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Help! I've Inherited a Hoarder House...

Help! I've Inherited a Hoarder House...

“We inherited a house in DC that turned out to be a hoarder's. Before we can sell it, we have to get rid of all kinds of stuff, some of which can be worth decent money. There are junk cars, a couple of boats on trailers, all kinds of tools and maintenance equipment, a full rented storage garage, etc. This is far too much for us to just put on craigslist or ebay. Plus we just don't have the time. Is there any type of outfit that can take a whole lot on consignment? How does that work? Any suggestions are appreciated.”

Just think, you get to inherit all that!  

What to do with a Hoarder House

What to do with a Hoarder House

What happens when you inherit a house only to discover that the house is stuffed with “priceless treasures” or as in our recent case, junk?

Our crews clean all of this out by hand!

We recently purchased a house only to discover just such a situation. The previous owners had kept the outside of the house in great condition but once you opened the door or flipped up the garage door, there it was.junk.everywhere. They left little paths throughout the house so they could navigate into each room, but other then that it was FULL. We had known they were hoarders, but not to the extent that we found inside the house.

If you are facing this situation perhaps calling us to sell the house “as is” would be a better option for you.  We have seen our fair share of these houses and they don’t intimidate us one bit!

How do we handle this type of situation which happens all too often?  We typically rent a very large dumpster or two and begin the process of just tossing everything into the dumpster. We don’t actually go through the stuff, we just haul it out to the dumpster and toss.  We do keep an eye out for anything we might salvage but generally everything goes. We also have a supply of face mask respirators and gloves to wear as well as clean clothing to change into before going home. You never know what you might bring home with you, so we take these protections. It can take weeks for our crews to clear out a property. It helps to open windows and run fans once things are removed but you will probably find lingering aromas.  You might discover rodents or bugs, rotting floors, damaged plumbing, dangerous electric, mold, and damaged walls. All this leads to costly repairs. In one case we actually ended up removing all the walls down to the studs and even some of those! You never know what you will find once everything is cleaned out!

Yes…It’s the same house!!!

Hoarder House

Hoarder House

Here’s another example of an unusual hoarder.  We purchased a beautiful home that had been abandoned for years after the previous owner passed away.  In this particular case, they had been avid gardeners and the plants and trees had taken over the property and had even grown into the roof, decks, house and more – it was a tangled mess of a jungle.  We spent weeks cleaning up the exterior of the property, removing trees, branches, plants before we could actually see the house!  We discovered beautiful plants and shrubs, pathways, garden art, and ponds under all the mess.  You could say the “garden” was a hoarder.

Whatever the issue, giving us a call is the easiest and quickest way to sell your inherited house for cash with very little effort on your part!  So why not call today and talk with us, see what we can do for you?

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