Help, I inherited a hoarder house!

Need to discreetly deal with a hoarder home?

Do you have a house filled with piles of unfinished projects, worn out appliances and animal smells? Roughly 2-4% of the people in the world struggle with hoarding disorder.  Signs a person has a hoarding disorder include: keeping lots of things that are useless to most people and items cluttering the house preventing rooms from being used.  The result is, the home becomes almost unusable for its intended purpose.
Kitchen in a hoarder house

Get an as-is cash offer for your home

Maybe you’ve inherited the house.  As the heir or executor, maybe you’re trying to decide if you should de-clutter the house and sell it, or if you should just sell it as is.  If you’re feeling weighed down with indecision and the condition of your house, we can help.  We offer a discreet selling solution for people with cluttered houses.

Things may have simply gotten out of hand either for you, or for an elderly family member.  Illness, job loss, or simple indecision can lead to piles of projects left incomplete.  Soon there are worn out appliances and mounting repairs.  Sometimes, the situation can become so bad, that code enforcement red tags the house.

You may be thinking, “My family doesn’t have the time to help and they live too far away.  I don’t have the money to spend on cleaning up the property so it can be sold.  I just don’t know what to do.  It’s an embarrassing situation, but I need help.”

More than just about the stuff

It’s not about the stuff.  As one woman recently shared about her mom’s hoarder house,

Now the bills are coming due like insurance and property taxes.  I’m the only one that lives close by; all my siblings live at least an hour away.  I’m concerned with how much work and effort it will take; not to mention the travel costs and time it will take to clean the place up and sell it.  Some of the family members have suggested we selling everything online.  I’m afraid that will take so much time and effort.  I just want to get rid of the house so I can pay mom’s bills and move on with my life.

I inherited a “Whole lot of Nothing”

A Newsweek article that really touches on the difficulties of dealing with inheriting a hoarder home states:

“It’s a scenario that’s all too familiar to children of hoarders, who are burdened with far more than funeral arrangements, probate, and grief. They must also deal with the overwhelming piles of stuff that a hoarding parent accumulated over the years—in apartments, in houses, in storage facilities, and garages. The items themselves may vary, but for many children of hoarders, the result is the same: the unwanted inheritance of a whole lot of nothing. – What Happens When a Hoarder Dies

Cats, dogs and rats

Often hoarders have multiple cats or dogs for pets.  The result is often years of animal urine and feces throughout the house.  And with the piles of unfinished projects, stacks of old magazines, papers and stuff, it can become a home for rodents.  It’s not uncommon for rats to invade the home, leaving the home smelling of animal feces and urine.

It’s more than just renting a dumpster

The costs of cleaning up the mess can be much more than people imagine. When most people think of the dollar costs, they think of the cost for getting rid of all of the garbage.   Rarely do we anticipate the extra costs of dealing with hazardous waste, working around the rodent feces and additional hazards.  According to the same Newsweek article, these costs of remediation can range from $5,000 to $20,000 “depending on the severity of the hoard, conditions inside the home, and regulations relating to the disposal of electronics and hazardous materials”.  One city spent $16,000 cleaning up a hoarder home, only to have the problem reoccur a year later.

Selling a hoarder house as is

You need someone professional, discreet and sensitive.  Someone who won’t be overwhelmed by the problem and able to deal with the situation without embarrassing you or being judgemental.  Managing an inherited house is a service that a professional home investor can provide you.  If you are just getting started with your inherited house situation, we offer some specific steps to taking over the responsibilities of an inherited house.

A discreet investor can also save you from the emotional grief of dealing with your family member’s belongings.   They can buy your home as-is so you don’t have to make any repairs. Best of all, they allow you to close at your convenience, instead of waiting for someone else’s schedule.

In most situations, homes are best sold using a licensed real estate agent.  Honest investors will readily admit when they’re not the best solution for your situation.  However, when it comes to difficult a situation like a hoarder home, they are often the best solution.  You are  probably going to be better off in the long run selling to an investor.  With an investor you will usually net the same amount as if you sold it through a Realtor®, but, in much less time.