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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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    • aneary
    • By aneary 10th Jul 17, 1:33 PM
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    A health workers uniform in the washing machine, two broken sets of drawers and a filthy flat in general.
    (Renting btw)
    • cannyshopper
    • By cannyshopper 10th Jul 17, 1:35 PM
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    an album of wedding photos, left in a built-in wardrobe.
    From the style of the clothes/hair etc I think it probably dated from the early 1970's.
    It didn't look like the people we'd bought the house from, and I am ashamed to admit I never got round to contacting them to ask. (almost 25 years ago now)
    • plasticcheese
    • By plasticcheese 10th Jul 17, 1:37 PM
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    Bed pans in the loft, an ancient microscope and a selection of industrial welding gas bottles, still full.
    • n217970
    • By n217970 10th Jul 17, 2:20 PM
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    A pile of dog droppings in the utility room (where they used to keep the poor mutt) and loads of stuff in the garage they were coming back for despite them moving out 2 weeks before hand. Among this stuff was a brand new BBQ utensil set. Guess what I used to clean up the dog mess?

    They did eventually collect the stuff (and BBQ set) after I let them know it was all at the end of the drive with a "Free" sign on it.
    • tykesi
    • By tykesi 10th Jul 17, 2:28 PM
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    My parents found a chest full of postcards, greetings cards, letters and photographs in a house they bought in the early 70's. Still got it to this day and as yet still not gone through it to have a look.
    • csgohan4
    • By csgohan4 10th Jul 17, 3:31 PM
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    A pile of dog droppings in the utility room (where they used to keep the poor mutt) and loads of stuff in the garage they were coming back for despite them moving out 2 weeks before hand. Among this stuff was a brand new BBQ utensil set. Guess what I used to clean up the dog mess?

    They did eventually collect the stuff (and BBQ set) after I let them know it was all at the end of the drive with a "Free" sign on it.
    Originally posted by n217970
    I hope they didn't use the utensil set for human use.
    "It is prudent when shopping for something important, not to limit yourself to Pound land"
    • trailingspouse
    • By trailingspouse 10th Jul 17, 4:05 PM
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    A telegraph pole.
    • Bossypants
    • By Bossypants 10th Jul 17, 4:14 PM
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    I arrived in my previous place to find a manky old wooden table on the patio. It had obviously been outside in all weather for at lease a couple of years and looking very the worse for wear, the wood was totally grey and splitting. It had good proportions and a great carved base, though, so I brought it inside and had my French polisher friend round to take a look. It turned out to be teak, so I paid him to clean it up (started out trying to do it myself but it was too far gone and really needed a pro to bring it back) and now have a beautiful dining table for only the cost of his very reasonably priced labour.

    The worst story I've personally heard was when my brother bought his flat. The vendors had left him a lovely plate of homemade butterfly cupcakes topped with fresh cream, only he was on holiday at the time of completion (he was coming from rented with a bit of overlap), so he didn't actually get the keys until two weeks later. This was in July, so the cream was getting quite manky by the time he found them. :\
    • tacpot12
    • By tacpot12 10th Jul 17, 4:59 PM
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    As a nine year old, I found six rounds of .22 Long Rifle ammunition in a large tray of screws left in the garden shed of the house my parents bought in 1975. My Dad dropped them off at the Police Station in the village.
    • TheGardener
    • By TheGardener 10th Jul 17, 6:09 PM
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    Gosh - where to start - great washing basket, fab little bulbous seedling water'er , big vintage mixing bowl, a beautiful mauve cashmere jumper, really good garden fork, about a dozen little pottery wade figures (down the back of a gas fire) a wrought iron candelabra, an early ercol arm chair, a collection of spanners, screwdrivers and other assorted decorating tools...I've moved around a bit but every property has had something and most of the above are still in use.

    The only nasties have been a few dead mice, a manky washing up cloth full of maggots and a cat litter tray.
    • phoebe1989seb
    • By phoebe1989seb 10th Jul 17, 11:55 PM
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    Twenty years ago we bought a house - it was actually four flats that we went on to convert back to a single family home - and moved in to find the vendor had left fifty-seven pieces of furniture behind!

    One room had been kitted out as a dark room with polystyrene over doors and windows attached with duct tape and there were various guitars and tennis rackets hanging from the walls. In the cellar were several carpets so damp/rotten they fell apart as you touched them.

    Sadly nothing was of any great value so we skipped the lot.

    Last house the vendors left two lovely old, weathered staddle stones. Rather annoyingly they took about eight more with them. They also left a carport full of timber. Some was of no use, but there were some interesting old beams we were able to re-use when we restored the property and an unusual pair of Georgian arch-topped doors we couldn't re-use, but sold for a couple of hundred quid on fleabay

    Current house the vendor left behind a floor-standing safe in the cellar. Unfortunately it was empty. Nearly three years later it's still there as we've been unable to move the blooming thing
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    • FutureDreams
    • By FutureDreams 10th Jul 17, 11:58 PM
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    Their porn collection in the airing cupboard
    • jessex1990
    • By jessex1990 11th Jul 17, 3:40 AM
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    A massive saw, her passport, letters from her bank, her benefits, her boyfriends bank card and bags and bags of clothing. Very very weird especially as it was owned by her parents.
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 11th Jul 17, 7:51 AM
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    In the attic of my first house, I found lots of watercolour paintings and all the paperwork relating to a previous occupant's case as a conscientious objector during WW2.

    This was slightly puzzling, because the road was bombed and received a direct hit in 1942 resulting in total demolition. Perhaps he took his paperwork up onto the golf course, where most residents went during the short Blitz on our city.

    Sadly, his artistic talent was about as good as his ability to defend the realm.
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • ThemeOne
    • By ThemeOne 11th Jul 17, 8:31 AM
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    A pair of glasses was left in the flat I moved into. In the one I sold, I'd already arranged to leave the freezer then, too late, realised I'd forgotten to empty it of food!
    • NelliePie
    • By NelliePie 11th Jul 17, 9:28 AM
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    Our sellers only had the house 15 months before selling to us, the lady before them had a cat... WE found the half a mouse behind the cooker....
    They also left us a creepy stuffed Captain Hook teddy in the loft (which was one only thing left in there), a rather rusted (but once cleaned, useful) chimnea and a gym bench, although he took the punchbag and weights he left the bracket and bench.
    When life gives you lemons, find the tequila!
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    • armchaireconomist
    • By armchaireconomist 11th Jul 17, 9:41 AM
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    Not necessarily previous owner, but I found a mummified bird (absolutely no decomposing) behind an original skirting board of a 100+ year old house. It is was in an internal wall, so only way it could've got there was during construction... thought it was a statue at first
    • MoneySavingNovice
    • By MoneySavingNovice 11th Jul 17, 9:50 AM
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    A copy of the 1969 Melbourne (Australia) Telephone directory.

    The house was in Manchester (England). After I threw it away some mentioned that it might have contained the telephone number of Ronnie Briggs, the great train robber, as he lived on the run in Melbourne at that point.

    • Fonque
    • By Fonque 11th Jul 17, 6:56 PM
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    Previous tenant left some tiles, window blind, a very useful bucket and mop in the outbuilding along with a box of junior championship trophies. Also in the flat itself, some wood polish, two sponges, lavender airspray and a fossilised cat turd under the kitchen unit. Delightful.
    Do not make any sudden moves.
    • choccyface2006
    • By choccyface2006 11th Jul 17, 7:01 PM
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    An original signed photo of Paddy McGuinness which we sold for 10 after not being able to give him away at a car boot sale!

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