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Hoarding Clean Up Services

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.

What Is Hoarding?

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.

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Persistent inability to part with any possession, regardless of its value
  • Excessive attachment to possessions, including discomfort letting others touch or borrow them or distress at the idea of letting an item go
  • Cluttered living spaces, making areas of the home unusable for the intended purpose, such as not being able to cook in the kitchen or use the bathroom to bathe
  • Keeping stacks of newspapers, magazines or junk mail
  • Letting food or trash build up to unusually excessive, unsanitary levels
  • Acquiring unneeded or seemingly useless items, such as trash or napkins from a restaurant
  • Difficulty managing daily activities because of procrastination and trouble making decisions
  • Moving items from one pile to another, without discarding anything
  • Difficulty organizing items, sometimes losing important items in the clutter
  • Shame or embarrassment
  • Limited or no social interactions

Hoarding Complications:

  • Unsanitary conditions that pose a risk to health
  • Increased risk of falls
  • Injury or being trapped by shifting or falling items
  • A fire hazard
  • An inability to perform daily tasks, such as bathing or cooking
  • Poor work performance
  • Family conflicts
  • Loneliness and social isolation
  • Financial problems
  • Shame or embarrassment
  • Legal issues, including eviction

Hoarder House Cleaning Services

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.

Commonly Removed Items

Alchemy Junk will work with you to remove unwanted items during hoarding cleanouts, including:

  • Clothing
  • Files, Newspapers, Magazines and Paper Goods
  • Pet and Animal Waste
  • Human Waste
  • Furniture
  • Home Appliances
  • Unopened and Unused Items
  • Construction Materials
  • Items of Considerable Value and Antiques

Hoarding Cleanup Pricing

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.

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