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Date: 3/5/12 1:28 PM

So, I've been in a new-to-me house for about six months now. We are still finding nasties from the previous occupant. Some of it is just so gross. I pulled the stove out yesterday, and found well, you might not want to know. Let's just say it took a solid 45 minutes to clean up the space, and it's by no means perfect (it's only so good as "I can sleep at night knowing what this looks like."

So what's the worst you've found in a new-to-you home? Help me feel like I'm not the only one!

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Date: 3/5/12 2:21 PM

Always been lucky in that previous residents have left the places clean. About every 3-4 years I like to pull out the oven and clean. I can take out the drawer and get the floor to the wall but gunk seems to always manage to get on the counter walls next to the oven.

Want to feel better about what you found? Watch Hoarders (A&E) or Hoarding Buried Alive (TLC). On second thought: don't!

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-- Edited on 3/5/12 2:22 PM --

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Date: 3/5/12 2:32 PM

THe first house we moved into: the previous resident had cleaned out the refridgerator into a brown paper grocery bag and left it in the sink. In August. In Tennessee.
Same resident collected newspapers and magazines (or just didn't throw them away/move them) into a closet. Found a family of (dead) mice living in there.
That was a nasty house, and we weren't the owners (rental from a family member). Had it been me, I would have refused to sign the closing papers until they cleaned it up but I was 21 years old and pretty clueless. Live and learn.

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Date: 3/5/12 2:36 PM

Mame, one day you'll laugh about this!

My late father-in-law was a pack rat -- not quite "Hoarders" level but well on the way there. When my husband and I inherited his house almost ten years ago, we cleaned out a massive and truly impressive amount of old junk, mostly men's clothes he had purchased during his $15 a day shopping fix at Goodwill.

In fact, he was shopping at Goodwill just two hours before he died of a sudden heart attack. I know this because I found several years worth of cash register receipts which he'd compulsively organized in reverse chronological order.

My husband and I actually filled six lawn and trash bags with nothing but men's silk neckties. There were a few other categories he focused his shopping energies on too -- tuxedos and cowboy boots (neither of which he ever wore) and, for some inexplicable reason, old fashioned telephone answering machines. We found almost two dozen scattered around the house -- though none were actually plugged in.

Anyway, after a month of almost nonstop sorting and cleaning, we had filled an entire huge living room and dining room with lawn and trashbags, all bursting at the seams. Then I called Goodwill and told them to send their largest empty truck because their most faithful customer (and biggest spender) was sending everything back. When the man from Goodwill arrived, he laughed and shook his head in disbelief. He said he'd worked for Goodwill for over twenty years but had never seen so much junk in one house in his life.





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Date: 3/5/12 3:28 PM

A dead cat under the jacuzzi tub.

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Date: 3/5/12 3:29 PM

Friends of mine moved into a rental apartment that they quickly discovered had been a brothel just before they moved in. They found disgusting used tissues stuck to the wall behind the bedroom furniture, used condoms, and arrest warrants in the kitchen drawers. My friend (with her newborn baby on her hip) was almost afraid to answer her own door because previous customers who came calling thought she was available for business. So yeah, that was gross on many levels.

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Date: 3/5/12 4:22 PM

I only watch Hoarders to make me feel like Martha Stewart lol.

We've lived in our house about 22 years and I don't think I found anything gross from the previous owners. What I have found is of my own doing!

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Date: 3/5/12 4:37 PM

Pornographic videos hidden in the attic. And in the garage pull down stairs. Yuck!

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Date: 3/5/12 5:02 PM

We didn't find anything too gross... but they did leave quite a bit of junk behind! They left couple of used motorcycle batteries, a lot of paint, used motor oil in a tub outside (big mess we're trying to get cleaned up), old unusable canopy umbrella, all sorts of broken shards of ceramic pots outside etc. We still find things they've left behind! I'm certainly glad though we didn't find anything like what you've all found so far.

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Date: 3/5/12 5:41 PM

for me, it was the house in NY...it had been a rental for years before we bought it, but supposedly had been all cleaned out....but I kept finding fake fingernails EVERYWHERE....apparently cleaning it out meant replacing the carpet and painting the walls....*I* was the one to vacuum the vents as best as I could and that's how I discovered the fake nails....ick

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