A bemused couple are trying to solve a bizarre mystery after coming home from work to find their home covered in scaffolding.
The giant frame just appeared outside the Stockport home of Chris Evans and Liggy Webb without their knowledge.
The builders haven’t returned to their terrace house since the scaffolding appeared last Wednesday and have left no clues indicating who they are or when they will be back.
Chris has spent the last six days calling around every scaffolding company in the phone book in the vain hope of finding the builders responsible.
The house, on Carmichael Street in Edgeley, Manchester, is privately owned but the couple have even desperately phoned the council and police to see if they have any idea who put it up.
But no one will claim responsibility, and what started out as quite a funny incident is turning out to be a bit of a nightmare.
Chris, 44, a manager at a printing firm, said: “Liggy went out to work last Wednesday at a school in Cheadle Hulme.
“When she came back she thought ‘what’s this scaffolding doing on our house?’ – She thought she’d got the wrong house.
“Since then I’ve got in touch with just about every scaffolding company in Manchester, I’ve called up a few places and fired off a few emails. A few of the people I spoke to at the scaffolding companies said they have made the same mistake before and put scaffolding on the wrong house, but not this time.
“We’ve got nowhere, no one knows anything. We are stuck until somebody comes forward. What can we do? It’s a bit of a nightmare. Some firms have offered to collect it, but another company might then come round and say it belongs to them.”
The couple, who have two sons aged 11 and 6, have turned detective in the hope of finding any information to help solve the mysterious scaffolding-shaped puzzle.
Chris added: “We’ve asked the neighbours, and nobody is missing any scaffolding.
“A friend of ours saw the scaffolding firm putting it up, but didn’t question it. It could be that the builders were planning to put it up on an empty house and return a few weeks later to start the work.
“The company haven’t left anything on the scaffolding which might identify them. It’s more of an annoyance than anything.”