Monday, November 16, 2009

Vandalism

Last week, right before we went on vacation, we got some bad news from the property management company we hired for our home in Caldwell. They went to do an inspection to get it ready to rent out and they found that the inside had been vandalized. When I heard all the details I was so mad that I was shaking for a long time.

Check it out. Red candle wax on the counter and on the BRAND NEW carpet that we had put in. No one has lived in the house with this carpet yet, but it has candle wax in it.


And muddy footprints. They are going to have to clean the carpets. Ugh.Whoever did this seems to have had a hammer. With it they ruined the faucet...
which caused this water leak, which looks like it's made the whole counter bow with warping.
They knocked a hole in the ceiling and scraped it up,
They hammered the fridge, making it impossible to close. The same thing with the dishwasher and oven. The stove is ruined also.
But since that is apparently not enough damage, they ripped out many of the cupboards and drawers.


Upstairs they ripped a little hutch thing off the wall, from above the toilet, which fell onto the toilet seat, breaking it, and left gouges in the wall itself.
And blinds. Lots of the blinds will need replacing. Again.

We're already unhappy about the money we have had to put into this place. We bought it at the peak of house prices, then it pretty immediately depreciated. So we can't sell it without losing a lot more money, so we've basically been paying the full mortgage since we moved out of it, since our last tenants never paid rent. We have some yard issues that we need to get fixed, and we just put in new carpet. Pretty much, we've put a lot of money into this place, and now we have a TON more that we have to put into it to fix everything. Insurance might cover it though.


There was no evidence of forced entry, but hubble windows are crappy. And we aren't sure if the sliding glass door was locked after the carpet guy.
The police got some fingerprints from soda cans though, so we might be able to find out who did this. I really hope so! I want retribution!

12 comments:

A*Waite said...

THat just makes me ill!! I am so sorry! What about homeowners insurance. Will that cover the damages??

Bobbi said...

Oh Melanie! That is so horrible. I am so angry for you. We've had a car broken in to a time or two (never a house!!) and it just leaves you feeling so violated. I cannot imagine how you must feel. I am so sorry. I hope they can catch who did it, too. That is just awful.

Martha said...

Ouch! I'm so sorry, Melanie. I hope insurance does cover it all. I can understand why this would make you so angry.

keith and arianne said...

oh no, that is horrible! I hope they catch them soon.

keith and arianne said...

Oh no, that's horrible! I hope they catch them soon.

Erin said...

I would be PISSED off. I hope they catch them and then if you could get a few minutes alone with them.... HA HA HA DO IT

Ciarran said...

LAME! People are the worst. Hopefully there's justice.

Ciarran said...

Lame! People are the worst! Hopefully there's justice.

Tiffany Vincent said...

Totally sucks, no way around it.

MormonSurrogate said...

That is so messed up. Makes me sick for you. I hope you find out who did it and I hope they pay or your insurance covers it.

A.Lee said...

Melanie, that is sooooo aggravating! I'm glad they got fingerprints. I bet it was the neighborhood rats next door. Drinking their monster and eating their kitkats. That is so much mindless damage--it makes you wonder why they did that? I hope the criminals get bitten by a black widow as they sleep. I hope the insurance covers it. Best of luck! I know how much the housing market sucks. Our house is supposed to close on Friday and it is selling for about $80k less than it was worth at the peak of the market. It makes me sick.

HappyClimate said...

That is so bad! What the hay! Why do people do things like this. I hope they find out who it is too that is just ridiculous! I hope that your insurance will cover it.