Help, I inherited a hoarder house in Sacramento!

Have you inherited a hoarder house?

Inheriting a hoarder house from a family member can be more difficult than the loss of your loved one.  In addition to your personal loss, you have the added stress of dealing with what they have left behind.   Complicating the situation is an abundance of deferred maintenance that has been accumulating.

You may be thinking, “My other siblings don’t have the time to help and they live too far away.  None of us has the extra money to spend on cleaning up the property so it can be sold.  I used to go over to my parent’s house to try and help but, they were constantly suspicious of my motives and didn’t want anyone touching anything.  Even though they were embarrassed by their situation, they were too emotionally paralyzed to do anything.”

It’s about more than just the stuff left behind

Help, I inherited a hoarder house
It’s not about the stuff left behind.  As one woman recently shared about her inherited 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

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 dumpsters.   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”.

You don’t have to do this alone – a non traditional solution

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 also offer the benefit of being cash buyers who don’t depend upon banks – no wondering if a buyer’s loan will be approved.  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 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.


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