To not understand how people can live like this?!

(85 Posts)
RevoltingPeasant Sat 15-Jun-13 17:24:16

DH and I moved into our first owned home together three weeks ago. The people before us owned it for 24 years and I think they probably cleaned once during that time.

So far, I have found
- a kitchen drawer filled with a couple of years' worth of fingernail clippings
- a clump - an actual clump - of black mould hanging off the shower screen
- a half eaten butcher's bone from their dog (I hope)
- dust in the cupboards that was actually caked on

Generally, whole place filthy and covered with dust bunnies. And then today, fleas sad now have to have whole house treated.

DH says i am 'fastidious' but AIBU to really not get how people can live year after year breathing in dust and mould and being bitten by fleas??

BLEURGH. That's all.

teacherandguideleader Sun 16-Jun-13 08:12:28

Have never moved into anywhere grim but I remember living with an ex and moving the sofa to clean and finding all his toe nail clippings under there. His reason was he thought the dust mites would eat them.

We had lived together first in my flat and was clean, but as soon as we moved into our house he stopped following my cleaning 'rules' saying it was his house too. He wouldn't clean the toilet when he was ill (through drink).

We also came home from holiday to discover something had died under the floorboards (I'm sure it was something he had dropped that was at the bottom of it). I had been complaining for a week or so before we went away about the stench (it was vile) but he couldn't smell it and said I was being weird. We came home to a fly infestation. After a long night flight I stayed up to get it all sorted while he went to bed as he wasn't bothered by it.

It didn't take long for me to see the light and we split, but had to continue living together until the house was sorted. I stopped washing up for him and I remember one night him dishing his dinner up on a plate with the previous night's dried baked bean juice on it.

LondonMan Sun 16-Jun-13 18:19:09

Maybe we need the system they have in Switzerland, where apparently a government inspector has to certify that property has been cleaned to an official standard before hand-over can go ahead. In the newspaper column where a British woman recounted her experience of this, one of her inspection failures was because she had not disassembled the kitchen tap and removed lime scale from the inside...

When we moved in the teenage boy had Pantera posters up, he'd graffiti'd his wall, put locks on it which his dad or someone had bust and everything was filthy. It was going to be my 5 year old son's room. One of my friends said, 'ah just leave like that, not long til it'll be like it again!'

We also got loan phonecalls every day for the next year...

Jan49 Mon 17-Jun-13 03:17:00

I'm read this thread fearfully in case the people who bought our old house last year have posted.blush I left it as clean as possible but it was empty for several months before the sale went ahead. They probably wonder why I lived there for 10 years and didn't decorate or replace carpets in that time. Answer to the first part: I was too busy, Answer to the second part, the carpets seemed ok when we bought the house and then I was too busy. I'm also embarrassed about the amount of limescale in the upstairs loo and the condition of the sealant around the bath.blush And a few other things. But I didn't leave any belongings or rubbish. (grovel emoticon).

EMUZ Mon 17-Jun-13 03:41:31

We moved once and parents are in a job where you never see the accommodation before you move in. Mum cried when she saw it. Friend offered to help but friend is like Keeping Up Appearances (Mrs Bouquet) wink
She came armed with cleaning stuff. The blinds we thought were black were pale green. The bath stunk so we took the panel off to discover they had put all their used nappies and tampons down there confused

The worst was a place we lived and turned into a lovely home. Moved out and ended up moving back maybe 4 years later and they had absolutely destroyed it angrysad
Holes punched in every door, random holes smashed in the walls. That was my childhood home and they ruined it

ExasperatedSigh Mon 17-Jun-13 13:57:18

Years ago, I rented a room in a house share. My housemates told me that when they'd first moved in, the place was totally dire - rotting carpets, dried shit smears on the walls and floors, just grim all round. They had to clean and redecorate everything themselves as the landlord was a complete wanker.

One of my housemates went up to clear the attic and found several binbags. Inside, she found masses of ripped up porn mags...sorted into body parts. So, a bag full of nipples, a bag full of vaginas, a bag full of cocks shock All carefully torn out and filed away.

StickyFloor Mon 17-Jun-13 14:11:18

"a bag full of nipples, a bag full of vaginas, a bag full of cocks shock All carefully torn out and filed away"

ha ha ha ha ha my favourite quote ever!

morganster Mon 17-Jun-13 14:18:39

that has made me spit my tea out!! i must check our loft.

Buzzardbird Mon 17-Jun-13 14:36:26

We found a secret room in our new home and in it we found a record player and albums of show tunes and Judy garland. confused

Tiggles Mon 17-Jun-13 14:59:22

we live in a rented house.
On our inventory was a used sanitary towel <boke> stored in the airing cupboard .

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