If you're lucky, when you move into your new home you'll find it neat and tidy - if you're really lucky, you might find flowers and a bottle of wine.
That's probably not going to be the case if you buy any of this week's featured properties. Sometimes, a house has been left empty for decades; sometimes executors of a probate sale simply haven't got the time or energy to clear it. Sometimes it's just, well, a bit too lived in.
We look at seven houses where you'll be doing a fair amount of clearing up before you can move in.
This two-bedroom terraced house is half the price of similar properties nearby - and it's easy to see the reason why. Not only is the wallpaper peeling off the walls, but it's full of decaying furniture and rubbish. There's a garden out back, but don't expect a peaceful oasis - you'll be picking your way through a ton of rubble and plastic bags. It's up for sale for £45,000 through Auction House Cumbria.
On the upside, this old smithy is several centuries old and full of character, as well as having an acre of land. On the downside, it's a bit of a tip, to say the least. There's an extra three acres of land for sale that used to be used as a scrap yard, and it looks as if the owners left in something of a hurry. But for anyone that can handle the work, the place has great potential. Contact Evans Bros for more information.
Up for auction in mid-July, this two-bedder isn't for the faint-hearted. It's not entirely clear how much of the contents will be removed, but there's certainly plenty of stuff in there now. There are, for some reason, a bike and a large wheely-bin in the kitchen; a rabbit-hutch dominates the small back yard. The house has a guide price of £32,000; contact Butters John Bee for more details.
While somebody's clearly been living in this double-fronted three-bedroom terrace, the agents don't think it terribly habitable - they suggest knocking it down and starting again. There's certainly the opportunity to put up a new house on the good-sized and comparatively clear plot, and it's in a pleasant area. Another auction property, it has a guide price of £60,00 through Cardwells Sales, Lettings & Management and goes under the hammer in mid-July.
Last time this two-bed flat sold, ten years ago, it went for £65,000, making the current £25,000 price tag something of a bargain. As agents Auction House Scotland point out, though, it's currently uninhabitable, thanks to a fire, and all the rooms are full of junk. But it's set in a lovely building, with communal gardens and a great location, and could be worth over £80,000 once it's cleared out and fixed up.
Quite frankly, the broken bicycles, timber and rubble in this cottage are the least of your worries - the building's completely derelict, with holes in the roof and ivy growing through the walls. It's been abandoned for 70 years. But there's permission to repair and extend to create a three-bedroom house in what's an undeniably pretty location. It's up for sale by informal tender - give agents Durrant your offer by 26 June.
Another fire-damaged and abandoned property, this two-bed house needs completely gutting and renovating - once you've cleared all the junk out, that is. But there's the potential to turn it back into a pleasant home, with a good-sized kitchen and living room and a garden out back. The auction guide price is £25,000, through agent John Francis.
10 most viewed homes
10 most viewed homes
This five-bedroom, £4.5 million property was built in 2009, and designed to impress - with an indoor pool, sweeping staircase, a state of the art kitchen, feature fireplaces, a gym, and a bathroom for each of the five bedrooms. It seems to have worked, as the property had 14,000 views in a month.
Did someone say footballer?
At the other end of the affordability spectrum, there’s a good chance that the attention this two-bedroom flat is getting (17,000 views in a month) has something to do with the fact that it costs just £113,000. In Newport that buys you two double bedrooms and an allocated parking space near the city centre.
This is a stunning home in Padstow, boasting six bedrooms, an impressive vaulted entrance hall, open-plan living, and an outdoor pool.
However, the most striking aspect of the property has to be the incredible views all around.
It'll set you back £2.25 million, but that hasn't put 20,000 people off viewing the property in a month.
For your £5.5 million, you get an impressive indoor gym and pool, plenty of entertaining space, a master bedroom suite complete with mirrored dressing room, and separate staff accommodation. The grounds are fitted with extensive security and CCTV, so nobody will ever get inside. While it's on the market, of course, we all get a chance to have a look around, and in one month 34,000 people have.
This beautiful four-bedroom house on the Isle of Skye is just £100,000, which makes it a reasonable proposition as a holiday cottage or bed and breakfast.
It has been recently renovated too, so you won't have a maintenance mountain to climb before you start. It’s a great place to view while you dream of a remote island life - which may be one of the reasons why 41,000 people have viewed it in a month
This six-bedroom newbuild looks fairly traditional from the outside, but inside has opted for a sea of shiny white flooring, a shiny white kitchen, and a master suite that comes with its own (shiny white) dressing room.
It’s well worth a look - after all 42,000 people have viewed it in a month - but if you want to move in, it’ll set you back £2.65 million.
This four bedroom detached new build in Grimsby comes with some footballer essentials - including a shiny white kitchen, Bi-fold doors onto the terrace, master bedroom suite with dressing room and a free-standing bath in the family bathroom.
And because it’s in Grimsby, all this comes with a very reasonable price tag of £379,000. It’s such a good deal that 58,000 people have viewed it in a month.
This new build in Cheam, in Surrey, is advertised without a price. But given it has six bedrooms, a swanky kitchen and bathrooms, a games room, several sitting rooms, and Bi-fold doors onto an impressive garden (built for entertaining ), you can safely assume you’re looking at several million pounds. You can have a look yourself, and decide what it’s worth, after-all, 92,000 people already have in the past month.
For the petrol head who moves in, there are also three reception rooms, five double bedrooms (four of which are en-suite and one of which comes with a dressing room). It’ll cost you £2 million, so take your time having a look first - joining 150,000 people who have nosed around in the past month.
This five bedroom detached home in Lanark is the most viewed property in the country, with 212,000 views in a month.
Clearly people are intrigued as to how they can get an immaculate detached five bedroom home for less than £200,000 - over £500,000 less than the average asking price for a five bed house in the UK. The answer is, of course, that Lanark is home to some incredibly affordable property - so this constitutes a pricey property for the area.