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What useful things have you been left by previous occupant?

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wowfudge Tue 04-Aug-15 20:03:21

I'm adding this thread as I have just finished coat number three on a ceiling with the help of a roller extension pole the vendor left in the first house I bought. They never reclaimed it.

There are frequent threads about how rank people have left places and we had to hire to skip to get rid of the crap left by the previous occupants of our current house so I thought a positive alternative would be good.

Etak15 Tue 04-Aug-15 20:06:14

One of those dustpan and brushes with the long handles - I love it!!

MrsNuckyThompson Tue 04-Aug-15 20:10:47

Two wardrobes. We were moving from a small flat to a big family home which needed tons of work. The wardrobes have taken a battering while we've been doing up the house but saved us money at the time when cash flow was an issue!!

themagicamulet Tue 04-Aug-15 20:12:51

A huge Victorian kitchen dresser which was varnished in monstrous 70s orange knotty pine and looked ready for the skip but actually looks fab painted cream.

An endlessly useful and indestructible oven dish which I use every day

2 mahogany chests of drawers which we have had for a decade in exactly the same positions as the previous (sadly deceased) owner

Polyethyl Tue 04-Aug-15 20:15:09

Our sellers left a fridge, kettle, two mugs, 2 tea bags, tea spoon and a pot of sugar all laid out for us to have an immediate cup of tea when we collected the keys.

MsDragons Tue 04-Aug-15 20:15:12

2 wardrobes, a bookcase and a chest of drawers.

We were really glad of them, but if we'd had more furniture of our own then it would have been a pain to have to get rid of them.

Stylingwax Tue 04-Aug-15 20:15:45

Washing machine and tumble dryer. We sold after 3 years and left them for the buyer. It felt like they came with the flat!

ShootTheMoon Tue 04-Aug-15 20:17:11

All sorts! Our vendor (who was moving into a care home) kindly left us a vacuum cleaner (which is useful for DIY clean up as we have a lot of work to do), some cleaning products, loads of old but sturdy gardening tools, an airer, two single beds & nearly new mattresses, and two roller cleaner thingies.

We were chuffed and agreed to look after his 70 year old hydrangeas in return smile.

themagicamulet Tue 04-Aug-15 20:18:05

that reminds me - 1970s Phillips washer and dryer plumbed in in the shed which were still going strong and must have been state of the art at the time. We used them for 2 years while house renovations were going on

HarlettOScara Tue 04-Aug-15 20:19:01

In my last house, the previous owner left bedroom furniture in that 80s black ash or whatever it was called. We were skint so I painted them cream and they served us well for the years we lived there. We sold to an investor who was going to rent it out and he asked if we were leaving the bedroom furniture so was obviously planning to use it for tenants. It's probably still in use now!

In this house, the previous owner had died and the son was selling. He couldn't be arsed to clear it out properly so we inherited piles of shit. However, I love the 2 old dial telephones that were left and still use one. We're moving soon and I'm taking them with me.

cathcustard Tue 04-Aug-15 20:20:23

A beautiful, enormous stone urn in the garden.
It was too heavy to move apparently.
We admire it daily.

ReadtheSmallPrint Tue 04-Aug-15 20:27:57

A solid pine refectory table was left dismantled in the garden shed of our first house in 1994.

We still use it as our dining table (although it is past its best now).

LizLemonsGlasses Tue 04-Aug-15 20:28:00

A huge wooden mid-century dresser, complete with drinks cabinet smile We love it and use it for dishes, glasses - and drinks obviously!

But my favourite thing they left was the three little bottles of holy water from Lourdes at the back of the wardrobe. I'm Presbyterian grin

FishWithABicycle Tue 04-Aug-15 20:29:27

We had a welding mask and a machete left for us by our house's previous owner.

MehsMum Tue 04-Aug-15 20:29:32

Some homemade toy wooden farm buildings, shoved in a loft, very dusty and possibly dating back to long before our vendors. Not useful exactly, but the DC got a lot of fun out of them.

Archfarchnad Tue 04-Aug-15 20:30:15

An axe.

Nothing but an axe.

Covered in splashes of red paint (yes, it was definitely gloss paint).

Methe Tue 04-Aug-15 20:31:02

An enamel oven tray that I've used everyday for ten and a half years!

FenellaFellorick Tue 04-Aug-15 20:31:32

Best - a washing machine, fridge freezer, microwave, full length mirror and clothes rail.

(One for the worst things thread - a dead dog in a bin liner in the back garden sad

SunnyL Tue 04-Aug-15 20:32:26

8 demi johns that DH uses to brew beer in and give as Christmas presents to people.

ohidoliketobe Tue 04-Aug-15 20:34:51

A set of ladders hung up down the drive and a 7ft artificial christmas tree in the loft! We put it up the first Christmas. I was petrified they were going to come back for it ha.

MsAdorabelleDearheartVonLipwig Tue 04-Aug-15 20:34:57

Loads of really nice pairs of expensive looking curtains. We stil have some of them up now.

Quietlifenotonyournelly Tue 04-Aug-15 20:36:09

Two wardrobes and a chest of drawers, our other house had all fitted so was grateful as meant didn't have to buy new and they were in the style I like too, bonus. We left a large table, dishwasher, chest freezer, dresser and large full length mirror and the kettle.

SeraOfeliaFalfurrias Tue 04-Aug-15 20:36:38

I once lived a shared house with friends and in the (fully carpeted?!?!) loft there were bags and bags of really nice clothes. We were poor students so whenever we needed a nice new outfit for an interview or something we would pop up there, and we always found something perfect.

I'm not sure why we never just brought it all down and sorted it out though. I blame the drugs. blush

lostindubai Tue 04-Aug-15 20:38:29

Two wardrobes. Didn't make up for the number of botch jobs we've found since though hmm

Are there rules about what you can leave behind? Surely there must be a limit?

FreeButtonBee Tue 04-Aug-15 20:46:54

3 Edwardian dining chairs. Just needed the cushion pads recovered and they are perfect for the spare room/computer desk. Also a pick axe...

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