In a town in New York State, a nightmare house has just been sold. Inside, towers of pizza boxes and rubbish teeter precariously, reaching several feet into the air. Meanwhile, the kitchen stinks of rotting food and maggots, and flies crawl along seemingly every surface. But just what possessed someone to buy such a filthy home, and what could they possibly plan to do with it?
On November 21, 2016, a Redditor known as nevertrustapigfarmer uploaded a series of photographs to the popular site. In the post, they documented the scenes that greeted them when they first entered the house, which had previously been owned by a man whom the user described as a hoarder.
And the photos are enough to make the average bachelor pad seem like a palace. In the living room, a mound of trash fills up the majority of the space. What’s more, just a couple of tattered chairs sit at the outskirts, overwhelmed by takeout cartons and plastic bottles.
According to the poster, the house’s previous owner was a fan of pizza. However, the hoarder apparently found it too much of an effort to put the boxes in the trash when he had finished with them and chose instead to simply throw them behind his chair.
Moreover, in the dining area, the story was the same. Indeed, discarded wrappers and plastic containers were everywhere, giving the impression that the room had not been used in a long while.
And according to the Reddit user, the adjoining kitchen was the worst part of the house by far. Here, rubbish was piled up so thickly that no trace of the floor could be seen. The smell, apparently, is still a painful memory for the Redditor today.
But in amongst the rotting food and the decaying carrier bags, an even more gruesome surprise awaited: new life had begun to breed in the disgusting conditions. “Seriously,” the poster wrote, “the amount of maggots and flies was scary.”
Meanwhile, upstairs, the nightmare continued. Although the lights weren’t working, the poster was able to make out the rooms, which were covered in old clothes and boxes of files and papers. Eerily, it seemed as if the previous resident had simply left everything behind.
In the basement, however, things got even worse. Rags, apparently covered in bodily fluids, were strewn around the room. And, still worse, old televisions and a drum kit lay half buried in filth.
Furthermore, before entering the property, the poster knew that the previous owner had owned a dog. On entry, though, the conditions under which the animal had been kept soon became apparent. Indeed, in the basement, the user found piles of animal feces that had been shoveled in from the rooms above.
So, as one might guess, the backstory of the house was tragic. According to the poster, the original owner’s mother had passed away, and subsequently the man had simply stopped throwing away his trash. “[He was] definitely sick,” the poster commented on a Reddit thread.
And when the original owner hit financial difficulties and was unable to pay his taxes, the house had been put up for auction. At that time, meanwhile, the Reddit poster had decided to take on a new project and had begun checking out foreclosure sales in the area of Penfield, New York.
After four months of researching properties and attending auctions, then, they made a successful bid on the hoarder’s house. Then for the next 90 days, they slaved away after work and at the weekends to transform the hovel into something that they could sell on for a tidy profit.
But while it was apparently their first time flipping a property, they didn’t let the task daunt them. Instead, they roped in some buddies, opened some beers and got to work. Luckily, they already owned most of the tools required for the job.
The first step, then, was the kitchen. Equipped with gloves, trashcans and coal shovels, the friends began to clear the unbelievable amounts of rubbish from the house. And, slowly, counters and surfaces began to emerge from the filth.
Surprisingly, in the end the room didn’t scrub up too badly. The poster even considered painting and reusing the kitchen cabinets, although they ultimately decided on a whole new look. In the living room and dining area, however, another disgusting surprise was lying in wait.
Unfortunately, it turned out that the floor in both rooms had been badly damaged – by dog urine. “Not happy about that,” the new owner admitted. And to cover up the damage, they consequently laid a new floor made of stained walnut.
Upstairs, meanwhile, there was the strong smell of cigarette smoke to contend with. Cleverly, though, the poster used a primer and paint to seal up the smell. “It worked wonderfully,” they proclaimed. And despite the grime, there were some treasures to be found: amazingly, hidden in the bedroom drawers were real diamonds, along with a ring set with precious stones.
Furthermore, once the house was made liveable, there was also some remodeling to be done. New counters were therefore installed in the kitchen, and oak flooring was laid on the ground floor. What’s more, the bathroom was given a total overhaul – although the poster does admit to having reused the bathtub.
In the end, the poster spent $32,000 renovating the house – on top of the $28,000 they paid for the property at auction. Ultimately, then, it turned out to be a great investment: without including the hours they put in, they made a profit of $65,000. Not bad for an after-work project with friends!