We got this house at auction, after it had been foreclosed upon by the bank.
Whoever lived there was a hoarder, and the place was packed with garbage and old newspapers.
Of course, we got it at the auction, so it came as-is, and anything that needed to be removed, repaired, or remodeled would be my responsibility. I expected there to be a lot of work involved. After all, I got a three bedroom, two bathroom house for twenty thousand bucks, and for a deal like that you know there will be work involved. The first step was cleaning the place out, and of course I tried to turn on the air conditioning to cool me down while I worked. The A/C worked very well, much to my surprise, but the air quality went in the gutter as soon as it started to blow. There was something dead in the ductwork, and turning on the fans only blew the stink around the whole house. I took the grates off of all the air vents, and found that a great many of the ducts had been stuffed with garbage. The garbage in the air ducts attracted bugs and rodents, one of which had perished, so now the entire ductwork system was rancid and rotten. I did my best to clean out the air ducts, but I could only do so much. After I had gotten out the bulk of it, I had to call in an HVAC tech for a professional deep-cleaning of all the air ducts and air vents.