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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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    • tori.k
    • By tori.k 13th Jul 17, 9:35 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....
    Originally posted by NelliePie
    We had the cat left in our previous home, the tennent's had been squatting for some time when the owners decided to give up and sell, when they finally left they had pretty much stripped the place bare which was fine as we had planned to anyway, but the miserable barsteward had trapped there cat in the kitchen when moving out and left the poor thing there, it was two days before we entered the property and found her. After a trip to the vets our new next door neighbor took the little mite in and nursed her back to health, and she lived happily between our two houses for the next twelve years until she past away.
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    • Jane2112
    • By Jane2112 16th Jul 17, 6:23 PM
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    There are some very sad finds on this thread.

    When we moved about 19 years ago, we found a signed photograph of Michael Barrymore in the loft!!!! It took pride of place at our house warming / bad taste party. The whole house was pink when we moved in
    PS - the bathroom still is.
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    • dotchas
    • By dotchas 16th Jul 17, 10:20 PM
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    When we bought a BTL in a probate sale,we inherited all sorts of stuff. Furniture, Dyson, steam cleaner, photos, bank statements etc even car keys but no car!. Also a cuddly lion, which I have kept as I collect teddy bears. When visiting our tenant when she moved in she had the same lion on a shelf in her bedroom!
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    • NaughtiusMaximus
    • By NaughtiusMaximus 20th Jul 17, 2:33 PM
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    I once moved into a rented property where there was a very welcome unopened bottle of vodka in the freezer
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 8th Sep 17, 1:42 PM
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    Resurecting this thread, apparently our vendor has left us a grass snake living in the compost/garden waste bin. I did say to the solicitor I thought we were supposed to have vacant possession......
    • Ronaldo Mconaldo
    • By Ronaldo Mconaldo 8th Sep 17, 1:59 PM
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    Ronaldo Mconaldo
    Hey, We moved 2 weeks ago and I can contribute to this thread in force. When we emptied our old house we left a couple of things behind that we couldn't fit in the bin that maybe the buyers could use like some rickety garden furniture and also a couple of boxes of unopened boxes of floor tiles that I couldn't be bothered getting down from the loft. Apart from a couple of things our house was entirely empty...

    Then we moved into our new house and I don't know what they were doing when they were packing. First thing was that they left 3 mountain bikes behind in the shed. Unfortunately it turns out that they didn't have any room in the removal van for them but the removal men had claimed them and this was written in a note to us. We hoped they'd forget but they came round for them last weekend.

    Anyway, apart from that we have found quite a lot of useful stuff that they didn't take: Scrabble game, chess set, book of stamps, unopened extension lead. I found a booze cupboard with a few half drunk bottles in it, not sure if I'll drink those or pour them down the sink though.

    After a bit of further investigation though I found a cupboard in the study that they mustn't have even touched when it came to packing that is full of personal stuff. Firstly there's loads of photo albums dating back to the early 90's as far as i can tell. There's also some school work that has been saved from their kids from about 10 years ago from what I can tell.

    I think I'll pack up these personal things and try to get it to them.

    I haven't been up in the loft yet but I dread to think what I'm going to find. It's quite a big house and they had to leave in a hurry, I think they were a family of 5 and some things must have been overlooked but there really has been loads of stuff left behind. Bizarre.
    • Natbag
    • By Natbag 8th Sep 17, 2:00 PM
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    I *think* in my last home I may have left Roger in the loft - Roger is the inflatable that my friends brought along on my hen do!
    • wishuponastar
    • By wishuponastar 8th Sep 17, 3:07 PM
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    Someone would have got a lot of great stuff left behind when my mum sold her garage/lock up. She didn't use it and i asked if i could use it to store my things including furniture etc, household stuff etc, gifts that I'd been given, whilst i was away travelling for 6 months. The garage itself wasn't in great condition but i had covered the things up well and so i didn't mind that. She said it was fine and i asked her if she had any plans to sell and she said she didn't but would let me know if so. Next thing i hear on the family grapevine is that she's sold it three months prior to me finding out! When i said i had my stuff in there, she replied, well you need to let it go sometime! I was so annoyed with her after that and still am.
    • ShaneJMullan
    • By ShaneJMullan 8th Sep 17, 3:31 PM
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    Some interesting reads here !!!128514;. When I moved into my last place I explored the attic and found some traffic lights!! I don't even know how they got them up there, they were so huge
    • rae123
    • By rae123 8th Sep 17, 3:46 PM
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    When we moved in to our rented apartment we found a mouse trap under the sofa - odd as we are on the 15th floor!!! No mouse in the trap and no sign of one... so far....
    • jack_pott
    • By jack_pott 8th Sep 17, 3:48 PM
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    A press for making false teeth.

    A neighbour used to buy cars, pull them to bits, then get bored with them, so when he moved out the new neighbour had the joy of digging up all the engines that were buried in the back garden.
    • glennevis
    • By glennevis 8th Sep 17, 4:00 PM
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    I found a small white knitted seagull, wings outstretched, hanging from the light pendant in the kiddie's bedroom. Left it hanging for 22 years but I didn't have the heart to throw him away so brought him with me when I moved.
    • hazyjo
    • By hazyjo 8th Sep 17, 4:13 PM
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    Was listening to the radio the other day and the DJ said he found a massive pot under the stairs with a label saying 'SKIN' on the side

    Even worse - it's a house I viewed (and wanted) before he bought it!
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    • Francesanne
    • By Francesanne 8th Sep 17, 4:39 PM
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    You should get the postcards and photographs valued. You might get a nice surprise.
    • spendinglikemad
    • By spendinglikemad 9th Sep 17, 4:45 PM
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    Loads of stuff:
    Full shed of woodworking tools and coveralls - son and DH very pleased
    Seeds and gardening stuff - I was very pleased
    lovely sideboard and dining table
    conservatory furniture
    Full set of cutlery
    Cook books, tea towels
    Framed pictures
    Bedroom furniture and lovely old wardrobe (with a labelled shelf for hats) house is 1920s
    nice old filing cabinet
    To be honest not thrown much away apart from 2 non functioning hoovers and an old exercise bike
    still have some little pottery models on old fireplaces

    Family of 4 plus cat & pup!
    • decbel
    • By decbel 9th Sep 17, 4:50 PM
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    A huge cardboard box of pornographic films on VHS.

    Just as well I've still got a video recorder!
    • csgohan4
    • By csgohan4 9th Sep 17, 6:42 PM
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    A huge cardboard box of pornographic films on VHS.

    Just as well I've still got a video recorder!
    Originally posted by decbel
    Hope they left behind some tissues
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    • teddysmum
    • By teddysmum 9th Sep 17, 7:35 PM
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    This is not a house that we bought, but I have often wondered whether what we saw was left for the buyers.

    It was a large old house which my in-laws to be wanted to co-buy and live with us (flats). I'm so pleased as the items, viewed though a downstairs window put us off so we went for a newbuild,meaning no house share with my mother-on-law, with whom I never did get on.

    The room we viewed contained a made up bed with the imprint of whoever last lay in it ,commode, clothing, medicines and lots of other medical items, including intravenous tubes with needles still attached. We found it very creepy.
    • knightstyle
    • By knightstyle 9th Sep 17, 8:51 PM
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    DS bought a hall for his business and whilst we were rewiring it found several "rifles" in the floor void. On closer examination they were bits of water pipe fixed to wooden stocks. Must have been used for drill practice or perhaps the home guard?
    They were full of wood worm so we binned them along with lots of other junk.
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