I recently bought my second house to flip and there was usual junk left, but also a brand new carpet cleaner machine. So that got me thinking what was the most valuable or strangest thing you have discovered in a new RE acquisition? Funny story the first house I bought and am flipping one of my guys found a gold bracelet nestled in the window and I said throw it away but he insisted on keeping it,of course come to find out it was 14k gold made in Italy. I told him it was his Christmas bonus lol
Mostly junk. The most common useful thing is usable furniture.
Probably the most valuable thing I've found was maybe $200 worth of untouched insulation material
From one hoarder house I did a couple years ago, I pulled out about $10K worth of comic books, guns, ammo, collectible knives and other stuff...
I still have a couple things that I haven't been able to get an accurate appraisal for, but I think are worth several thousand dollars. Still waiting for antiques roadshow to come by... :)
@JScott I guess the class of hoarder makes a difference. Good to know upscale hoarding can be lucrative.
@ JScott loved your books btw
I have a friend who found $10k in cash. In a box hidden in the attic.
I found a lollypop .
I found a pool ladder in a shed one time and I needed it at my home. Luckily it fit.
The last home sold had 4 barns. 3 abandoned cars, 13 truck loads of trash later there were more junk found in the chicken coops. Apparently they checked out >700 unreturned tapes from the library, mattress, toys decayed. A safe filled with dirty cloths. I think homeless used the barn also.
Have acquired two lockboxes, three dehumidifiers and a number of master locks left behind by property mgmt. Have also sold old appliances on Craigslist, paid for some dinners out...
Electrition found $300 in cash and asked me if it was mine
It was not so I messaged the seller. She said it was hers but we could keep it
I gave it to the electrition
Tons of auto parts. Previous owner apparently had a habit of taking items home from work? Or possibly working on the side. Either way, I was able to part out a few, use a couple, and offload the rest to people that needed them.
So I’m thinking now with all this great stuff we should have a Bigger Pockets yard sale.
Not one of my purchases but a few years back when i was cleaning out hoarder houses for a local investor I found a brand new sewing and embroidery machine, looked it up and it was worth about $800. It made my mom very happy.
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