Some homeowners having the rug pulled from underneath them in North Lincs
NEARLY one in five over 50s in Yorkshire and the Humber have found the carpet missing when moving into a new home.
Roughly 16 per cent of over 50s found that the previous owner had ripped up the carpet and taken it with them.
Nationally, nearly one in five over 50s say previous owners walked off with the light bulbs – maybe because modern energy saving light bulbs are so expensive - while one in ten found trees, plants and shrubs had been removed from the garden and even the washing line had gone. Perhaps surprisingly, one in eight nationally said that the previous owner had also ripped up the carpets.
However, older homeowners leave helpful items for the next owners such as personal notes on how things work (42 per cent). Their kindness and thoughtfulness extends even further as a fifth have left welcome or good luck cards (21 per cent), and an extremely generous one in eight (13 per cent) left gifts such as a bottle of wine or a plant.
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The most thoughtful people are in the South East as they are the most likely to leave things to help the next owners, whereas people living in the South West take the most when moving home.
Roger Ramsden, chief executive, Saga Services commented: "In cash strapped times it's nice to see many householders are making thoughtful gestures by leaving cards or takeaway menus for the new owners. I'm sure they appreciate not having to cook on their first night in a new home even if they do have to eat off a cardboard box."