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Couple Moves Into New Home & Finds Bittersweet Note On Love and “Grief” Penned By Former Owners

A two-photo collage. The first shows a man and woman smiling as they pose in front of a home. The second is a close up of a letter that can't be fully read. The top reads: Welcome to your new home

Do you ever think about the people who lived in your home before you did? It’s strange yet comforting to remember all of the life that happened in it before you showed up. This might be something that many of us don’t think about much, but thanks to a note this couple found in their new home, it was brought to the forefront of their minds in the best way.

In 2020, Laura Rudd and her fiancé bought their first home. They anticipated moving day would be emotional, but they didn’t expect this would be one of the reasons why. On the kitchen counter, the couple discovered a letter from the previous owners. With it was a bottle of wine to celebrate the big day. To say this letter meant the world to Laura would be an understatement.

A man and woman smile as the pose outside of their new home at the front door. Text on the image reads: Us buying our very first home, arriving to a note from the previous family
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The letter reveals that the previous owners were parents to four children. Sadly, both of them have passed away, leaving their adult children to sell the home they cherished so much. Now, they’re hoping the future residents have the same love for the home as they always have.

“In the following years there has been so much happiness and love and sadly a little grief, too, hence where we are today,” part of the letter reads. “But in all of these years the thing that resounds the most is the laughter, and there was so much of that with family, relatives and friends.”

First-Time Home Buyers Find a Heartwarming Note From Previous Owners on Move-In Day

They go on to wish the new owners “all the happiness this wonderful home has to offer, not to mention the stunning outlook and views.”

Laura shares that she cried when she first read the letter. It meant so much to her, in fact, that she always plans to take it with them wherever they go in life. This was proven to be true when the couple moved out of the home in 2022.

Letter that reads:

Welcome to your new home

This house has been our home since the mid 50's and in that time, Mum & Dad raised all four of us children in these four walls. And my, it was often a tight fit!

In the following years there has been so much happiness and love and sadly a little grief, too, hence where we are today. But in all of these years the thing that resounds the most is the laughter, and there was so much of that with family, relatives and friends. So on behalf of all of us [redacted], I sincerely wish you all the happiness this wonderful home has to offer, not to mention the stunning outlook & view.
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“We thought the note was so thoughtful, and of course we kept it,” she shares. “It was propped up with a bottle of prosecco when we entered the house. It was obvious that the family loved the home, and we knew that when we bought the property.”

Taking a cue from the previous owners, Laura and her fiance told the newest owners everything they knew about the kind folks who left them that letter. Best of all, their wishes for the couple came true.

“We loved that home very much,” Laura says, “it was filled with our love, too.”

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