When it comes to dealing with a hoarder’s home, it can be very overwhelming and stressful. You may walk in the door and feel as if you just can’t face the mountain that is in front of you. That is why Ready Removal is here to help with hoarding clean outs. We understand the issues that can come about when a hoarder has been left unattended for years. We know the difficulties of not only dealing with the loss of a loved one but then having to clear out the years and years of life they lived in one home. We will assist you with not only removing items but going through them as well. Our team can help you sort through the different aspects of the home to help you get through the cleaning.
Our team is here to assist you with understanding the ins and outs of what a hoarder is, what to expect, and how we can help make this transition and process simple for you. We make it very affordable with fees ranging from $50 to $150 to assist with this process. Allow our team to come in and get the home ready for you to sell or to renovate, whichever you are planning to do.
Definition of A Hoarder
In the simplest terms, a hoarder is someone who “hoards” items. This is very different from having a cluttered home. You may see clutter in a home due to the lack of organizational skills. When someone is hoarding items in their home, it is a deliberate action to keep everything they encounter.
Your loved ones may vary in the level of hoarding they dealt with. Some people keep items even when they have no monetary value, just because they can’t let go of them. This could be something as “normal” as the pile of plastic shopping bags you or your mom has in a drawer. It could also lean to the severe level of having piles around their home with only a small path to navigate.
Be aware that hoarding is a mental condition that is not something to be taken lightly. Talking with someone must be done delicately. They are dealing with a mental illness and most often know that what they are doing is outside the norm.
Is Hoarding Dangerous?
You may wonder if cleaning out the home is dangerous or not. While it may depend on the level of hoarding you’re dealing with, in reality, it is very dangerous. There are many factors that you must consider when cleaning out a hoarder’s home. Here are a few things our team at Ready Removal wants you to remember.
Damage to the Home
Depending on how long the hoarding has gone on and the type of vermin that may be present, structural damage may have taken place. You may find that the home is not sound for you to be in and cleanout. Hoarding also means that normal repairs can’t be done as they should be.
The air quality inside the home can be dangerous to those cleaning it out. This is due to items being over the air vents reducing circulation or the lack of windows being open to help with fresh air. You may find that the oxygen levels are reduced and that bacteria are in the air as well.
Lack of Sanitation
Other than the piles of items laying around, you’ll find that a hoarder’s home is not clean. It is typically very dirty and can even cause personal hygiene to be at a minimum as well. All of this coupled with the mounds of items in the home can lead to bacteria growth.
Even if you’re being cautious, the risk of falling is quite high in a hoarder’s home. You must be mindful of the trip and fall issues that these types of homes present.
Mold or Pests
This is a breeding ground ripe for all types of mold, mildew, and pests to take up residence. Mice, roaches and other vermin can make this their home causing cleanup to be even trickier.
Hazard For Fire
With all of the items in the home and appliances around the home, it is a prime atmosphere for a fire to start.
All of these items make it even more imperative that you strive to have a removal company, such as ours, come in and assist you with a hoarder’s home cleanout. Our team can assist you with a variety of cleaning and removal services to reduce your stress and hassle.
Tips To Keep In Mind
If you’re going to go in and help with the process, there are a few things to keep in mind. You can’t just go in and remove items from the home. That will not work out well in most instances. Here are a few tips that our team suggests when dealing with a friend or family member who is hoarding.
You want your family or friend to trust you to help them. If you come in and remove items without talking with them, they will not trust you have their best interest in mind. They may already carry shame and guilt around about the shape of their home. You must gain their trust and slowly enter the conversation about their hoarding. In many instances, hoarding starts with a tragic loss or incident that has happened. Dealing with the emotional reason for hoarding is just as critical as the clutter itself.
Make a Plan
Discuss the plan with your friend or family member. Have a team ready to help, such as our team here at Ready Removal. Be sure that heavy items are taken out first to get more room to deal with the other items around the home. Have a pile ready for recyclable products, reusable items, and then items that must be taken off.
Safety is a Priority
Whenever you are cleaning out a home or when our team is handling the job, safety is first. Protective eyewear is a must, as well as items to protect your breathing and gloves for your hands. Boots are recommended to keep your feet covered during the process as well. A fire extinguisher is another tool you want to have nearby.
After The Cleanout
If there was damage to the home, you’ll need to make repair appointments. You want to return the home to its former state so that it can be lived in again.
Our team is here to help you handle any hoarding situation you may be dealing with. Whether you’re cleaning a home from a relative passing or a hoarder that is ready for help, we are here to assist you. Contact our team today to check out the many services we can provide.