Backyard Betrayal: Kaitlyn Bilston, a homeowner in South Australia, recently took to TikTok to share a startling revelation about the condition of her backyard left by the previous owners. The ‘before’ and ‘after’ images depicted a drastic transformation from a well-maintained yard with planters and pavers to a chaotic scene with dirt, missing pavers, and scattered debris.
In the video, Bilston explained that the initial state of the backyard was revealed during their inspection and a week before the settlement. Although there was an agreement allowing the previous owners to take the planters with them, Bilston was shocked by the condition in which the backyard was ultimately left.
The footage showcased a significant amount of dirt covering the once-manicured yard, and it appeared that the pavers had been forcefully removed. Weeds and various bricks were scattered over areas where the planters used to be. Bilston also shared a text message exchange with the former owner, confirming the removal of garden beds and offering to clear the remaining dirt.
In the comments section, Bilston expressed her displeasure at how the yard was left and mentioned that the inside of the home was also left in a “filthy” state. Viewers had mixed reactions, with some sympathizing with Bilston’s situation, while others suggested taking proactive measures such as a pre-settlement inspection to avoid such surprises.
This unexpected turn of events not only highlights the challenges homeowners may face during property transitions but also sparks discussions about communication, agreements, and pre-settlement inspections to ensure a smoother handover process.