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Homeowners: did any of you discover your new place had a surprise feature AFTER moving in?

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A member of my team bought a house a while back, but it wasn't until they moved in that they found a giant empty swimming pool in the garden which had been covered over during viewings. They're not sure what to do with it - whether to get it filled in, or turn it into something else.

Is this kind of discovery common? Did you uncover any surprises after moving into your new property?


  • onylononylon Forumite
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    The bathroom door didn't latch and would pop open unexpectedly. If someone opened the front door they would get a clear view of the upstairs loo which was a very unexpected feature. Clearly the sellers family did not value privacy as none of the doors upstairs would close properly. 

    I spent an hour or so rehanging doors before our first house guests arrived.
  • TripleHTripleH Forumite
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    My parents found a proper woven leather whip and a pinball machine in the garage.
    20 years later when they dug up the garage floor, 4 Yorkstone lintels and several Yorkstone slabs they 'sold' to the builder renovating it for a restoration project he was working on.
    May you find your sister soon Helli.
    Sleep well.
  • ThrugelmirThrugelmir Forumite
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    Catsacor said:
    What the hell would disguise a swimming pool that well ?
    Aren't swimmimg pools kept covered when not in use. Sounds as if the purchasers never looked around the garden. 
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