Well, it's official - we are homeowners for the very first time! 9 years of married life having rented, I couldn't be more ready for this. We found a beautiful home that we were able to get a great deal (price wise) on because the couple didn't take very good care of it. But we REALLY wanted this house. I mean, seriously - great neighborhood, great schools, 5!! bedrooms, a playroom, big yard - this is our perfect home. We were competing with someone else to get it and so to give ourselves an advantage, we said we'd take it "as is". We thought this meant that we would take it without any major repairs. They thought this meant they could leave the house a disgusting pit of filth. Seriously, so gross. Let me paint you a visual picture (with actual pictures to follow - I am SOOOOO turning this whole thing into blog gold ;P):
Our house funded Friday afternoon, so we beat cheeks over there to get in and see what needed to be done before we moved in. As I started walking around to write a list, more stuff started jumping out at me. Some things we knew about already, like:
-cat pee swollen and stained baseboards that needed to be ripped out. We thought it was only in three rooms. Oh, how wrong we were... But the cat didn't pee on the carpet, just the wall and baseboards. Bonus that we didn't have to pay the carpet guy to use his enzyme cleaner - however, now we have to replace the drywall in those sections because even "Nature's Miracle" enzyme cleaner won't get rid of that stench. Oh boy...
-a broken window
-cosmetic stuff (making it ours and all that jazz)
A lot of things we WEREN'T expecting, like:
-the cat fur and cat litter that they had managed to sweep into piles and yet conveniently forgot to actually put in the trash. Oh no, they just left it in the corners of the rooms. (My sweet father-in-law swept all that up while my husband vacuumed before the professional floor cleaners came in on Saturday) UPDATE: Ran into their realtor and found out that she was the one who hastily swept up a bit when she saw the condition of the house :/ So....it would have been even worse, if that's possible.
-Dog house left in the backyard, along with a slew of other bits of junk.
-The completely uncleaned kitchen, with leftover food, grime, bits, and grossness over pretty much every surface. The oven, oh that poor oven. I don't think it has ever been cleaned until today. Not to mention the crap they just decided they didn't want to take with them, so they just left it in the cabinets. It's like they took a sweep at the stuff with their arms and whatever didn't come out with that was left as it fell. Oh, and the wet towel in the sink. That was super cool.
...and speaking of leaving their crap lying around...
-the bathrooms, which were not even remotely cleaned. Hard-water stained shower door, complete with shower gel, poof, razor and soap that they just left there. But the piece de resistance was the master toilet. Goodnight, that toilet - I'm talking poop spray and hair. I'm vomiting in my mouth a little as I think about it. I went on a nice little rant to my husband about this which may or may not be burned into his memory forever.
-the doors. I literally spent about 4 hours, a full bottle of cleaning solution, about 3/4 of a roll of paper towels, and half a container of disinfecting wipes today just cleaning the downstairs doors. You expect food splatter and greasy hand marks in food areas, but on every door on the first floor?? (I haven't even gotten to the second floor yet...)
Instead of rattling on and on and ON with this list, I'm just going to photo dump the rest and let you see for yourselves. The photos are not great quality because the lighting was pretty bad and I was using my phone ;P Here goes - try not to lose your lunch...
|Entryway - "Meh, you think they'll notice we didn't paint over our horrible patch job?" "No, Honey, I think they'll be too focused on the rest of our filth to care."|
|Cat pee in corner #1 of dining room|
|Cat pee in corner 2 of dining room|
|Pantry door - Doesn't show up as well in pictures, but if you look closely, you can see the greasy grime all over this.|
|The pantry shelves AFTER my father-in-law threw away all the trash and old containers they had left in there.|
|The lovely microwave on the inside|
|Greasy fingerprints all over the outside. Yum.|
|Our poor, sad little oven. "Why does nobody love me??"|
|Just an example of one of the drawers.|
|Under the kitchen sink|
|An example of one of the cabinets and the junk they left there.|
|Another drawer in the kitchen|
|Under the stove|
|Next to the stove - if you look closely, you can see all kinds of food splatter stuck to the socket and backsplash|
|I don't even want to know what that splatter mark in the master bedroom is...|
|The heavily soap-scummed master shower door, complete with their leftover showering supplies.|
|The master tub|
|Master sink #1|
|Master sink #2|
|Master closet shelves|
|Powder room toilet - I spared you the master toilet...it was even worse. And that ring? Permanently burned into the toilet seat. Barf.|
|What will be my craft room...I don't even remotely want to know why that light socket is greasy...although it's POSSIBLE they sprayed with a disinfectant or something. I highly doubt it however...|
|The wall in what will be my craft room. Why is it greasy? It was a teenage boy's room, so I really, REALLY don't want to know. The three empty condom boxes that he threw in the little attic access entry in this room makes me even more wary.|
|Sweet paint job, guys...|
|Linen closet. I guess not everything they left was horrible...|
|The freezer section of the fridge we paid $350 for from them...|
|And the freezer door. Eeeeewwwww.|
|I guess we have hard water. As if I couldn't tell that from the shower door. But thanks for leaving me this reminder as well.|
|Laundry room hookups. Apparently, they used purple detergent??|
UPDATE: This is actually not their fault. In the process of remodeling bathrooms, my husband discovered that this is some sort of plumbing epoxy. So, it was the builders who did this O_o
|The garage entry door. Nice greasy marks all over it.|
|The outside of the garage entryway|
|Our front door. Apparently their dog had a disagreement with it.|
|Some sort of food or drink splatter on the doorbell thingy...at the top of the wall by the ceiling...|
|Kitchen window splatter...on the outside...|
|Food splatter on the door leading from kitchen into the dining room. At least it makes sense for it to be in this area.|
|Brian doing his best impersonation of the previous owner's cats on a random unused toilet seat we found in the master closet.|
|Hey, at least we got a free vacuum out of it! This was left in the garage and was mostly empty before Brian started vacuuming :/|
I think my favorite quote of the day was from Brian while cleaning out the freezer:
"There's enough fur in here for a whole cat!" ??????
It's been interesting, to say the least. Cleaning for so many hours on end tends to get monotonous and your mind tends to wander. After a few hours, Brian and I got a little punch drunk sleepy tired and started getting goofy (hence the picture of him impersonating a cat). Based on the things we were cleaning, we came to several conclusions about the people we bought our house from:
#1. They never washed their hands. Like EVER. Which is super nasty because I shook hands with them at closing. Totally wouldn't have done that if I had known.
#2. They must have gesticulated wildly when they talked, and always with food in hand. I don't know how else to explain the food splatter in pretty much every room and as high up as the ceiling in some places.
#3. Their cat was magical and could fly. I don't know how else cat fur accumulates at the tops of doors.
Oh boy, do we have our work cut out for us ;P Stay tuned for more adventures of Our Homemade Home!