However I think they forgot about a bottle of champagne and another of port they left in a cupboard in the garage.

    When we bought the house we inherited a long handled cobweb brush which is quite useful still. And a folding wooden ruler I use when wallpapering.
    • Tiners
    • By Tiners 10th Jul 17, 11:50 AM
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    There was a small gap of about 10cm in the the kitchen kick boards of one house I bought, when I was ripping the kitchen out I found 16 dog balls that had all been lost behind the base units due to this gap.

    Knowing how upset my dog gets when he loses a ball under the coffee table or sofa (whines endlessly until someone retrieves it for him) I'm guessing the previous owners must have had one very frustrated dog!
    • eddddy
    • By eddddy 10th Jul 17, 11:58 AM
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    • 10th Jul 17, 11:58 AM
    A 'meals on wheels' ready meal in the oven - so burnt, it looked like a roast dinner made of charcoal!

    It was a sad reminder that the previous occupant had died - presumably with his dinner warming in the oven - and it was some time before he was found!
    • hazyjo
    • By hazyjo 10th Jul 17, 12:04 PM
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    • 10th Jul 17, 12:04 PM
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    Several huge stashes of porn mags in the loft lol (if that's filtered out, 'dirty mags' will do).
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    • mgarl10024
    • By mgarl10024 10th Jul 17, 12:04 PM
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    When my able-bodied parents moved in to their new place, I discovered a zimmer frame in the attic. Mum was not impressed when I offered it to her.
    • KateySW
    • By KateySW 10th Jul 17, 12:04 PM
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    A 'meals on wheels' ready meal in the oven - so burnt, it looked like a roast dinner made of charcoal!

    It was a sad reminder that the previous occupant had died - presumably with his dinner warming in the oven - and it was some time before he was found!
    Originally posted by eddddy
    Oh no, that is really sad feel grateful mine wasn't something like that!
    • Murphybear
    • By Murphybear 10th Jul 17, 12:19 PM
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    We bought a bungalow some years ago and there was a clock in the shape of a teapot in the kitchen. 5 house moves later we've still got it
    • cloo
    • By cloo 10th Jul 17, 12:28 PM
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    The previous owner was Italian and we kept of find 'stealth Marys' and crucifixes in cupboards!
    • ssparks2003
    • By ssparks2003 10th Jul 17, 12:39 PM
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    I don't know about odd but i do seem to gain items whenever i move into a house. When we brought the current house the seller said they had left a chest of draws as the van was full, they were going to take it to the tip but if we were ok they would leave it with us, fine i said; it turned out to be 2 chest of draws, 2 free standing wardrobes, a dressing table, and a large side board. All well made solid wood furniture, thank you very much.

    The previous house was a garage full of tool as it was a deceased estate, 90% of them i kept as they were well made british hand tools. I almost look forward to the next move.
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 10th Jul 17, 1:01 PM
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    Just remembered, OH inherited a filing cabinet left behind in an outhouse, we still have it in our shed. Scruffy but full of stuff. There was also a toy monkey hanging on a nail in the outhouse, OH found it quite funny when he unpacked what the removals people had packed and found the monkey had moved with him. It's now hanging on a nail in our garage, 2 moves from where it was found.
    • Clairabella
    • By Clairabella 10th Jul 17, 1:03 PM
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    We had a box of laxatives along with a briefcase full of share certificates! The laxatives went in the bin, the briefcase to the estate agent to be returned to the elderly vendor.
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 10th Jul 17, 1:03 PM
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    Several huge stashes of porn mags in the loft lol (if that's filtered out, 'dirty mags' will do).
    Originally posted by hazyjo
    My friend moved into a room which had previously been rented by friends of hers in a house share. She was not best impressed on finding mags and dirty knickers under the bed. I think they fell out over it and never spoke again.
    • Viking_mfw
    • By Viking_mfw 10th Jul 17, 1:07 PM
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    A loft full of stuff
    I 'inherited' my clothes pegs and bag from my previous house's deceased owner and that was really useful. In my current house, I learned late in the day that the previous owners had been hoarders before renting out. The loft was absolutely packed with stuff. Largest proportion was cardboard boxes containing the empty boxes of things like model cars and Tetley figurines - boxes and boxes of them. Also in the loft an entire green plastic garden set, two deckchairs with cushions, an elderly hi-fi, an ornate and ancient carved needlework frame and two entire car bucket seats. Two suitcases of glass and ceramics which mostlt went to Oxfam. Filled a skip plus a load of goes to the tip in addition to the odds and sods we kept.

    It really made me think about what was actually worth keeping hold of!
    • Fosterdog
    • By Fosterdog 10th Jul 17, 1:20 PM
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    We found the back of the cupboard in the utility room pushed back and no longer attached to the unit so a few things had fallen behind and under. Most random was a travel hair dryer in a little case.

    A friend bought a probate sale house and found a commode left there
    • Mr da
    • By Mr da 10th Jul 17, 1:28 PM
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    Coat hangers, over 300 of them
    • keith969
    • By keith969 10th Jul 17, 1:33 PM
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    I found a working clothes mangle, probably of similar age to the house (1860's).
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