The 3 Best and 3 Worst Things Former Owners Leave Behind

Buying a new home can sometimes come with surprises. When former owners do not want something, or they are in a hurry to leave the premises, they sometimes leave behind things that you will have to deal with. To protect yourself, you should contact an attorney to find out what your legal responsibilities are towards these abandoned items. Once you understand your responsibilities, the next step is to find a use for the items or find a way to get rid of them.




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In this case, valuables can mean anything from jewelry to a secret wall compartment filled with money or old coins. If you think it cannot happen to you, then think again. All you need to do is search the Internet for stories about people who move into a new home and find valuables that were left behind. You will also notice that many of these stories say that the former owners will often sue to get their valuables back. That is why it is important to contact an attorney and find out what your responsibilities are.

Landscaping Tools

Landscape Tools

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It is not unusual to move into a new home and find an old lawn mower in the garage or a wall of gardening tools that were left behind. If these are all in operational condition, then this could be a great find. Landscaping tools can be expensive, especially lawn mowers. If you get a free mower when you move into your new home, then that is a convenient house-warming gift from the previous owners.

Home Decorations

Home Decor

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As you go through your new home, you may find items such as wall clocks, paintings or old tables left behind by the previous owner. These can be great ways to add some color to a wall in your living room or as night stands for your bedrooms. If the items do not appeal to you, then you can sell them and use the money to buy wall decorations you would enjoy.




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Few things are more heart-breaking than opening the front door of your new home only to find that the previous owners left their pets behind. It happens more often than animal lovers care to discuss and it in some states it is considered a crime.


Real Estate Garbage

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When the previous owners were packing up their home, they may have sent home appliances such as their refrigerator and stove ahead to their new home. That means that you are left with take-out containers to clean up. In some cases, the garbage left behind by previous owners can be disgusting and dangerous. You should contract a professional organization to get rid of the refuse safely.



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Wall decorations are one thing, but a room full of old furniture is another. Especially if that furniture has stains and debris all over it. It could take you days to finally make room for your own furniture in your new home.

When you are getting ready to open the door to your new home for the first time, you should be prepared for anything. You never know what kinds of interesting things the previous owners have left behind for you to deal with.

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