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Abandoned house not really abandoned
< on 2/25/2013 5:48 AM >
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There's a house that looks abandoned that I want to explore. I drive by this house about ever other day to look for any changes, cars parked, lights turned on, change of the window blinds, anything to indicate there might be someone there. It doesn't look like anything has changed and the exterior is in bad shape which leads me to believe it's abandoned... but I'm worried that I'll run into the owner who is still living there.

Has anyone went to explore a house that looked abandoned but turned out that it wasn't? If so, how have you dealt with the situation?

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Re: Abandoned house not really abandoned
<Reply # 1 on 2/25/2013 6:12 AM >
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It's happened to just about everyone here probably, or at least as far as finding squatters living inside.

One thing you could try doing is attaching a piece of tape from a door to the frame and coming back in a few days to see if anyone's opened it.

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Re: Abandoned house not really abandoned
<Reply # 2 on 2/25/2013 8:31 AM >
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Oh man, I had an experience like this about 2 years ago.

I was exploring this new housing tract at night. It had all these houses in various states of the building process. Some were "almost finished" but I could find windows to slide open and wriggle in through.

I had just gone from this one house, through the backyard into the next, cuz the fences weren't put up yet, found a bathroom window up high that was unlocked, but it was small. So I had to pull myself up and wriggle through then try not to fall down into the toilet head-first.

Walked into the kitchen, and saw a cell phone charging on the counter top, a bag of chips, someone's jacket over a chair, and heard snoring coming from down the hallway.

Got that electric "OH SHIT" feeling, and tiptoe'd over to the sliding door, unlocked it slowly, and crept outside. Then went home.

Guess it could have gone differently. Thankfully that dude is a heavy sleeper.

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Re: Abandoned house not really abandoned
<Reply # 3 on 2/25/2013 7:08 PM >
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I can't imagine sitting on my couch and turning around to see an explorer staring at me with that "oh shit" look on their face. Of course, I'd offer them a beer, but it's scary to think about how a non-explorer might react.

There's a house about a block from where I live in the MSP area that's tiny and in terrible shape. The paint is peeling of the siding, the roof looks horrible, the front steps are breaking and the drive/front walk are never shoveled in the winter. There's also never a car in the drive (and there isn't a garage).

I'd been watching the site for days, never really bothering to go inside but always considering the idea (there were much bigger places to explore). It was late October and the snow was covering everything. There were no footprints, signs of shoveling or salt to be seen, so I figured it was safe. I remembering thinking I'd explore it after Halloween, which was coming in a few days. Thank god I waited, because on Halloween night there were three jack-o-lanterns on the side stoop alongside two pairs of shoes.

The place still baffles me. I have no idea how they leave or enter the house without leaving footprints (in the winter) and why, at night, there are never lights on. I mean what...are they hermits that can see in the dark?

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Re: Abandoned house not really abandoned
<Reply # 4 on 2/26/2013 12:02 AM >
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Only once or twice, but no one noticed so I left. Follow the powerlines from the street to the house and you'll find the power meter. Check for activity but mind you this doesn't indicate whether or not there's an alarm. If that happens, GTFO. Been there too.

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Re: Abandoned house not really abandoned
<Reply # 5 on 2/26/2013 12:39 AM >
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Therrin, That's pretty intense. I'm sure Squatters are one thing, you can't get into any serious trouble (with the law at least) but running into an actual home owner, oh man.

I'll keep an eye out for the power meter and try using the tape. Thanks for the tips.

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Re: Abandoned house not really abandoned
<Reply # 6 on 2/26/2013 5:47 AM >
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Careful with the meter thing. I dunno about out there, but around here people might feel pretty strongly about you creepin' on their power meter if they see you. lol.

Give a person a match and they'll be warm for a minute, but light them on fire and they'll be warm for the rest of their life. =)
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Re: Abandoned house not really abandoned
<Reply # 7 on 2/26/2013 7:57 AM >
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Probably better to be yelled at for looking at a power metter then it is to be caught in someone's living room lol

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Re: Abandoned house not really abandoned
<Reply # 8 on 2/26/2013 8:28 AM >
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touche`!!

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Re: Abandoned house not really abandoned
<Reply # 9 on 2/26/2013 6:11 PM >
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Well, while we're on the subject. One time I did actually enter a building that was not at all abandoned, it sucked pretty hard.

It was a motel attached to an abandoned concert center but it looked like trash. So when I opened the window and scoped the basement, it sucked to hear the residents and a radio upstairs. I got close to it just to be sure, but once I realized the stairs lead to them I climbed back and and politely closed the window.

That was a very awkward and anxious walk back to the car.
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Re: Abandoned house not really abandoned
<Reply # 10 on 2/26/2013 9:11 PM >
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There was one time when I was checking out some old warehouses in the oil fields by my house that I THOUGHT were abandoned. As I was looking for a way past the barbed wire fence, a couple white trucks pulled up and a guy (who obviously worked there) asked me what I was doing. I told him I was a photographer, to which he responded by looking at me like I was a complete idiot. I just said sorry and walked away. I actually got in a couple weeks later with Ethan Alloway.
Here's the thread, I think you'll be just as surprised as I was that this place wasn't abandoned.
http://www.uer.ca/...urrpage=1&pp#post2
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No, Ethan, I don't have your lens cap...
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Re: Abandoned house not really abandoned
<Reply # 11 on 2/27/2013 12:33 AM >
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That Ethan guy, you gotta watch out for him. He's a real cougar.

Give a person a match and they'll be warm for a minute, but light them on fire and they'll be warm for the rest of their life. =)
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Re: Abandoned house not really abandoned
<Reply # 12 on 2/27/2013 4:37 AM >
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Yeeeeeep. Scary old drooling and angry man caught me inside of his raccoon-shit filled abandoned house.

The story is around here somewhere...

Excuse the horrible photography.

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Re: Abandoned house not really abandoned
<Reply # 13 on 2/27/2013 4:42 AM >
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While looking for an old Buddhist temple I came across this building. There were geese in the front yard and tons of geese shit in front of the door. No vehicles in sight. I tried the front door and it opened. Look inside to see a kid's lunch box on the table, newer kitchen appliances and the electricity is running.

I made a quick retreat. I didn't notice the bluebox as the photo was taken as I was leaving the driveway. Apparently I was oblivious to the shovelled driveway too.



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Re: Abandoned house not really abandoned
<Reply # 14 on 2/27/2013 4:43 AM >
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Posted by Intrinsic
While looking for an old Buddhist temple I came across this building. There were geese in the front yard and tons of geese shit in front of the door. No vehicles in sight. I tried the front door and it opened. Look inside to see a kid's lunch box on the table, newer kitchen appliances and the electricity is running.

I made a quick retreat.





Kinda looks too nice to be something that is empty. I guess winter is the season when it's the hardest to tell though due to people really not caring about the outside of their houses as long as they are warm.

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Re: Abandoned house not really abandoned
<Reply # 15 on 2/27/2013 8:14 PM >
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I find it easier to tell in winter. If it isn't shoveled it's all yours.

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Re: Abandoned house not really abandoned
<Reply # 16 on 2/27/2013 9:10 PM >
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Posted by Weirdling
I find it easier to tell in winter. If it isn't shoveled it's all yours.


Because everyone either has a car or finds it absolutely necessary to shovel their walks?

I think that's a pretty poor standard for abandonment finding.

Give a person a match and they'll be warm for a minute, but light them on fire and they'll be warm for the rest of their life. =)
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Re: Abandoned house not really abandoned
<Reply # 17 on 2/28/2013 1:33 AM >
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Posted by Therrin


Because everyone either has a car or finds it absolutely necessary to shovel their walks?

I think that's a pretty poor standard for abandonment finding.


Now I'm curious: perhaps by leaving my walk un-shoveled (which I sometimes already do), I will be surprised by a fellow seeker...

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Re: Abandoned house not really abandoned
<Reply # 18 on 2/28/2013 2:15 AM >
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You may wake up to find Therrin in your living room.

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Re: Abandoned house not really abandoned
<Reply # 19 on 2/28/2013 6:34 AM >
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Posted by Therrin
That Ethan guy, you gotta watch out for him. He's a real cougar.


hehehe

No, Ethan, I don't have your lens cap...
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