25 Immediate Red Flags People Spotted In Other People’s Homes

Published 4 months ago

Have you ever been to someone’s house and something was just so off that you wanted to run away? In a recent Reddit thread, users delved into the subtleties of visiting someone else’s home, uncovering a trove of red flags that set off warning signals.

The Reddit discussion illuminated the unspoken language of home environments, shedding light on the nuanced signals that prompt individuals to take a second look during a visit to someone else’s abode.

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No hand soap in the bathroom


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No books.

I dated a guy that laughed at me for buying a bookshelf because “who the f**k reads books.”

Edit to add: I truly didn’t mean to offend digital only readers. I read ebooks and I listen to a lot of audiobooks; I’m not Laura Ingalls Wilder over here living in a little house on the prairie. The comments that are snarky or trying to point out that I am old or that I’ve never heard of a library are also red flags.


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i don’t know if it counts as “see”, but family members yelling/fighting while I’m there. Like what’s happening when you DON’T have a guest over??


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Nothing wrong with being into anime and having merch. But if I notice a lot of posters and figures of characters that are very young and childish looking particularly ones that are clearly meant to be sexualized I’m gonna ask a lot of questions.


Filth. Piles of dirty dishes, nasty stove tops, disgusting floors, heaps of dirty laundry, mountains of trash.

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Zip ties, duct tape, a balaclava, and nitrile gloves, all in a plastic bag.

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Girl I went in a few dates with told me she’d let me come in next time bc her place was messy and didn’t want me to see. We went to her place after our next date – she asked me to wait outside while she tidied up a bit first – and her rabbit cage was in the middle of the floor and it had thrown s**t out of the cage all around the floor. She had several full garbage bags in the corner. I don’t remember the other details but it was filthy. This was after she had cleaned and also done a quick tidy. I’m not exactly Martha Stewart but the s**t just laying on the floor was too much for me.


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“Sorry I had no time to clean before your visit” when the place has obviously not been cleaned in like a year. Yikes.


Neglected children or pets, filth, broken furniture/appliances, evidence of extreme hoarding, evidence of drug or alcohol abuse, really inappropriate ‘art’…you’ll know it when you see it.

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When it’s extremely messy. I can understand a moderate amount of disorganization, but when I have to jump over piles of dirty clothes and trash, that’s when I know I need to leave.


House hunting and the homeowner was home at one place when our realtor was told he’d be out. He was pissed off we were there, but let us in and kind of hovered in the background while we looked around.

There was barely any furniture and trash all over the floor. The walls were hung with about a dozen professional wedding portraits — all with the bride’s eyes gouged out. Then we saw the fist-sized holes in the walls and we got out of there.

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MLM inventory for their “business” or they buy a lot of MLM stuff. Minus a normal amount of Tupperware.


They’re messy. Not like, clothes lying on the floor, but moldy dishes and trash all over the floor. I’m a bit of a neat freak, so that would drive me up the wall. If it’s due to mental health and they’re at least trying, I can empathize a bit. If it’s because they’re just lazy or make excuses they refuse to attempt to work on… no.

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no soap at the bathroom sink. look, i’ll scuff at my hands with that dehydrated yeti toenail of a Dial bar curled up in the corner of your shower if I must. but damn..what’s it take to Irish spring your a*s down to the DG and buy a little aloe-scented pump action for a buck?

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Moldy dog poop inside, the outside garbage bins in the living room, 4 metal NYC garbage cans in the kitchen


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Expensive PC and everything else is broken and rundown


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I would imagine anybody who has old uncovered food lying around. Anybody who is willing to leave old uneaten food uncovered in their home screams unsanitary.


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Children’s bedroom doors with locks on the outside and bathrooms with doors that don’t lock. I was honestly horrified to find them installed when we moved in to our new home.

Edit: To clarify, these were latch and ring, padlock, locks.


Boxes of classified documents sitting next to the shitter

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Pets that are not cared for properly.


A sad parrot in a small, dirty cage that is never let out. Birds are so smart and live so long. It’s cruelty. I hate people who keep them cooped up, ignored, and don’t change their water.

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extreme pet smell/mess/signs of fleas is a huge one for me. Trash piled beyond the trash can, taking over the cooking/eating surfaces.


A wall of crosses. Creepy af.

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Never any clean towels. One time my ex knew I was staying over, and he had absolutely no clean towels — gave me a T-shirt to dry off with.


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Not having pillow cases on the bed. You know those sheets and blankets are filthy then.

Saumya Ratan

Saumya is an explorer of all things beautiful, quirky, and heartwarming. With her knack for art, design, photography, fun trivia, and internet humor, she takes you on a journey through the lighter side of pop culture.

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