So SO and I have been looking for a house for a few months now. We have scrapped together a deposit of about 80 k or more, and already pay around 1,500 per month in rent, so it won't be a significant hardship to us money wise. We had an inspection tonight for a house in the perfect location. The outside was beautiful....but inside was like a hovel. It's currently being rented out, and there were mattresses on the bedroom floors (about 2 per bedroom). There were rugs all over the floors (which thinking back, I realised could have been hiding damage to the floors). The shower base was filthy brown with grit, as was most of the bathroom. But the worst part was the smell. There was an overflowing ash tray just sitting casually in the living room, and the house stunk of smoke. SO really liked the house - he likes the lay out and location, and thinks we can fix it up. But I just feel sick about the whole house. It did not leave a good impression on me and it's kind of giving me the heebie jeebies (no idea why! It's just dirt, right?) So, chickens, please tell me how silly I'm being. I need some success stories of dirty/smoky houses that were perfectly fine after a good clean. I'm just feeling sick and anxious, but I know if I think about it and get used to the idea, I'll come around. Help me get there faster!