For those who are unfamiliar with hoarding disorder, cleaning up a hoarding house might seem like a simple task. After all, everyone has had to clean up a messy room at some point in their lives, right? Unfortunately, it's not that simple. Someone with a hoarding disorder might save items such as old clothes, newspapers, plastic containers, food, and even animals. Many of these items are seen as precious and worth saving to a hoarder, but most are trivial and worthless. Over time, hoarding disorder can make a home dangerous and virtually uninhabitable.
Cleaning out the home of a hoarder can seem like an insurmountable task, which is why you need a professional hoarding clean up service such as those offered by Alchemy Junk. Alchemy Junk provides commercial and residential junk removal services to residents in the London Ontario area, and hoarding cleanup is one of our specialties.
Hoarding occurs in 2-5% of the population (Samuels, 2008). In Canada that puts the number of hoarders between 700,000 and 1.7 million. Hoarding disorder affects emotions, thoughts and behaviour.
Whenever we are hired to clean out a hoarder's home, we work closely with our clients to maintain their safety and ensure that the objects that were hoarded are removed and any valuables that may be present are saved. We begin the cleanup process by consulting with you to determine what needs to be saved and what needs to be thrown away. Our team then enters the home and begins the actual cleanup process, which lasts anywhere from one day to one week depending on the state of the home and items to be removed. We will work closely with you to determine what needs to be thrown away or recycled and what can be saved. If there are significant issues with mold or blood-borne pathogens, we will likely throw out more than we save and make sure that everything is disposed of properly. We will also clean and disinfect the space with our eco-friendly cleaning methods and equipment.
Alchemy Junk will work with you to remove unwanted items during hoarding cleanouts, including:
The cost of hoarding cleanout services depends greatly on the number of items and the types of items to be removed, the cost may range from $300-$5000. Please feel free to reach out to our team for a more accurate estimate of your hoarding cleanup needs.
Cleaning out a hoarder's house is a more challenging and dangerous prospect than people realize, which is why it should always be left to the professionals. For more information about this or our other junk removal services, contact Alchemy Junk today.