The Six Steps to a Hoarder Home Clean Out
Just Rubbish Helps with Hoarder Home Clean Out
Discovering a family member has a problem with hoarding is a devastating realization. Of course, you want the best for that loved one. And a hoarder home cleanout is in order. But this may not be your situation.
Perhaps you are wanting to sell or purchase a home, and the former resident was a hoarder. When the bones of a home are good, the house can be saved and even returned to its former glory. How, you ask? Well, you are in luck because the friendly folks at Just Rubbish Junk Removal know just how to take care of that hoarder home cleanout.
What Classifies a House as a Hoarder Home?
There may be a time when you are unsure if a home is classified as a hoarder home and/or is salvageable. That is okay. Here is what we, at Just Rubbish, have learned.
According to the definition is Wikipedia.org,
“Compulsive hoarding, also known as hoarding disorder, is a behavioral pattern characterized by excessive acquisition of and an inability or unwillingness to discard large quantities of objects that cover the living areas of the home and cause significant distress or impairment.”
This is a profoundly severe situation needing immediate remediation. You see, a hoarder impulse only worsens with time. Along with the accumulation of junk, goods, and trash come the following.
- Depression, Anxiety, and Despair
- Health Risks including allergy and lung disorders.
- Impaired Daily Functioning, including the inability to perform daily tasks.
- Decreased Movement Ability
- Economic Burden
- Impact on Family
- Impact to Neighbors
- Catastrophic Risk such as fire and inability to get out of the home.
For professional help with a hoarding individual, there are several resources available. Please know this is not a choice but rather a disease for most hoarders. Contact the International OCD Foundation for help and support.
Before we even begin to consider the steps to junk removal at a hoarder home, we must first concern ourselves with safety. Wearing the proper gear, like face masks, gloves, disposable clothing, hair coverings, goggles, and shoe coverings, is critical to your health. Then you may also benefit from taking allergy medicines and even approaching your general practitioner about having an antibiotic on standby.
Furthermore, if there are any dead animals to be removed, consider hiring a wildlife removal company. They have the proper equipment and tools to take care of removal and disposal in a safe way.
Steps to Removal
Once you have convinced the individual to surrender the items or the home, there is a daunting task ahead. That is where a professional junk removal company will come in very handy. In the remainder of this article, we will focus on the steps to hoarder junk removal.
Once all the valuables have been removed, if any, you will want to start with a checklist. This process can get quite overwhelming. A list will help you focus on one place at a time.
Step One- Staging
Designate and set aside areas for items to keep and donate if there are any. A sheet on the grass outside will do unless you have containers available. Letting everything air out before you scrub it will help with the process.
Assuming you have already called, speak with the junk removal company on how you would like to conduct the day. This way, they know what to expect and can prepare accordingly.
Finally, gather all cleaning supplies in one area for easy refills and removal.
Step Two- Begin
We recommend you begin with the bathroom if you can get to it. You see, you will want a place to get water and to wash certain items, like mops and the like. Whatever you do not need for the cleanout should be thrown out in this particular room. There is most likely nothing of value or in any condition to keep in a restroom. Allow the junk removers to clear it all out, down to the fixtures. Then you can thoroughly clean them for the days ahead. In the end, you will either want to sanitize the fixtures, tub, sink, and walls or replace them.
Step Three- Removal
Focus on one area at a time. Have the junk removal company remove all that is trash and place the salvageable items in the appropriate staging area. In this case, establishing an assembly line might be a good idea, to passing the bags of trash to the front. Once everything is out of the room, you can begin the cleaning.
Oh, and don’t forget to mention the yard to the junk removal team. They can clear out all of the hoarded junk in the yard as well.
Step Four- Cleaning
This is the time you will need to determine what depth of cleaning is necessary. Will the house require the removal of flooring? Can the carpets be cleaned? Is any of the furniture able to be saved? These are the bulky items that the junk removal team is there to help with. Let them haul away the old carpeting, flooring, drywall, and furniture. That is why they are there.
Step Five- Remediation
Once all junk is removed and the home is sanitized, you may wish to paint or refloor the house. You will be amazed at what a fresh coat of paint, clean carpets and floor, and new drapes will do to remove odor and breathe new life into a home. Another task at this time is to clean the bathrooms and kitchen again. You will want to remove any remnants of the old and start fresh with clean faucets, sinks, tubs, toilets, appliances, and cabinets.
Step Six- Item Sanitization
Now is the point where you will want to clean the items that were salvaged. If any fabrics go back in, we recommend taking them to a laundry mat and getting them all laundered at one time. Then they can be folded and ready to re-enter the clean home.
Additionally, soft surfaces, like sofas, beds, and chairs, will need good cleaning. Machines are available at most home improvement stores for rent. Be sure to get the correct attachments and cleaning solvents. If there were animals in the house, you would want to add the urine remover solvent for the machine to the cart.
Kitchen items will need to be emptied out, cleaned, and polished. A large bucket and a hose go a long way to cleaning a large number of dishes outside. When they are surface cleaned, you can run them through the cleaned dishwasher for sanitary cleaning.
Small kitchen appliances should be limited to avoid re-clutter. Those re-entering the home will need a thorough cleaning as well. Make sure they still work and the cords have not been chewed through by vermin.
Finishing the Job
In no way do we, at Just Rubbish Junk Removal, wish to diminish the task in front of you. This is a very emotional and unsanitary endeavor. Our steps are simply to give direction in a complicated ordeal. Getting lost in the devastation is easy to do when cleaning out a hoarder home. But that is precisely why we offer this help and our services.
To be clear, we do not offer the therapy service of famous TV shows. However, we can get rid of all the junk in a hoarder home cleanout in the New York area. Our team will go in, clear out, and give you an empty slate to start again.
Besides, our services are discrete and confidential. We promise to be respectful and courteous. Our team has been trained and is prepared for just these instances. You can count on the professional handling of the event with Just Rubbish Junk Removal.
Contact Professional Just Rubbish Junk Removal for Hoarder Home Clean Out
If you need a hoarder home cleanout, the Just Rubbish professionals are the team in New York to contact. We have been cleaning up New York for over 10 years now. Our staff is fully licensed and trained to remove the clutter safely and efficiently.
Whether it’s a whole hoarded house or just one or two rooms, we have you covered. For the discrete Junk Removal you need for a hoarder home clean out, contact Just Rubbish Junk Removal today.