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UER Forum > Archived Rookie Forum > Vol. 1 - Rookie Article - Houses can be deceiving. (Viewed 596 times)
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Vol. 1 - Rookie Article - Houses can be deceiving.
< on 9/30/2008 1:35 AM >
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Rookie Article.

Vol. 1

September 29 2008



Alright I decided I'll dedicate some of my time to helping out new explorers or " rookies ". I'm going to try my best to produce these articles at least once a week. Containing handy tips and tricks for people to keep in mind while exploring.

Alright so now that my little introduction has been said lets get down to the main point of my article. Houses can be extremely deceiving, and what I mean by that is.. any houses with boarded up windows and paint peeling off the walls still might be a inhabited by people.

A couple days ago me and a group of friends noticed a houses in a secluded area in the middle of the woods. No driveway, no path and no lights on. The roof was somewhat caved in and some of the windows were broken. So we figured we'd do some exploring. I did some snooping around, I pushed my face against the glass and noticed a whole kitchen counter full of dead bees. I made my way towards what I thought was the front door, after pushing away all the sticks and leaves I jiggled on the door knob.. however it was locked.

Of course I didn't give up there, and I wasn't about to go to the last resort of booting the door down either, so I made my way into the back yard of the house. The grass was long, at least ankle high. Once again, I pushed my face against the glass.. couldn't seem much it was dark. After focusing my eye a bit I jump back to the sight of an older lady staring me right in the face.. I was looking right into her kitchen window, she was so close to the window I didn't even notice nor did I expect to find someone inside the house!

There was no way of telling this house was being lived in, usually a caved in roof is a dead giveaway, but its the little things you have to look for.

- Check the looks, if there's a new lock on the door chances are someones living in the house or looking after it.

- Look for telephone boxes. If you see a telephone box chances are someone is living in the house. However if the house is recently abandoned telephone boxes are common findings. Usually they have the company name in bold letters on the front of them and wires are drilled inside the house, or up the walls.

- Check for lights. If there's lights on in the house someone lives there. It should be just common sense.

I want going to wait for the old lady to come out and harass us, we just bolted before she had the chance to come out.

On that same day, a house boarded up with tarps over the windows wasn't occupied. I peeked my head into an unbroken window and what do we find, a family playing a board game. Luckily they didn't see us.

So my best tip to you is to check out the locks, windows, roof and of course the inside. However just like in my case sometimes you just cant tell, so always be prepared for someone to be waiting for you on the inside.


:Modified to fix spelling errors, because they were driving me insane.:
[last edit 10/1/2008 1:58 PM by ActionSatisfaction Esq. - edited 2 times]

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Re: Vol. 1 - Rookie Articale - Houses can be deceiving.
<Reply # 1 on 9/30/2008 1:50 AM >
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Re: Vol. 1 - Rookie Articale - Houses can be deceiving.
<Reply # 2 on 9/30/2008 1:56 AM >
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No.
Why do you ask ?

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Re: Vol. 1 - Rookie Articale - Houses can be deceiving.
<Reply # 3 on 9/30/2008 3:18 AM >
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That's good advice. I've run into people living in trailers with broken windows and no door.

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Re: Vol. 1 - Rookie Articale - Houses can be deceiving.
<Reply # 4 on 9/30/2008 4:39 AM >
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that old lady sounds quite scary

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Re: Vol. 1 - Rookie Articale - Houses can be deceiving.
<Reply # 5 on 10/1/2008 1:13 AM >
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Posted by chumpster
that old lady sounds quite scary


The old lady was very scary. I didnt say this in the articale. But we starting making our way up the road and before turning the corner we turn back and catch a glimpse of the old lady standing in the middle of the road holding some sort of rolling pin or blunt object.




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Re: Vol. 1 - Rookie Articale - Houses can be deceiving.
<Reply # 6 on 10/1/2008 7:50 AM >
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Not a bad read. I don't mean to be an ass, but you might try hitting "Preview" instead of post and fixing the spelling errors. Makes things easier on the eyes.

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Re: Vol. 1 - Rookie Articale - Houses can be deceiving.
<Reply # 7 on 10/1/2008 11:28 AM >
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Perhaps a sign of our rather challenging economic times.

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Re: Vol. 1 - Rookie Articale - Houses can be deceiving.
<Reply # 8 on 10/1/2008 1:37 PM >
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i love articales.

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Re: Vol. 1 - Rookie Article - Houses can be deceiving.
<Reply # 9 on 10/1/2008 2:28 PM >
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Posted by PhotoSeeker
Perhaps a sign of our rather challenging economic times.


Its been this way in the rust belt as long as I can remember. Here people live in a house until they literally fall down and then they put a trailer in front of it. Some of it has nothing to do with economics as much as it does lifestyle.

My grandfather owned a house, the house where my father grew up and lived in it until the roof caved in on them. Then he moved to another house down the road that was livable but in a state of disrepair. Well he passed about a month ago and we found out that he had enough cash to buy 5 houses in his safe and bank accounts no one even knew about. He chose to live a meager farm life like his father before him and so on.

Edit: Quick side story to show the mindset of some people living in these conditions.

I was told a story at my grandfathers funeral and I think its relevant to my point. My grandfather worked as a truck driver for many many years. Every moment that he had at home he spent in the fields planting crops. Apparently when he was away on one of his runs with the truck my grandmother decided that she was going to put a table out front of the house and sell some corn. When my grandfather returned a few days later my grandmother handed him $50 and said now we can buy a television. He was confused wondering where she had got the money. She explained to him that she had sold his corn to people in the area and that it was selling very well. He made her write down all the names of the people she had sold corn to and he went to see them all to return the money and actually gave them a few dozen more for free. They never bought that television.

All he cared about was his family, friends, his land and his tiny little farm house. He did all the work on the house in his spare time by himself and it was alot to keep up with.
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Re: Vol. 1 - Rookie Article - Houses can be deceiving.
<Reply # 10 on 10/1/2008 2:39 PM >
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Posted by suicidepactphoto
Well he passed about a month ago and we found out that he had enough cash to buy 5 houses in his safe and bank accounts no one even knew about.


Rookie tip # 4

The old people living in dilapidated houses are flush with cash, and no one would believe them if they said they had been robbed.
[last edit 10/1/2008 3:08 PM by MutantMandias - edited 1 times]

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Re: Vol. 1 - Rookie Article - Houses can be deceiving.
<Reply # 11 on 10/1/2008 2:56 PM >
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Rookie tip #5 Houses are weak.

Industry, institutions and infrastructure ftw.

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Re: Vol. 1 - Rookie Article - Houses can be deceiving.
<Reply # 12 on 10/1/2008 10:50 PM >
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Good clues, but one I use is to see if electric service is cut or the meter pulled. Not a lot of folks do without power.

The easiest way on a questionable house is knock on the door, posing as a peddler or charity. If no one answers, then good. Sometimes you may get a nosy or well-intention neighbor who will tell you not to waste your time because "no one's live there for months".

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Re: Vol. 1 - Rookie Article - Houses can be deceiving.
<Reply # 13 on 10/1/2008 10:54 PM >
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Or you park a big van in the driveway and walk into the house in full view of the neighbours wearing your white coveralls with "Telephone Company Repairman" across the back.

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Re: Vol. 1 - Rookie Article - Houses can be deceiving.
<Reply # 14 on 10/2/2008 9:09 PM >
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Posted by dsankt
Rookie tip #5 Houses are weak.

Industry, institutions and infrastructure ftw.


I agree with the second part. But houses can be fun as a quick diversion once in a while.

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