to try and get Google Street View to retake the photos of our house?

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After perusing, GSV last night, I was horrified and completely dusgusted to find that the images of our street were taken on BinDay.


So, there's my semi, in all its glory, with 2 gofaster bins wanting strewn across the pavement in front of my bushes. Tawdriness and ugliness preserved for all the world to see and judge upon.

And one of the Chaotics hadn't drawn their curtains naicely. angry

It's not just about what the neighbours think nowadays is it? The whole world can formulate opinions as to your slovenly habits.


AIBU to try to get the pictures reshot now I have petunias and a hoovered drive?

mumblechum1 Thu 19-Apr-12 13:21:17

YANBU. Don't forget to polish your knob while you're at it.

Busybusybust Thu 19-Apr-12 13:21:17

YANBU - I would like mine done again, to show my smart new porch.

cocolepew Thu 19-Apr-12 13:21:28

Mine was taken on bin day, before it was painted and before I got my nice new fence.

We were looking at them in work so I said my neighbours house was mine, she has a lovely garden.

WhyAlwaysBoris Thu 19-Apr-12 13:21:35

They could retake the photo and upload it five times in your honour? smile

Psammead Thu 19-Apr-12 13:21:49

I'm off to see if I can find your house grin

GB is not that big, right?

Mind you, on google maos, my house is an empty patch of grass with a hedge around it and an old hen house where I am sitting right now.

Thetokengirl Thu 19-Apr-12 13:22:22

On GSV, our house isn't even there! It only had foundations at that stage, so looks as if we live alfresco grin

ToxicToria Thu 19-Apr-12 13:23:32

Mine was taken on bin day too angry

CreepyWeeBrackets Thu 19-Apr-12 13:29:18

My mate's was taken on bin day too and she was putting them outside in her dressing gown grin

I remember talking about street-view here a couple of years ago and one MNer was mortified that a couple of wine bottles could clearly be seen through her window.

RedBlanket Thu 19-Apr-12 13:32:31

I want a new one to show off my new porch and extension. I quite like the aerial view as it shows the lovely trees we has to get rid of for said lovely extension.

101handbags Thu 19-Apr-12 13:35:48

Yep - bin day for me too, with the lids of the plastic boxes strewn all over the lawn. Very attractive.

Calavera Thu 19-Apr-12 13:41:18

Streetview also has me on it...

am i (for all posterity)...stepping stridently down the street in my work wear? or engaging in some glamorous activity?? Am i buggery...

....i'm standing outside the school gate in the rain with a fleece on angry

My DD is on it, in her buggy, away to go for a walk with her Grandad and the dog.

porcamiseria Thu 19-Apr-12 13:47:45


GoEasyPudding Thu 19-Apr-12 13:55:35

I am captured on street view in Richmond looking like I have a really huge arse.
I have got a really huge arse but I would like google to do something about those images by photoshopping them or something.

Ours was taken with a barricaded hole in the front. When we moved, the truck parked on a drain and it caved in. The photo was taken 6mths later and the council still hadn't fixed it!

Do they ever update the pics? I'm going to check, and make sure our tenants are keeping up the garden.

Pandemoniaa Thu 19-Apr-12 14:00:53

Google took the street view picture of our house right in the middle of massive renovations. There's an enormous skip in the drive, two builder's vans and my car untidy parked at the side of the road, and a pile of random shit in what used to be the front garden. What appears to be a squat does have amazingly new windows but the effect is completely ruined by the collapsing porch.

Worse, it was recycling day and my next door but one neighbour is pictured carrying her rubbish out to the end of her drive.

Katienana Thu 19-Apr-12 14:01:25

Mine was taken before we replaced our windows and front door so it looks like a crack house.

HateBeingCantDoUpMyJeans Thu 19-Apr-12 14:04:57

Mine was taken before we bought tge house and you can see tge shed that wasn't visible from anywhere else.

NiniLegsInTheAir Thu 19-Apr-12 14:07:51

Just checked mine - it was definitely taken at least before March 2010, you can see our old windows, front of the house and our old neighbours were still living next door (I miss them sad).

And the pic was also taken on bin day! Is this a vendetta? shock

Tee2072 Thu 19-Apr-12 14:08:34

We didn't live in our house when they took street view and now I'm wondering why they cut down the third bush that is in the picture. And cut waaay back one of the other two....

SuePurblyBusinesslike Thu 19-Apr-12 14:09:10

I've checked mine, it looks AWFUL! Must be over two years old as I certainly don't have net curtains.
Why can't they come now, my front garden looks fabulous. Chaos, add me to the list when you ring 'em?

Maryz Thu 19-Apr-12 14:11:02

I would like mine done again, as you can see uncut grass and washing hanging on the line shock as well as a shambles of a front garden.

It is very sad.

knowitallstrikesagain Thu 19-Apr-12 14:12:21

YABU as I was going to get off the computer in a minute <lies>, but am now going to have to check streetview.

Voidka Thu 19-Apr-12 14:13:29

YANBU - I want ours taken again to show DH's new car, not our old rust bucket.

CarpeJugulum Thu 19-Apr-12 14:14:35

There is only one car parked on our entire road. It looks like the long awaited/feared zombie invasion has taken place confused

Tee2072 Thu 19-Apr-12 14:15:01

The good news is the lawn was just as crap then as it is now...

SpringHeeledJack Thu 19-Apr-12 14:16:27

mine has a gopping rolled up carpet in front


they wouldn't retake it. I know, I asked em

we had to actually move house

Maryz Thu 19-Apr-12 14:16:39

And to add insult to injury, there are election posters for an election from 2009 hmm all over the fecking road.

lydonsmum Thu 19-Apr-12 14:17:19

Just had a look, and ours shows the old windows and front door as well as the load liner from DHs old truck propped up against the fence. Must be a couple of years old now.

SingingSands Thu 19-Apr-12 14:19:42

Ours is quite good - lovely sunny day in June/July I think - everything looks rosy, but our bedroom curtains are shut. DH critised me for "still being in bed" when the photos were taken (I was on mat leave with DS).

You can see my FIL hanging washing out on the street view of their house! FIL is well chuffed as it is evidence to MIL and the WHOLE WORLD that he does actually do some housework! grin

Our house sits on the corner of two roads. The gsv for the roads were done on different days before we lived there - one road has the house with the old windows being ripped out, the other road has no signs of work and shiny new windows!

rebecklet Thu 19-Apr-12 14:30:13


Ours has a van parked in front of it so you can't actually see it!

GateGipsy Thu 19-Apr-12 14:30:25

I would like them to offer a photo retouching service. I would pay for this. Would be a lot cheaper than having the house repainted.

cocolepew Thu 19-Apr-12 14:40:57

That's so funny GG grin

Psammead Thu 19-Apr-12 15:51:30

Ooh, we've not got street view. I shall stay inside forever more just in case they sneakily do it.

You lot.

I wanted a right roasting.

You all agreed with me.

I'm rather partial to the Move House In Shame tactic - nice one SpringHeeledJ.


I can see my jugs in the window on my Street View blush

Oh you so need my double entendre thread, TAT.



BigHairyFlowers Thu 19-Apr-12 23:03:40

My house has a white van parked in front of it shock A White Van!!

Will I be able to get them to photoshop 'Ocado' onto it do you think?


Mine does not exist on Google Street View. Huzzah! It's a magic house!

like your poo?

SpiritOfTheSite Thu 19-Apr-12 23:08:28

Ds1 is on a couple of shots of our street, shooting the street view vehicle with a stick. I'm so proud hmm

I wish there weren't all those hairy-handed truckers lurking - I'd love it if we could could put our postcodes so we could all see each others' houses.

If we timed it correctly, we could wave at each other smile

<< naive >>

thankfully mine was done on bin day AFTER the recycling lorry had been so noone can see the number of empty wine bottles. I want to keep the picture as it is because the house now desperately needs painting and the garden tidying up blush.

FriskyBivalves Thu 19-Apr-12 23:17:28


Perhaps Google gave the binmen the cameras to take the pictures of Chaos's everyone's streetside shame? Cunning money saving tactic.

Chaos - I have not had an angel poo since I posted it on Mumsnet. I think one of you buggers stole them hmm grin

OlaRapaceFru Fri 20-Apr-12 07:47:15

I'd obviously forgotten to open the sitting room curtains that morning. All the neighbours' sitting room curtains are open, so it looks as though our house is occupied by hermits. blush

Sparklingbrook Fri 20-Apr-12 07:54:21

We have had a porch since the photo was taken so ours is out of date. Plus you can see the iron on the windowledge in the bedroom. Could be worse I could have been gardening or something. blush

OlaRapaceFru Fri 20-Apr-12 07:56:51

Why, sparkling? Do you do the gardening in the nude? grin

Sparklingbrook Fri 20-Apr-12 07:58:56

Always*Ola*. grin No, but my gardening clothes are something to behold, and my bum would probably have been hanging out of my 100 year old joggers.

OlaRapaceFru Fri 20-Apr-12 08:00:53

grin grin

Fru grin

Does anyone else here go for Street View 'drives'?

I have taken a few trips around the glorious Scottish Highlands on my laptop. One of my favourite roads is a tiny little one-track route that runs from Badnaban (N.W. coast, just south of Lochinver) right down to the edge of the water on the coast. The sun is shining and there is a beautiful little whitewashed cottage by the shore at the end of the road; the sea is deep blue and dotted with green islands.

<< sigh >>

Sparklingbrook Fri 20-Apr-12 08:04:52

All the time Talc. I have been all round where I used to live. Plus when booking UK breaks I usually take a 'drive' round to see what's what. grin

Dp was captured getting into her minibus for work and the angle made her leg look about 10ft long. They must have come round again as she has different top on but still a very dodgy looking leg smile glad I was indoors.

OlaRapaceFru Fri 20-Apr-12 08:07:34

DP goes for Street View 'drives' all over the world confused shock

He was brought up abroad - and has family who still live there - so he's been 'driving' down their roads, checking out his old school, going to the shops etc etc!

He's also 'driven' down that coastal highway in California (can't remember the name).

Oooh yes Fru - I've done the Californian coast - right down to the Mexican border. I then hopped over the border - the difference is astonishing.

The Baja peninsula is fab too grin

MardyBra Fri 20-Apr-12 08:23:42

I have a neatly trimmed bush on Streetview.

Petrean Fri 20-Apr-12 08:24:06

The weirdest thing about GSV in the Petrean household is. Outside our house sits MY car, outside SIL's house sits MY car, outside MIL's house sits MY car and outside my best friend's house sits MY car! I never realised MY car got around so much! smile

ripsishere Fri 20-Apr-12 08:25:09

When we were living abroad and I was looking for house, streetview was great.
DH being the mega snob he is, rejected one house because a man was standing in his very own garden with a can of beer and no shirt shock
Also, I've seen a naked couple somewhere, can't remember which country. I've toured a lot, it is fascinating to see how your childhood roads and schools have changed.

OlaRapaceFru Fri 20-Apr-12 08:27:56

Whereas my bush does need a trim, Mardy

I was also convinced I'd been filmed a couple of roads away when I was walking to work - can I find me? No.

SpringHasSprungALeak Fri 20-Apr-12 09:14:37

My house wasn't even built!

MardyBra Fri 20-Apr-12 09:33:17

I quite like a Streetview excursion, although oddly my latest forays have been to manufactured towns like Prince Charles' Poundbury and Disney's Celebration.


I also want ours done again, previous owners had a well minging car, looked like adams family/funeral car/rusting estate car! And the blinds were a mess!

BertieBotts Fri 20-Apr-12 10:04:33

I'm on it too, waiting for a bus. Except they change photoset halfway down the road, so one minute I'm there on a dreary autumn day, and one click later I've been replaced by a load of cyclists in the sun confused

AmberLeaf Fri 20-Apr-12 11:04:44

My front garden looks like a meadow on GSV, this was before I lived here of course so not my shoddy gardening its still a bit meadowish TBH but not as bad the main annoyance in my houses mugshot is that the previous people kept their wheelie bins next to the front door instead of on the drive so it looks untidy.

Senses a bin related theme on this thread.

Does anyone else here go for Street View 'drives

I love a street view excursion, I often go and visit my dad in his village smile

I forgot about the rest of the world on to tour spain!

AmberLeaf Fri 20-Apr-12 11:05:31

When I say meadow I mean gone to seed and overgrown not a vast exspanse of greenery!

FanjoForTheMammaries Fri 20-Apr-12 11:07:17

"So, there's my semi, in all its glory"

oeerr <<snicker>>

FanjoForTheMammaries Fri 20-Apr-12 11:10:16

<lowers tone>

BupcakesandCunting Fri 20-Apr-12 11:13:13

Mine was taken before we bought the house. It still has the narsty old windows/front door on.


AKMD Fri 20-Apr-12 11:18:57

YANBU, I wish they would redo mine. It was taken before we bought the house and it looks like a drugs house probably was. We've since had new windows and doors and I've spent hours doing the front garden to turn it from a weed patch into something vaguely representing a nice space. We've also got rid of the dodgy red blinds hmm

BlackOutTheSun Fri 20-Apr-12 11:56:33

My house isn't on google street view sad

SydSaid Sat 21-Apr-12 06:42:35

Dont think I exist. There is no sign of my cat at home of at work, and my new house was just in the process of being built. Surely if google can't find me I must be a figment of my own imagination?

SydSaid Sat 21-Apr-12 06:43:12

My car, not my cat!

OlaRapaceFru Sat 21-Apr-12 08:17:43

grin at you worried you couldn't find your cat, Syd.

Could you imagine if GSV showed every single domestic pet? grin

echt Sat 21-Apr-12 08:36:43

Our house still has the boat belonging to the previous owner in the drive.

There's an old man with no head just down the road from my mother's house on GSV. He's wearing carpet slippers and standing next to a display of bedding plants for sale.

OlaRapaceFru Sat 21-Apr-12 09:24:50

No head? shock

HappyCamel Sat 21-Apr-12 09:26:33

YANBU we used it extensively when choosing which houses to view when buying our house too. Saved a fortune in time and petrol!

OlaRapaceFru Sat 21-Apr-12 09:33:40

"AIBU to try to get the pictures reshot now I have petunias and a hoovered drive?"

It's just occurred to me, Chaos, do you rake the snow, Japanese Zen stylee, in your front garden too? (I have vague memories of a MNer who has a SIL who does this grin.)

Fru - you know where the 'seams' on GSV photos don't quite match up correctly sometimes? This poor old chap must be standing on the join - he has a sort of tiny pyramid of pink flesh where his head should be shock

OlaRapaceFru Sat 21-Apr-12 09:50:06

Ah, right <snort>

AphraBehn Sat 21-Apr-12 11:04:28

My friend is on street view standing outside her house having a cigarette. Her husband was mortified, especially as he thought she had given up smoking.

Lemele Sun 29-Apr-12 21:16:46

Haven't read the whole thread but - hey, at least your house is ON there! We live in a fairly long (but dead end) street right next to a busy A road but they haven't bothered to come down our street...

They have kindly made sure that the entrance to our road, which used to have nice sunny pics of it, now has horrible grey photos that include a bin lorry, an ugly vehicle carrying two skips and some other unattractive lorry, all within meters of the road junction! sad

Lemele Sun 29-Apr-12 21:18:30

Oh and the Stig used to be on there grin but they wiped him out. sad

RubyGates Sun 29-Apr-12 22:43:45

My ex-downstairs neighbour is forever immortalised doing a somewhat blurry drug handover.

Lueji Mon 30-Apr-12 00:30:29

My house has skips and building rubbish outside!

Choppelina Mon 30-Apr-12 12:20:02

Has anyone actually managed to get Google to retake the pictures/does anyone know the process for getting them to do it or if they will?

suburbandream Mon 30-Apr-12 12:26:08

Our streetview pic is from August 2008, more than two years before we moved in, still has the previous owner's shabby front door, not my lovely shiny new one angry. Plus on google earth you can see their manky old sun loungers in the back garden.

I love a streetview drive as I hate RL driving and it's good for planning my route in advance grin

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