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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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    • DavidT67
    • By DavidT67 11th Jul 17, 7:35 PM
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    The original estate agent's brochure from 1910 when the house was built under the stairs.

    Commerative newspapers from Queen's wedding when carpets were put down.

    Then Princess Margaret's wedding newspapers when nylon carpet was put directly on top of the previous carpet !
    • z1a
    • By z1a 11th Jul 17, 8:03 PM
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    All his tools, he was a joiner and avid DIYer. Bought house from his Son when he died, he didn't want or need anything so told us to keep or throw anything.
    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 11th Jul 17, 8:07 PM
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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!).
    Originally posted by Ithaca
    We had conkers in an airing cupboard at a rental once too - I think I left them there when we moved out
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    • Zippeh
    • By Zippeh 11th Jul 17, 8:36 PM
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    A cotton bud with blood on it. Yey.
    • DREKLY
    • By DREKLY 11th Jul 17, 9:15 PM
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    DREKLY
    an elephant, in a trunk, in the loft,
    prevoius owner was a magician....

    A week later, the elephant disappeared too...
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    • kilby_007
    • By kilby_007 11th Jul 17, 9:40 PM
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    When we moved into our last house there were dozens of large boxes of school books (literally hundreds if not thousands of books - 40 or 50 copies of 20 or so titles). There was no identification for which school they belonged to so we donated them via a friend to a local high school.
    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 11th Jul 17, 9:44 PM
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    I moved into a student house once that had so many toenail clippings on the carpets, in every single room, that I couldn't believe they'd come from just the previous inhabitants.

    I think they must have invited a few hundred of their friends round for a toenail cutting party on their last night in the place. Its the only explanation I can come up with.
    • Murphybear
    • By Murphybear 12th Jul 17, 2:59 AM
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    What amazing things people find.
    • Harryp_24
    • By Harryp_24 12th Jul 17, 5:01 AM
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    A tree branch, glued to a wall in a corner. !!!!ing weird. Also an Nintendo, a Harry Potter book and a 29 year old bottle of champagne worth £150. We drank it and it was !!!!ing horrible.
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 12th Jul 17, 11:00 AM
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    A tree branch, glued to a wall in a corner. !!!!ing weird. Also an Nintendo, a Harry Potter book and a 29 year old bottle of champagne worth £150. We drank it and it was !!!!ing horrible.
    Originally posted by Harryp_24

    Hmm, we've still got a bottle of 1995 Moet our tenants left behind in the garage when they moved out. Hope it's still worth drinking, OH suggested we crack it open when we had our offer accepted on the next house, good job we didn't as the new purchase is taking forever.
    • DumbMuscle
    • By DumbMuscle 12th Jul 17, 11:08 AM
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    an elephant, in a trunk, in the loft,
    prevoius owner was a magician....

    A week later, the elephant disappeared too...
    Originally posted by DREKLY
    I hope you checked your fridge for footprints in the butter!
    • SquirrelSmall
    • By SquirrelSmall 12th Jul 17, 11:10 AM
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    When I moved onto my boat earlier this year I had to dispose of: assorted y-fronts; very battered pans; several sets of broken fairy lights; enough bedding to fill two cars (Battersea Dogs Home was v grateful). It took two weekends to clean the boat; if anyone noticed a bleach shortage in London, you can blame me.
    (And there were hairs of the non-head variety in the cutlery drawer).
    • Brighty
    • By Brighty 12th Jul 17, 11:46 AM
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    When we moved into a rented place about 9yrs ago, we found loads of junk up in the loft. The most interesting find was a large holdall filled to the brim with pornographic magazines, some of it of quite a strong exotic and erm 'specialist' nature. Also in the holdall were a number of old boarding passes for ferry trips to Amsterdam, the names on them matched the name written on the holdall nametag, which also happened to match with the name of our landlords. Lol
    Last edited by Brighty; 12-07-2017 at 12:26 PM.
    • Callie22
    • By Callie22 12th Jul 17, 12:03 PM
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    Little stashes of pills and razorblades all over the house The previous owner was an elderly gentleman who had suffered from dementia, and we bought the house after he'd gone into a home. The house was in a really filthy state with loads of stuff left everywhere, but it was the pills and razorblades that really upset me. There were about half a dozen small stashes on top of cabinets and hidden at the back of shelves.
    • Murphybear
    • By Murphybear 13th Jul 17, 7:46 AM
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    A tree branch, glued to a wall in a corner. !!!!ing weird. Also an Nintendo, a Harry Potter book and a 29 year old bottle of champagne worth £150. We drank it and it was !!!!ing horrible.
    Originally posted by Harryp_24
    You should have sold the champagne instead
    • Murphybear
    • By Murphybear 13th Jul 17, 7:48 AM
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    Little stashes of pills and razorblades all over the house The previous owner was an elderly gentleman who had suffered from dementia, and we bought the house after he'd gone into a home. The house was in a really filthy state with loads of stuff left everywhere, but it was the pills and razorblades that really upset me. There were about half a dozen small stashes on top of cabinets and hidden at the back of shelves.
    Originally posted by Callie22
    When we moved into our present house we found a huge bag of pills. No idea what they were as the previous occupants were Polish and all the pills had obviously been obtained there. We dropped them off at the pharmacy for safe disposal
    • Murphybear
    • By Murphybear 13th Jul 17, 7:50 AM
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    We are moving soon and the current occupants are downsizing so they will be leaving a few things including a piano. Is it to late to learn? I'm 65 2 weeks after we move
    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 13th Jul 17, 9:06 AM
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    We are moving soon and the current occupants are downsizing so they will be leaving a few things including a piano. Is it to late to learn? I'm 65 2 weeks after we move
    Originally posted by Murphybear
    That's a bit cheeky, it costs a fortune to move a piano so they're just making it your problem!
    • Caroline_a
    • By Caroline_a 13th Jul 17, 9:15 AM
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    We are moving soon and the current occupants are downsizing so they will be leaving a few things including a piano. Is it to late to learn? I'm 65 2 weeks after we move
    Originally posted by Murphybear
    Please get them to dispose of this! As Red Squirrel said it costs a lot of money to move a piano and there is little if any resale price because it is outweighed by the removal costs.
    • oystercatcher
    • By oystercatcher 13th Jul 17, 9:29 AM
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    My son bought a house from a single man. In the loft he found photographs and paperwork relating to a stillbirth . Very sad

    Following on from the person with the toy monkey that has moved with them. When we bought our first house in 1984 there was a tiny wooden penguin sitting on the dining room windowsill. Three houses later and we still have a little wooden penguin looking out of the dining room window. When I tried to explain to my cleaner she though I was mad !
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