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.

HeySoulSister Sat 15-Jun-13 17:25:56

What was it like when you viewed? Cluttered? Did it not give you some idea of what to expect?

greenhill Sat 15-Jun-13 17:38:01

Was there a long time between you last viewing the house and the completion date? Maybe they stopped cleaning once it was sold.

If they'd had a pet, you should have already considered factoring in the cost of replacing carpets and giving it a deep clean before you moved in.

It could be worse you could have moved into a house with nicotine stained ceilings: you'd have had to replace all the wallpaper, paint all the ceilings, replace the carpets and wash all the paintwork down before you moved in (happened to people I knew)

Nishky Sat 15-Jun-13 17:39:03

I'd get that bone forensically tested if I were you.....

carabos Sat 15-Jun-13 17:40:23

Never mind the state of the house, that's easily sorted. I'm much more concerned that you are in a relationship with a man who thinks that not wanting to live with fleas and mould makes you "fastidious" shock.

RevoltingPeasant Sat 15-Jun-13 17:41:12

Nishky - I know - I never did meet the guy's wife...

Yes quite right about nicotine staining. We are lucky there.

wimblehorse Sat 15-Jun-13 17:41:17

I found a potato that had sprouted potatoes in a kitchen drawer & fleas in 1 room (child's bedroom!) When we moved in. Still see the family at school drop off time. I was annoyed as I had cleaned our flat fastidious before moving out & hadn't expected to have to dettol & deflects everything here.
They had 3 small children tho & I guess moving day with 3 kids is hectic & stressful & so the cleaning gets missed...

RevoltingPeasant Sat 15-Jun-13 17:42:50

To be fair he thought I was imagining the fleas.

Till I killed one and brought it to him as a special offering this morning.

It's a bit like getting a cup of tea in bed, but not quite...

thebody Sat 15-Jun-13 17:43:11

You should be a district nurse! Some of the houses I went into would make you wretch. It's amazing how dirty and filthy and smelly some houses are.

One house had a dog poo in the hall on the Monday which was still there on the Wednesday visit.

Vomit.

DrCoconut Sat 15-Jun-13 17:43:49

Our cat brought fleas for us on just about the one occasion he ventured out last year. They were buggers to get rid of and I spent a packet on de fleaing products. He is front lined regularly now. Living with them? Bleurgh. YANBU.

RevoltingPeasant Sat 15-Jun-13 17:49:07

Oh and the shed has proper Indiana Jones stylee festoons of cobwebs that go from floor to ceiling.

I am sending DH out with broom to tackle the monsterspiders that no doubt live there....

greenhill Sat 15-Jun-13 17:54:32

Yes, make sure you treat the carpets for fleas. Where there are fleas, there are bound to be flea eggs waiting to hatch. You made me laugh about it being a 'special offering' though grin

How irritating that the seller made no effort to clean the house before he left though, presumably your old house had been given a thorough going over before you left it.

Are you planning to change much soon, or were you hoping to live in it for a while before doing any work on it?

RevoltingPeasant Sat 15-Jun-13 17:58:53

We have to redo the electrics as they are apparently dangerous, so all spare cash going on that initially. Will then reprint room by room as we have money and time.

It really is a lovely house, with big rooms and wood floors....and ancestral vermin....

cory Sat 15-Jun-13 17:58:58

When we moved into ours the previous occupants had moved out several months earlier and failed to empty the bins. They had left wine glasses in the cupboard unwashed. And when we cleared out the loft we found a collection of blood samples; seems previous owner was a medic.

Oreocrumbs Sat 15-Jun-13 17:59:03

I went into clean after some tenants moved out and the place looked ok..ish. Not clean, but not filthy, but the place reeked of fags.

When I moved the sofa there were hundreds if not thousands of fag ends under it. I can only presume that when the ashtray was full they tipped it on the floor and swept it under the couch confused.

Upstairs they left used sanitary towels unwrapped and casually dumped in the general direction of the bin. That was a nice find hmm.

londone17 Sat 15-Jun-13 18:11:28

Words fail me oreo.

ghayes Sat 15-Jun-13 18:21:22

Sounds like Wayne and Waynetta come to life.

kim147 Sat 15-Jun-13 18:32:40

I just need to say toilet. It's not that hard to keep a toilet clean.

thebody Sat 15-Jun-13 18:41:32

I think it should be part of a house move to get a cleaning company in to clean any sold house to a recognised standard one week before exchanging contracts.

Paid for by the vendor and buyer.

Save so much anger when you leave your house pristine and move into a flea pit.

DragonMamma Sat 15-Jun-13 19:00:07

I think a professional clean should be done as standard, before completion too. Unless you're buying a renovation project.

We recently bought and the vendor left it spotless - she even got the cooker and hob professionally cleaned so that was nice.

BrianButterfield Sat 15-Jun-13 19:05:08

Our house wasn't particularly dirty when we bought it but it was in a poor state of repair - the owner had done superficial work like painting and laying laminate but they'd neglected the actual proper work that needed doing. The hot water was brown as there was a leak and it was crossing over with the water in the central heating system and the toilet didn't flush properly (a £10 fix). They had two small children - how they lived like that I don't know. It wasn't a starter home either so they should have considered that work would need doing before they bought it.

DiseasesOfTheSheep Sat 15-Jun-13 19:06:47

backs out of thread with hand over mouth, trying to suppress desire to vomit

shock eww.

thefuturesnotourstosee Sat 15-Jun-13 19:39:09

When we bought our house they left most of their soft furniture behind. It was all damp and mouldy and when I picked up the cushions I was confronted with hundreds of cigarette stubs. The cellar had been used as a dope den and was full of joint stubs. Every cupboard was filthy (and I am NOT fastidious) there was black mould in the bathroom.

the dishwasher which had been left as part of the deal was also mouldy and non functioning and the state of the gas oven had to be seen to be believed - the professional cleaning company I called in despair refused to take it on!

There was also a collection of porn mags in the bedroom cupboard - a fascinating education hmm

It would be impossible to clean before completion - I'm moving and my house is stuffed to the gunnels.

On completion day when everything is packed I will have a cleaning service come in but every time I've done it (and paid for it) the new owners are too keen to move in and kick them out.

When you actually move the furniture on moving day and your house is full of moving men it gets filthy! They drag dirt and mud in from the garden - total disaster.

everlong Sat 15-Jun-13 19:46:02

Wth did you buy it??

I would have been straight out the door.

jammiedonut Sat 15-Jun-13 19:50:02

I always insist on having contract cleaners in before moving in, you can negotiate the cost between the vendor and buyer and have it put into contract. Nothing I hate more than having to clean other peoples filth, and makes me feel so much better knowing that some industrial strength chemicals have been used! Yanbu at all, I'm by no means the tidiest of people but a drawer full of nail clippings . . . . Eeeeeew

Plomino Sat 15-Jun-13 19:58:59

When we moved into ours , it transpired that the owners had pretty much moved out when we made the offer . Except that they decided to leave various items behind , including ;

Their oven , with complimentary 3 month old roast dinner within . ( I opened the door , something waved at me , I slammed it shut saying we are NEVER opening that fucker again) threw it outside and bought a new cooker the next day .

Every room full of dead flies , and filth . Actual filth . My first purchase in our new town was 40 bottles of bleach . Bearing in mind I was 8 months pregnant at the time , and I spent the next month cleaning . As did we all !

Various random items of cookware . The son's cannabis stash under a loose floorboard and finally TWO years worth of dog shit sandwiched between the pine flooring and the underlay . That little present cost us the best part of 3k to sort out , as the stone floor ended up unsalvageable and we had to bury it all under 46 bags of self levelling cement .

The items they did take with them ? All the antenna connectors off the tv aerials , every loo roll holder , and six sockets . And half the keys to the windows . Actually this is the third house where the loo roll holders have been taken . Why ? Are they becoming rarer to find ? Do people get sentimentally attached to them ?

RevoltingPeasant Sat 15-Jun-13 20:02:44

Cory - shock also what the hell kind of medic keeps their patients' blood samples in their own attic??

I can just see the AIBU - "my GP asked me for an extra vial for his home collection. hmm AIBU to find this odd?"

Attacked mould with HG mould spray which if you don't know is like Magic Juice for bathrooms. Might try it in fleas next!

RevoltingPeasant Sat 15-Jun-13 20:04:04

Plomino

shock shock shock

CrapBag Sat 15-Jun-13 20:08:39

Yuck!!!

We are hoping to sell later this year and I will give it all a quick once over before we leave.

When we moved in though it was in a state and nicotine stains everywhere. It had been empty for a while but thank goodness we didn't find things like nail clippings!!! That is gross.

There are some disgusting people out there, there truly are!!!!!!!

<doesn't admit she got upset at finding crumbs in the kitchen when moved into new place, other than that it was spotless>

HollyBerryBush Sat 15-Jun-13 20:16:44

We bought a house once where they actually removed padlocks from shed, including hasps AND took out the little hooks you hung net curtain wires on, and he wires and the curtains - why? you buy curtains to fit a window.

There was also a wall full of mould where they removed their fitted wardrobes.

pinkballetflats Sat 15-Jun-13 20:18:34

Cats that had pissed so much for years on the carpets that it had actually soaked through the carpet, underlay and MDF sub-flooring.

No, I really didn't notice the smell when we viewed the place.

CombineBananaFister Sat 15-Jun-13 20:20:06

Oh my giddy aunt CORY was he a medic or Dexter. Can't think of a good reason to have 'spare' blood samples at home either shock

Like others have said it IS amazing the level of filth people will live with (I too visit homes when volunteering) and am just glad I have poor eyesight so can't actually see much of where the dubious smells are coming from.

completely understand though when it's someone elderly and vunerable, not so much a choice there.

marriedinwhiteagain Sat 15-Jun-13 20:24:27

When I bought my first flat the owner left one light bulb and removed the nice door handles and replaced them with utility cheap onesm

When I bought my first flat the owner left me a bunch of flowers and bottle of champagne in the kitchen sink. And the biggest skid I have ever seen in the bathroom.

In 25 years of owning catsn we have three at present, I have never actually seen a flea.

primallass Sat 15-Jun-13 20:25:18

I bought a house from a vicar and his family. Found a used condom on top of a cupboard shock

marriedinwhiteagain Sat 15-Jun-13 20:26:02

2nd para should read first house! Scratches ......

tunnocksteacake Sat 15-Jun-13 20:32:03

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

marriedinwhiteagain Sat 15-Jun-13 20:35:37

primallas I now have a vision of the vicar in full surplice using his thurible to flick the condom away. Oh dear - pours more wine !!

HeffalumpTheFlump Sat 15-Jun-13 20:44:51

We didnt buy the flat we live in now, as it is a ha property but it was rather shocking to move into.

The lady who lived here before us passed away and wasn't found for weeks as she had no family or friends. She had chain smoked in the property since the 70's so we had extreme nicotine staining to deal with.

There was also something rotting in the utility room that the housing association had put newspaper on top of so we wouldn't notice until we had the keys. We still don't know what it was, but it had bones in it and took 2 whole bottles of bleach to sort the smell. The woman apparently had a dog, and none of the neighbours know what happened to it... I try to tell myself it can't have been that though.

One of the drawers in the kitchen was full of hair, nothing else, just hair. confused Every plug socket and light switch had a thick layer of brown grime on it and there were brown splatter stains up all the walls.

The ha offered us £150 decorating vouchers to sort the place, but we ended up spending closer to £600 because of the amount of cleaning products and the number of layers of paint needed.

HeffalumpTheFlump Sat 15-Jun-13 20:46:18

I should say that we didn't move in until 5 months after the lady died, so all that had been sitting in a closed up flat for all that time... envy

froggies Sat 15-Jun-13 20:50:45

We moved into a renovation project that had been empty for 8 years. No electricity, 1 working fireplace, cold running water, bouncy floors, woodworm and desiccated rats included.

The snow used to blow through the cracks in the windows and the walls were finished in gloss paint (orange and mottled white mould in our room). When we moved the furniture out, the mice in the mattress squeaked. I remember scraping the mouldy Lino off the bathroom floor with a paint scraper. Lovely.

We moved into a lovely house full of dog hair, it was even in the fridge and freezer!

My first lovely job was to clear the lawn of dog shit!

People are revolting!

MichaelaS Sat 15-Jun-13 21:02:21

Sounds like our house. We have been here a year and bought having viewed the whole house except the living room. We had viewed another house on the street and knew what to expect, we thought. Well, the reason we couldn't see the living room was it had been turned into lodging rooms and that was the only room still tenanted, but a barrister, lovely guy who was a bit too clever for his own good I think. The kitchen table and sitting area (now dining room) were stacked floor to ceiling with papers.

When we moved in we got a professional cleaning firm to do the whole house. That living room was so bad they had to come back a second day. He had NEVER hoovered and it was literally an inch thick in dust. The first person to set foot in the room was sent to hospital with breathing difficulties. The steam carpet cleaner only made the dust into a thick mud. We had to chisel the windows open to air it.

Unfortunately we were moving in with a 3 year old who has chronic lung problems and an 8 week old baby.

Later we found the mice and the woodworm.

At least we knew it was a renovation project, the roof leaks and its wall to wall wood chip and brown shagpile carpets so we were not expecting a clean safe house. Planning permission and listed buildings consent expected on 15th July, wish us luck!!

RevoltingPeasant Sat 15-Jun-13 21:09:15

Tunnock - yes, our previous owners had a dog and a cat!! One of them is responsible for the fleas, and the dog presumably for the lovely tide,ark of mud on all the paintwork. I've got it off the gloss paint but it's really stubborn on the matte paint!

bedmonster Sat 15-Jun-13 21:10:38

Nail clippings in a drawer? Holy Fuck.

Did you go and view this house prior to buying it? And not notice this house was a bit on the scummy side? That sounds rank!

RevoltingPeasant Sat 15-Jun-13 21:14:49

Married - eeeeeeeew.

You know, this thread is making me feel SO much better.

Although I just went to check on the bathroom mould cluster, and the spray has turned it neon green. I am not sure if this is an improvement! confused

RevoltingPeasant Sat 15-Jun-13 21:16:57

Bedmonster, yes, but you don't check all the drawers! Anyhow it really is a nice house and may be out forever home, so a bit of dust and bloodsucking insects won't put us off!

cheerfulweather Sat 15-Jun-13 21:19:55

We found live maggots in a kitchen drawer on moving into a new house, doesn't sound so bad now compared to some of these posts!

Thesebootsweremadeforwalking Sat 15-Jun-13 21:22:50

Ick.

We moved into our current house last year, and all the bathroom fittings were so disgusting that after spending a whole day trying to clean them, we put them in a skip and went off to find a cheap replacement suite and a plumber, fast.

My top tip is to get some mouse traps down now....

Calculators wanders off to clean something (anything) at 9:30 on a Saturday night...

ChippingInWiredOnCoffee Sat 15-Jun-13 21:29:16

I thought this place was bad when I bought it - but compared to some of the stuff lots of you have had to deal with it wasn't so bad.

- Kitchen was greasy & dirty (lots of cooking with oil & steam). Sink blocked.

- Wallpaper in the master bedroom falling off the walls - semi held together with sellotape

- Some kind of heaters hanging off the walls

- Bathroom - let's just say the toilet saw an enormous amount of cleaning products and had a new seat within an hour of getting the keys. Lots of mould. Peeling tile paint. Grim stained pine panelling and they'd dripped the stain on the white walls creating this horrible yellow bleurgh.

- Previous owners were called to come and get the rest of their crap - they said they'd left it 'for us' - gee thanks, I'd always wanted a couple of smelly old beds, a chest of drawers with no fronts, a rusty ironing board etc

- The whole place was just dusty/dirty/grim

I still see them most days - how can people be so... revoltingly dirty and unbothered by it? She still goes on about how they'd left it so lovely and I was lucky they'd redecorated and put new carpet in hmm ha ha ha ha ha

It sparkles now though - it just needs the renovation completed - hopefully before I die of old age.

RogueRebel Sat 15-Jun-13 21:35:16

when I moved into my house last November every bit of white/cream surface was nicotine yellow the ceilings has yellow drip marks on them!!
The carpets were covered over an inch thick of dog hair, they left almost all their furniture with hair and chew marks, dust a mike thick and the took the kitchen worktops apart and actually took some of the kitchen.
We then had the flea infestation and mice!
Not one bit of the house had been cleaned.
They've blocked up half of my bathroom window and blocked up doors.
they only lived here for 2years.
I'm currently decorating after having the whole house rewired.
and still finding more each day sad

CunningAtBothEnds Sat 15-Jun-13 21:59:18

In the process of buying... You guys are filling me with dread!!

blindasabatenburg Sat 15-Jun-13 22:10:49

revolting, it is amazing what you miss when you view a house. We too learnt the hard way. We always viewed with the owners at home, who escorted us round so didn't open drawers /cupboards, so missed the kitchen drawers that were thick with grease and the base units that were blown from a major flood. We should have spotted the DIY plaster repair to the kitchen ceiling though. All the base units were stripped out and replaced with cheapest B&Q by family within 3 days.

A couple of weeks later when swapping the avocado bathroom suite for a basic white one, we discovered the flood had all but destroyed the floorboards and the walls were full of mould spores! How the bath hadn't dropped through the floor we don't know. Whole bathroom rebuilt! New walls and new floor! They neglected to mention they'd flooded the house. Our new neighbours later told us it was so bad it went through to their house and destroyed their new kitchen.

Plomino Sat 15-Jun-13 22:22:20

Oh I forgot the mice !

We were infested . Literally overrun with the little buggers . We used to have slatted shelves in the pantry , and when you opened the door , you'd hear them skid to stop , and when you looked under the shelves , you could count the tails hanging down .

It all came to a head one evening when I watched no less than six jump out of the kids toy box , and start chasing each other up and down the curtains . As I leapt to my feet to throw something at them, it was only then I noticed I'd been sharing the arm of the sofa with one who appeared to be as big a CSI fan as I . Even the professional verminators were appalled .

bedmonster Sat 15-Jun-13 22:35:33

When we bought our first flat 10 years ago, it came with a sitting tenant. He was supposed to have moved out before the previous owners sold but refused. We had to get enforcements to remove him from the property after 3 months of us owning it and asking (we had bought it to do it up but weren't moving straight in, and had given him even more notice, though technically he was pushing it). When he was removed, he had left a proper dirty protest. All over the flat. Shit literally smeared over the walls, rubbed into the carpets, loo had been blocked for some time and had been blocked with newspaper all the way up to the top. I sat in the hallway and cried. It was devastating.

Some people are fucking filthy. sad

In my house I had to give the downstairs ceilings 4 coats of paint each to get rid of nicotine stains (so I know where you're coming from Rogue Rebel ). Pipe-smoking old fellow had lived there for a few decades. Some might have said it was an authentic looking Farrow and Ball type colour, but it had to go!

Triumphoveradversity Sat 15-Jun-13 22:51:42

Primalass I have also found a used condom on top of a wardrobe, must be some post coital fun ritual.

Also found baked beans left in a saucepan dried out on the cooker. Reading through these mine seem pretty tame.

Follyfoot Sat 15-Jun-13 22:53:41

The previous occupants of one house we bought left a very special present for us in the kitchen cupboard....

A decomposing rat in a trap. Luffly.

Startail Sat 15-Jun-13 23:01:03

I've plenty of dust, loads of cobwrbs and the odd bit of mould, they all seem quite happy living here, it seems a shame to disturb them.

IloveJudgeJudy Sat 15-Jun-13 23:18:25

When we moved into our house, the previous occupant hadn't cleaned at all. The carpets were advertised as "fitted". When she took the furniture out, it was obvious that the carpets were like a jigsaw. The whole place was filthy. The wiring was dangerous. She had left loads of junk in her garage.

When we visited to view, she seemed lovely, clean, friendly. You just can't tell.

Picoo Sat 15-Jun-13 23:20:53

Haven't been able to get past the drawer full of finger nail cuttings <vomit>

Angloamerican Sun 16-Jun-13 02:42:39

bedmonster how awful. I'd have cried too.

somanymiles Sun 16-Jun-13 02:47:52

Once I was cleaning out a flat we owned that had tenants living in it and found a frozen puppy foetus in the freezer. That was definitely the worst, but also amazed at the filth some people will put up with. Our last tenant left a microwave caked on the inside a cm thick with food splashes. I cringed to think of the meals she prepared for her 4 year old in it.

Bloody hell. And I thought my lime green and electric violet walls were bad confused
Although, six months in we're discovering just how dodgy the extension is. Roof leaks chronically, windows are rotted through, the whole thing is shifting on its foundations, it will cost thousands to fix.
When we moved in, though, it just needed a good scrub and some attention.

MummyPig24 Sun 16-Jun-13 04:23:22

When we moved in here the previous owners left various items of furniture and also left food in the fridge! It made me boak, not because it was particularly dirty but it was just a bit gross to leave some old tomatoes and stuff behind.

I have only been in 2 really minging houses. A very good friend of mine as a teen had a disgusting house. God knows why I kept going over there (probably cos her mum didn't care what we did and let us smoke in the bedroom).

A few days before Christmas I picked up some guinea pigs for the children and oh my goodness the house was horrific. I just felt ill and dh said I stank when I came out!

I'm not really a clean freak but I clean regularly and I can't understand why people live like that. Maybe they don't notice or are too depressed to deal with it.

1Veryhungrycaterpillar Sun 16-Jun-13 06:28:16

Why would someone keep fingernail clippings??

LtEveDallas Sun 16-Jun-13 07:07:46

Not a dirt story, but I once moved into a house where we found a home made Porn (full on) starring the previous occupants shock

(Then) DH kindly returned it to them blush

Badvoc Sun 16-Jun-13 07:19:23

When we moved into our first house the carpets were disgusting.
There was dirt/dust an inch thick behind the radiators.
They had just covered inches of grease in the oven with foil.
It was also broken.
The bath panel was broken and some of the spindles on the stairs were broken too.
The window seals were mouldy.
The bathroom was disgusting. We had to take up the bathroom flooring and the floorboards were rotten due to being weed on.
Yuck.

wonkylegs Sun 16-Jun-13 07:33:03

Yesterday we went to see the house again that we are in the process of buying and the owner apologised as she only had the curtains she's leaving us cleaned last year and she thought they might be a bit filthy. grin
I've been through my fair share of rubbish house moves though.
When I moved into my first house we had to rip out the grease stained snot coloured kitchen and found lots of dirty knickers behind cupboards and the cooker hmm and a matching bra to one set on top of the cupboards, all caked in grease from the deep fat fryer.
The last move I made with my parents was on the surface fine but they ripped out every light fitting, curtain pole, hook, some plug sockets, toilet roll holder etc meaning we were stuck in the dark with only torches the first night we moved in.
They had however left us one thing.... The house had major subsidence which they quite purposely covered up. The new ugly fitted wardrobes and hall panelling were not just ugly interior decor choices but purposely installed to cover up a floor to ceiling crack big enough to put you hand inside.
The house had no foundations and cost serious money to put right.

bluewonderful Sun 16-Jun-13 07:40:47

When we moved in we discovered the house hadn't been cleaned in the months since our offer was accepted.

Realised that the previous owners' cats had used a corner of the bedroom as a litter tray. Had the carpet up within half an hour and discovered another rotten, mouldy carpet underneath - they'd just laid the new carpet on top of the rank one (then let the new one get rank).

My lovely friend spent 5 hours cleaning the top of the cooker which had an inch of fat and grease mixed with cat hair baked on.

In the living room we thought they had sealed the gaps between the open floor boards. No, it was a home made mix of fag ends, cat hair, nail clippings and cat poo that had to be scraped out. Hoovering up the debris killed our Dyson.

They also left the garage and loft filled with crap they couldn't be bothered taking/getting rid of. Filthy filthy people.

MissBetseyTrotwood Sun 16-Jun-13 07:50:23

So my DH thinks I'm a bit bonkers for saying this but I really, really felt our house wanted us when we moved in. I just got a really warm feeling for it and could see through all the crumbling wood chip wallpaper and filth.

It's a tall thin Victorian house, fundamentally fine but needing loads of TLC inside. Everything we've done to it has felt like a healing loving process. It's been a real pleasure, though grim at first, to watch it come to life with a bit of care.

There's an awful place in our terrace that's recently been bought by a family and is being gutted and re done totally. I get a real 'ahhh' feeling of satisfaction when I see all the work being done.

<strokes wall of lounge from sofa and feels like a weirdo>

poppy1973 Sun 16-Jun-13 07:55:31

Hi we had this when we moved into our house. Go and get some flea bombs, you can get these in large pet shops (Pets at home). Put one in a room, close the windows and doors and then light it. It should help. If there are any carpets you can always take up.

poppy1973 Sun 16-Jun-13 07:56:26

If you do have any carpets that you want to keep then put down lots of bicarb of soda and leave for a few hours and then hoover up. It takes the smell of dog away quite well.

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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