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Nightmare house viewings - Your tales of terror!

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TeamEdward Tue 23-Aug-11 16:59:09

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ComeAlongPond Tue 23-Aug-11 17:15:56

That sounds horrendous!

Last week we viewed a house with the dog eating his own poo in the hallway, a bowl - not a cigarette bowl, a CEREAL bowl, overflowing with cigarette butts in the kitchen, and porn all over the master bedroom. Oh, and a half-eaten plate of spaghetti hoops on the floor in the bathroom. And human shit on the walls in the downstairs loo, and cat vomit on the curtains and window seat.

And they wanted half a million for it. No matter how nice the house was (and it wasn't even that nice, it had no parking, a view of a car garage, and in a horrible area) I wouldn't pay half a million quid for somewhere as grim as that. We all showered when we got home, it was horrible.

TeamEdward Tue 23-Aug-11 17:23:19

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LoveInAColdClimate Tue 23-Aug-11 17:27:14

We once saw a house with several rooms with no floor boards. We had to view most rooms from the hall. We had specified that we didn't mind redecorating but were not up for major work.

An estate agent friend once took some people round an unoccupied house. In the kitchen there was a rat eating another rat. They didn't buy it grin.

mistlethrush Tue 23-Aug-11 17:34:16

I went round a house where I was shown the basement and told 'its not damp, my dog comes down here during the day'

TeamEdward Tue 23-Aug-11 17:36:26

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befuzzled Tue 23-Aug-11 17:47:12

Never ceases to amaze me how foul some people are. We viewed one last year that was so filthy i had to use bleach wipes on my hand when i got back to the car after the vendor made me pull the bathroom light cord. Also one where we came away covered in dog shit after just setting foot in the garden. The filthy one had a young african girl (about 16) breast feeding a baby in one of the filthy bedrooms which was a bit worrying, vendor filthy old bloke who supposedly lived alone after his elderly mother died. Also wanted half a mill plus, these people live in a dream world.

stikmatix Tue 23-Aug-11 17:48:23

When we were living in France we viewed a place that was quite grim. When we first arrived we saw a Rottweiler or Doberman (can't remember which) running all over the place (not that there aren't nice dogs of these breeds but when you don't know the people, better safe than sorry) so we told EA to tell vendors to please restrain dog, they did so v reluctantly, and even then only when we told EA that we wouldn't do the viewing if they didn't.

There were at least 10 cats in the house EVERYWHERE, on kitchen worktops, furniture, all over. Cat hairs everywhere from top to bottom. The downstairs loo had a cat flap in the door and was filled with litter trays and it STANK. Obviously one or more cats has been spraying as the walls of the loo were literally covered in cat wee.

We had to shower and put clothes straight in the washing machine as soon as we got in, as despite not sitting down, touching any cats or brushing up against anything. we were covered in hairs.

Oh and we couldn't walk around the garden as it was covered in dog crap all over.


befuzzled Tue 23-Aug-11 17:48:46

Am still astounded at the filth that i have seen people living in in an upmarket surrey market town. Eapecially old people, which is sad.

notcitrus Tue 23-Aug-11 18:08:33

The one with dog piss stains nearly up to the dado rail on every single wall of the house. If the dog had been a couple inches taller it could have been passed off as a paint pattern...
Bonkers owner who screamed abuse when my parents (the potential buyers) muttered about making changes, and visible mice and rot and a terrible smell of damp everywhere. And my parents bought it! Owner left loads of enormous dog-piss-soaked furniture for them to dispose of - highlight being a huge shiny purple sofa with the cushions taken away.

Our lucky escape was the one we went to a second viewing, MrNC looked in the loft again, and then realised that it was raining as he was getting wet. Plus the chap selling said not to worry about a crack in the wall as it had been there since WWII (they certainly hadn't decorated since so it was plausible), except his wife then came in and said it had appeared a couple years ago along with a lot of others.

Haven't seen any really grim places since looking to rent...

chandellina Tue 23-Aug-11 21:26:35

we saw quite a few where people were living in utter squalor - box rooms where you could barely open the door stacked floor to ceiling with rubbish and crap. One where an old lady had been sequestered to the ground floor with a commode. others with garden full of rubbish and cat poo. sadly a couple of these had foster children living there.

My SIL told me they saw a house in the US where the owner had a nazi flag on the wall.

Geordieminx Tue 23-Aug-11 21:35:56

We went to a viewing once, it was the mother of the vendor doing the viewing, and she was absolutely trollyed. She couldn't even stand up, so she just lay on the sofa and directed us,

The had the weirdest fireplace that kinda went from one wall to the other, made out of random house bricks, bits of concrete and the like.

We couldn't get out of there fast enough!

TeamEdward Tue 23-Aug-11 22:38:52

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wideawakenurse Wed 24-Aug-11 08:40:41

Sorry about that comealongpond I thought I had put the porn away thy morning. grin

Otherwise, did you like it?

ComeAlongPond Wed 24-Aug-11 11:16:45

Haha, well I was particularly keen on the modern art - the fishbowl, empty of water, but with half a dead fish in it, was particularly eye catching...

Seriously, it was a horrible house in a horrible location. Big Victorian semi, which could have been alright had it had a lot of work done to it, but the view from the front onto the car garage ruined it rather!

TeamEdward Wed 24-Aug-11 16:09:18

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Labradorlover Wed 24-Aug-11 20:00:05

No children in the house, but hundreds of dolls everywhere and a room devoted to large toy donkeys wearing sombreros.

EsmeWeatherwax Wed 24-Aug-11 20:29:23

I went to see a flat once, stank of damp, there was an actual fug about the place. Owners were very proud of their "split level" bathroom. It had a couple of steps on the way in. I went up the steps and my foot went right through the floor. I left rather quickly.

MrsDaffodill Fri 26-Aug-11 23:14:18

Touched a wall at one place, as I went down the bannister-less stairs, and large chunks of it fell off as it was so damp. That sold for nearly half a million shortly after.

prayingmantisgroupie Sat 27-Aug-11 00:20:36

We went to view a house once which was supposedly vacant possession, but the previous owner's stuff was everywhere - including clothes and kid's stuff. Queried it with the EA who breezily informed us that the previous owner was in prison for murdering his wife in the master bedroom, and would that have any bearing on our interest in the property?
According to DH, my face went absolutely white. I couldn't get out fast enough.

babyicebean Sat 27-Aug-11 01:01:04

Never looked at a filthy one but have seen a fair few with debatable decor.

One that had a taste for flowers - BIG flowers, the hall was the give away black wallpaper with blood red and silver poppies which were about a foot across,
the lounge that had floral laura ashley type wallpaper and carpet,and cushions, and curtains, and frilly floral things on the back of the floral sofa.
The master bedroom that had frolicking nymphs and shepherds and fluffly bouncy little lambykins and flowers.they finished this with giltand pink, a LOT of gilt curly things on the furniture, a sort of Louis the 14th meets a ladies boudior with gilt and FLOWERS.
The bathroom which was grey tiles, blood red carpet and a rose pink suite and flowers and frolicking dolphins and sea shells.
The second bedroom was PINK, in your face barbies kidney pink and frilly with flowers.
The kitchen was described as cottage style, it was but had so much stuff hanging from the (mock) beams that it was hard to see the dried flowers along the tops of the cupboards.

AlmightyCitrus Sat 27-Aug-11 01:39:41

Estate agent: "It needs a bit of work"

Me "You don't say.." As a gazed up from the ground floor, through the hole in the floor above, through the hole in the roof. There were pigeons nesting in the kitchen.

HoneyPablo Sat 27-Aug-11 09:23:24

The house where the old lady had died and her adult son was living there, with his huge underpants blowing in the breeze on the washing line, still gives me the creeps. I don't know how long she had been dead, but you could still see her imprint in the bed. That freaked me out, mostly because the estate agent looked like Dracula. I asked him a question and he didn't know, he said he wasn't in contact with the office. I have never felt so uncomfortable in my life and couldn't wait to leave.

ripstheirthroatoutliveupstairs Sat 27-Aug-11 09:35:14

The house with a couple of beheaded birds, not just dead, beheaded.
The house with 24 cats in it, one of which jumped on cat hating DHs shoulder nearly giving him kittens.
The house with the mechanical butler in the garage. Nearly pood myself.
The house with few roof tiles on.
The flat next to a knocking shop.
The flat with a damp patch on the wall from the waterfall outside.
The completely peach coloured house that I actually considered buying hmm. The outside wood was peach, the walls and carpets were peach, the curtains and blinds were peach, the bathroom suite was, yep, peach and the woman had gone to the trouble of sourcing a peach smelling air freshener.

JackTheNipper Sat 27-Aug-11 10:25:20

We've just bought our house, it was re-posessed, it contained a bedroom full of rubbish, a family of mice, a leak in the loft making the roof soffit come through a whole in the dining room celing and a kicked in door (borded up) we actually wanted to buy it in that condition but didn't sell our house quick enough, therefore a builder bought it and did all the work and put it back on the market, we had sold our house by this time and was in the process of buying another house, but the survey we got back was v dodgy, and we saw people selling drugs at the end of the street.
So we got this one, and I must say I'm very pleased! grin
but other disasters that we viewed were the house with a million cats with cat piss everywhere, DH is allergic and ashmatic he only managed 2 mins in there before we had to get out.
The house with an integral garage but the supporting wall between the garage and kitchen was knocked down, (bricks and insulation everywhere) it was also re-posessed had half a bath and numerous pairs of frilly pants and suspenders lying in ramdom places.
The one with slugs climbing up the internal wall! It also had an infestation of some kind of bugs.

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