30 People Share The Times They Discovered Surprising Things Inside Buildings Left By Previous Owners

Old houses often have stories and secrets to tell. At the same time, they’re like chests loaded with treasures waiting to be found. From doors that lead to hidden passages to dark and dusty attics full of antique valuables, unexpected and unintentional discoveries are truly the best. Below, you’ll witness some of the most unique and bizarre things that homeowners have discovered in their new homes.

Home repairs and renovations are always an exciting activity. Aside from beautifying and revamping your space, they also give you a chance to learn more about your humble abode. This may include potential upgrades for the future or, in the case of these homeowners, secrets from the past.


Several homeowners have shared some of the most unique and bizarre things they’ve discovered while settling into their new homes


“Pulled up the carpet at the house, and guess what I found!”

monopoly board discovered under a carpet


“Treasure in my bathroom????”

treasure discovered in bathroom


“I was helping my Dad move into his new office when we found a trapdoor…”

trapdoor discovered in a new office


“This vintage space themed wallpaper found under 3 layers of other wallpaper in an old farmhouse.”

vintage space themed wallpaper discovered in an old farm house.


“The Walgreens in my neighborhood used to be a bank and they used its vault as their vitamin section”

vitamin vault at walgreens

Some were lucky to have unearthed prized possessions from previous homeowners such as old coins and even jewelry pieces. Meanwhile, others were stunned to have found secret structures like old wells and trapdoors that lead to even more surprises. Regardless of the size, shape, or nature of these discoveries, we could all agree that it’s amazing finding things in unexpected places. It’s basically just like finding spare change inside your jeans’ pockets!


“Friend was redecorating his new house and found this under a layer of wallpaper”

painting discovered under wallpaper


“Found a paw print on a brick wall”

paw print on brick wall


Apparently, old structures can serve as avant-garde decors too!


“The table at this pub has a well in the middle of it.”

well discovered in the middle of a table in a pub


“My grandparents have a glassed-over well in their kitchen”

glassed-over well in kitchen


“Untouched 1800’s Cemetery preserved in the basement of a tall building built over it.”

1800s cemetery discovered in the basement of a building

Keep reading to find out what these lucky homeowners have unintentionally uncovered during their home renovations. Plus, you might also want to take down a few notes along the way! Who knows? Your home might be holding some secrets too!


“Our new apartment has a little milk door under the cabinets”

little milk door discovered under the cabinets


“My friend decided to replace her old carpet and she found a cellar door and a cool surprise”

cellar door discovered under an old carpet


“My apartment is an old police station and still has the original cell doors but painted.”

cell doors discovered in a new apartment


“Found some friends in a mile-long tunnel that travels beneath my apartment building.”

creepy drawings discovered in a tunnel beneath an apartment building


“Lost hippie mural found under my flooded house”

lost hippie mural discovered in a flooded house


“Found a message while removing our cork floor tiles”

message discovered under cork floor tiles


“My living room was built around a huge sandstone rock”

living room built around a huge sandstone rock


“This wall broke exposing years of layers of paint”

layers of paint discovered under a broken wall


“Found some nice drawings under the wallpaper I’m removing”

sea creature drawings discovered under a wallpaper


“100-year-old elevator handle I saved.”

100 year old elevator handle


“These “Tom and Jerry” type mouse holes gnawed in a house built in 1741″

mouse holes found in a house built in 1741


“Uncovered at a Times Square construction site”

hotel advertisement found at a times square construction site


“I’ve been living in my house and I just noticed my back door handle is a spoon.”

spoon backdoor handle


“The house I’m staying in has kept its original well as a feature…”

well found in a house


This couple discovered a hidden hot tub underneath the floor of their newly bought house

couple discovered hidden tub in their new home
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“So I just moved into a new apartment, and made a big discovery.”

secret dungeon found in a new apartment


“While renovating my basement we found this painting on the cement behind the wall”

painting found on cement behind a wall


“I recently moved into a 70s porn motif dream home. This is my bathtub.”

heart-shaped bath tub


“Apparently, disposing of old razor blades inside your wall was acceptable in the 1950’s.”

slot for disposing old razor blades


“This mail slot in a building I was in today sends the mail down 17 stories to the basement. Original from 1929.”

1929 mail slot found in a building


“My house still has old-fashioned light switches from its original construction”

old-fashioned light switches


“This building has the original 1909 electrical switches.”

1909 electrical switches found in a building


“Found this 20-year-old promise hidden under the wallpaper in our new house.”

20-year-old promise found under wallpaper


“Friend tore down his wall for renovations and found this mural on another wall behind it.”

tree mural found behind a wall


Some homeowners even have figured a way to repurpose their unique discoveries


“My house used to be a bank, so we use the old safe/vault as a basement.”

old vault found in a house that used to be a bank


“There’s a random chain embedded in the wall of my 1930s-era home”

chain embedded in wall of a 1930s house


“A house my GF and I looked at had a shower in the guest room.”

shower in the guest room


“The fan in my toilet (probably from the 70s) has the same logo as Beats by Dre”

fan with same logo as beats by dre


“My house still has the original light switches”

old light switches in a house

Which of these discoveries has blown your mind the most? Have you discovered anything like these in your new home too? Let us know in the comments section below!