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Hoarding Cleanup Costs

January 13th, 2014 by

Costs for Cleaning up After Hoarders

hoarding cleanup cost 225x300 Hoarding Cleanup CostsThe most asked of all hoarding questions is, “How much does hoarding or clutter cleanup cost?” As much as Address Our Mess would like to provide the fastest quote possible, it is important for potential clients to understand that it is nearly impossible to give a quote for hoarding cleanup costs over the telephone. And, while other methods like providing in-depth descriptions of the property and photographs may help our Case Managers to determine an estimated, or “ball-park”, guess on the pricing, a true estimate cannot be granted unless a Case Manager physically inspects the home in person.

The reasons why a walk through inspection is necessary to provide hoarding cleanup costs are many. The main reason is because each and every hoarding situation is different. A variety of factors must be considered when providing clients with an estimated cost of hoarding cleanup. These factors include, but are not limited to:

  •          Property Size
  •          Location of Property
  •          Type of Property
  •          Functionality of Major Amenities (eg. water, electricity, heat, plumbing)
  •          Materials to Be Disposed Of
  •          Method of Disposal
  •          Sanitation Supplies (Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), biowashes, air scrubbers, etc.)
  •          Number of Crews Needed
  •          Time Needed to Complete Cleanup

How much a hoarder wants to be personally involved in the process also factors into pricing. For instance, simple junk or trash hauling with no client involvement uses less time and resources than full-on organization and sorting.

hoarding cleanup costs 225x300 Hoarding Cleanup CostsAnother important aspect to consider while calculating hoarding cleanup costs depends on whether or not biohazards are present. Especially in cases of Animal Hoarding or Senile Squalor, biohazards such as feces, urine, vomit, blood, and other bodily fluids present health hazards to those who come in contact with contaminated areas and items. Only highly-trained, certified technicians from Address Our Mess should handle biohazards. Proper precautionary measures like PPE and safe disposal techniques are practiced during every hoarding and clutter cleanup project.

Address Our Mess case managers and technicians have dedicated their careers to helping hoarders clean up their lives. Some hoarding cleaning companies may charge just for consultation or estimates. Address Our Mess will provide a thorough, detailed estimate of all work done during the deep cleaning project. Our clients are only billed when Address Our Mess has been hired for the project.

Included with our services are organizing and sorting into three main categories: trash, donations, and keepsakes. Our clients will never be charged extra for this service. Trash is hauled and disposed of by local safety standards. Donations management and hauling is provided by Address Our Mess (and donations are always made to the benefactor of the client’s choosing). Keepsakes are reviewed with the client and returned back to their rightful place within the home. With hoarding locations across the United States, Address Our Mess is equipped to provide the best value for a variety of deep cleaning services.

For more information on our hoarding cleanup costs or a description of our services, please call us at the telephone number listed above or contact us online.

Levels of Hoarding Guide

October 25th, 2013 by

Address Our Mess Official Hoarding Levels List

The levels of hoarding guide is here to provide help and assistance with determining how severe your hoarding situation may have become. Only use this hoarding levels as a guide to help you to get to where you need to be with the cleanliness of your home. Considerations should be taken when doing a hoarding cleaning project, Address Our Mess is here to help.

levels of hoarding guide 232x300 Levels of Hoarding GuideWhen faced with the hoarding condition, either as a hoarder yourself or as a bystander to the difficult life of someone you know, it can be difficult coming to grips with how severe the situation has become.  Discovering just how dangerous your particular hoarding condition is can literally mean the difference between life and death. 

With over twenty years of experience and knowledge, Address Our Mess has developed the Levels of Hoarding Guide.  This unique chart takes viewers through a visual journey that will help them determine just how dire a particular hoarding situation has deteriorated into.  By determining the proper Level of Hoarding, hoarders and their helpers will be able to plan a course of action which will lead to a successful recovery.

Depending on the type of “Hoarding Symptoms” a person or family may face on a regular basis, Address Our Mess experts have categorized the Levels of Hoarding from Mild to Life-Threatening.  Each Level of Hoarding requires a unique, and in some cases more direct, approach to creating a happier, healthier lifestyle.

Mild cases of hoarding go beyond typical clutter and minor dusting.  Mild hoarders stack objects and clutter so high that it blocks key entrances and exits to livable areas of the home.  These blockages reduce functionality of the respected living space while causing fire and evacuation hazards.  In some mild hoarding cases, broken appliances could also hinder the livability of the home.  Clutter cleaning services can help a person or family get back on track quite easily as Mild is the lowest Level of Hoarding.

Serious hoarding situations more than likely require the services of hoarding clean upSerious hoarding conditions share all of the same attributes as Mild hoarders along with additional dangers and hazards that can cause injury or illness.  Broken HVAC, Air Conditioning, and/or heating systems can be a great detriment to a person or family forced to live in extreme weather conditions.  Due to the neglect of the property, rodents, vermin, and insects will usually nest in the home.  The personal neglect of the hoarder coupled with the nesting of the vermin can cause major structural damage to the property which can lead to serious injury or accidents.  These vermin also carry a plethora of diseases and allergens, making the hoarded home a hotbed for illnesses.

Extreme hoarders not only need typical hoarding cleaning services, but more than likely need the services of an animal hoarding cleanup provider.  Whether vermin or wild animals make their home in these Extreme conditions, or if domesticated animals are hoarded to obscene levels, Animal hoarding cleanup technicians must be contracted to perform the necessary sterilization process of the property.  Along with all of the other dangers that present themselves in Mild and Serious hoarding cases, Extreme Hoarders also have to battle broken plumbing, animal hoarding, and pet and/or human feces, urine, vomit, or blood in the home.  These biohazards can cause serious illnesses that, if not tended to properly, can be fatal.

Finally, Life-Threatening Hoarding situations combine all of the symptoms of mild, serious, and extreme hoarding into one dangerous deathtrap.  Life-threatening Hoarding conditions almost always involve expired or rotted food, hazardous medication, and other dangerous chemicals or materials in the hoarded home.  Explosions, fires, and collapses are just a few of the dangers that lurk in a Life-threatening Hoarding situations.  Deadly diseases can also be contracted and spread.  Biohazard dangers in these types of hoarding conditions must be addressed immediately before diseases spread beyond the hoarded home and into the community.

Along with the Levels of Hoarding Guide, hoarders and their helpers can also find the answers to many hoarding faqs by reading the Official Hoarding Do’s and Don’ts.  This tool will not only help identify the type of hoarding that a person or family may be struggling with, but will help the bond of trust to be built between hoarders and their helpers.  This trust will carry the recovery process to a successful end.

Hoarding Clutter

September 12th, 2013 by

Hoarding clutter can be an overwhelming condition to overcome.  Many dangers arise when hoarding clutter becomes part of an everyday household.  Along with physical dangers like fire hazards, room and doorway blockages, rodent and insect infestation, and becoming trapped under fallen piles of items, hoarding clutter also creates a variety of mental and emotional dangers.

Clutter cleaning providers estimate that between 2 and 5 percent of the US population suffers from hoarding clutter in their homes.  This translates to between 6 and 16 million people who live with the debilitating condition in the US alone.  Hoarding clutter cannot be ignored as the condition can cause the destruction of lives, families, and friendships.

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When a person finds themselves hoarding too much clutter, or a friend or loved one uncovers the condition in someone important in their lives, finding the path to a healthier life can be difficult.  Knowing where to start is key to the ultimate success of the recovery effort.

In many cases, helpers of hoarders are unsure why their loved one has created this situation for themselves.  Hoarding is a condition that does not develop overnight.  Instead, hoarders spend years collecting items that eventually turn to overwhelming piles and heaps of clutter.  Usually, a traumatic event triggers the hoarding condition.  However, it is hard to define what makes an event “traumatic” in the mind of a hoarder as different people respond uniquely to situations that happen in their lives.

The Official Do’s and Don’ts for Hoarding Clutter is the perfect place to start when setting out on the road to recovery.  This interactive guide allows helpers of hoarders understand why their loved one is so attached to the clutter in their home.  It also provides guidance on how to communicate the dangers of hoarding to their loved one.  At the same time, the guide helps hoarders understand why people are trying to help them and the emotions they may be feeling during the recovery process.

While hiring a hoarding cleaning service provider is the best way to get a head start on the organizing and sorting process as well as creating an opportunity for the property to be fully sanitized and deep-cleaned, hoarders and their helpers may find Decluttering Tips helpful in an effort to get a head start on recovery.  By committing just 15 minutes a day to a particular area of a home, people hoarding clutter can start to feel empowered by the fact that they are taking over their home and that their home is no longer taking them over.

 

What is Hoarding?

September 4th, 2013 by

A Comprehensive Look At The Hoarding Condition

What Is Hoarding?

Compulsive hoarding is a mental health condition whose sufferers display a tendency to stockpile large quantities of objects in which their perceived value far exceeds their true worth.  Hoarders develop an emotional attachment with every item in their living space, becoming physically and emotionally unable to remove or discard them.  Typical hoarded objects in are boxes, newspapers, magazines, documents, clothing, collectibles, food, garbage, and even animals and reptiles.

The Dangers of Hoarding

The hoarding condition can cause a variety of debilitating issues that range from physical, mental, emotional, and social damage.  Living in a hoarded home can also cause financial strain in a number of ways.

Physical Dangers of Hoarding

hoarding experts What is Hoarding?Immediate physical dangers of hoarding large quantities of items include fire and structural hazards such as dilapidation due to neglect.  Stacks and piles of hoarded items often collapse on top of the hoarders themselves.  The injuries that occur range from severe to fatal.  Professional hoarding cleanup service providers have seen an increase in reported cases of deceased hoarders who have been trapped beneath collapsed piles of hoarded objects.

Other physical dangers include a plethora of health hazards.  Biohazards like feces, urine, vomit, blood, and other bodily fluids are often found in a hoarded home due to neglect of the property.  This is especially true in cases of animal hoarding.  The presence of biohazards can spread infectious diseases that can be fatal.

Also, rodents, wild animals, and other vermin are usually attracted to hoarded homes due to the neglectful nature of hoarders.  These vermin are carriers and spreaders of disease which can infect inhabitants of the home in fatal doses.

Mental and Emotional Dangers of Hoarding

The mental and emotional implications of the hoarding condition are just as dangerous as the physical threats.  Mental and emotional stress can easily manifest themselves into physical ailments.  Symptoms from muscle spasms to migraines to panic attics can be associated with stress and anxiety.

One of the most common questions about hoarding is, “If hoarders choose to live this way, what right do they have to feel stressed?”  What most people do not understand is that hoarders constantly subject themselves to unnecessary amounts of stress.  Hoarders constantly worry about how untidy and unclean their home is.  Hoarders constantly worry about not being able to find items in their hoard, accidently losing one or more of their possessions, and deciding what to and not to throw away in the trash.

Hoarders also live in constant worry over others discovering their condition.  A person who struggles with hoarding will go out of their way to avoid talking about their home.  The stress of this particular topic leads directly into the next danger, social anxiety.

Social Dangers of Hoarding

It is commonplace for hoarders to distance themselves from all family, friends, and co-workers due to their condition.  Even though hoarders find it impossible to change their living situation, embarrassment and humiliation are strong feelings to ignore.

Hoarders will turn away visitors and never invite friends or family over.  In some instances, hoarders will even neglect and ruin relationships with those who are close to them on purpose just so they will never have to subject them to their hoarded home.

Loneliness causes depression.  Depression causes stress and anxiety.  Stress and anxiety cause physical ailments that could ruin a person’s life.

Financial Dangers of Hoarding

compulsive hoarding photo What is Hoarding?People suffering from the hoarding condition generally spend more money on common items than a person who does not suffer from the condition.  Hoarders will spend money collecting items they will never find use for.  They will also spend money replacing things that have become lost amongst the mounds of objects that have overtaken their home.

Financial burdens also arise when an unkempt home causes disruption in the community.  The most common offense occurs when hoarded objects spill onto adjacent properties forcing neighbors to sue.  Property neglect is also common, as municipalities will regularly fine or ticket a hoarded home that has become unkempt and unclean.  Also, there have been cases reported of foul odors so repulsive that communities take legal action against hoarders to address the cause of the disruptive smell.

How to Get Help

Hoarders and their helpers must first acknowledge that the problem exists in order to handle it efficiently.  Once this happens, a bond of trust must be forged in order for all parties involved in the recovery effort to see the project through to completion.  A multitude of resources are available via Address Our Mess for hoarders and their helpers to educate themselves on the condition and how to get a fresh start on the road to a happier, healthier life.

Hoarders Anonymous

June 28th, 2013 by

Hoarding Privacy and Keeping Hoarders Anonymous

For homeowners struggling with hoarding and clutter, anonymity is almost always crucial when braving the road to recovery.

For hoarders seeking help on their own, or for loved ones who are seeking help for them, building a bond of trust is the first step in a long, yet rewarding process of living a healthier lifestyle.  Hoarders anonymous calls for help should be met with kindness, understanding, and patience.  Once this bond is built, a hoarding cleaning service can be consulted with to help with the physical cleaning of the property while the hoarder and their loved ones focus on the mental and emotional challenges.

hoarder anonymous Hoarders AnonymousWhile it seems that the hoarding condition has only just come into the public eye, hoarding has actually been documented since the beginning of recorded history.  Until recently, hoarding was considered a symptom of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).  It was not until the 1990’s that professionals in the mental health field started to truly understand hoarding as its own condition.

Thanks to the revision of the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-V (released in May 2013), hoarding is now viewed as its very own category in the mental health field.  What this means for hoarders and their families is that more time and resources will be spent on helping people struggling with the condition.  Now more than ever, opportunities for hoarders to anonymously look for help is available in abundance.

One of the many options homeowners with extreme clutter can exercise is joining a Hoarders Anonymous support group.  This will afford hoarders an opportunity to make an anonymous effort to get valuable tips and support when starting the recovery process.

Another option for hoarders is to confide in one or two close family members or friends during the process.  The Hoarders Guide of Do’s and Don’ts is a perfect tool to use to help determine what kind of person a hoarder would want by their side and offers many tips on how each party can get on the same level when it comes to tackling the hardest of issues.

If you need a reputable hoarding cleanup company that prides itself in keeping your issues private by providing unmarked trucks, uniformed staff with shirts that DON’T say hoarding cleanup or junk removal on them and a staff who deals with hoarding situations everyday of the week and knows what to say to neighbors who ask them questions. Contact Address Our Mess at the number above or use our contact form below.

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Official Guide for Animal Hoarders

June 13th, 2013 by

Animal hoarding is an ever-growing community issue that affects the lives of countless pets and their owners, sometimes resulting in law enforcement intervention.

New reports surface on a nearly daily basis around the country centered on homes being found with dozens of animals, all of which are unable to receive the proper care and love they need.

Animal hoarders are generally people who love animals. They feel they can “rescue” the animals by bringing them into their home. When their “collection” of animals grows beyond the accepted ratio of companion animals to people, a hoarding situation has developed.

Animal Hoarders Guide Official Guide for Animal Hoarders

Address Our Mess has developed the Official Guide to Animal Hoarding for those struggling with properly caring for their animals and their home. This simple, one-page guide is part of a series of tools designed to help hoarders live happier, healthier lives.

Along with the Official Guide of Do’s and Don’ts for Hoarders and Decluttering Tips, home owners can begin to create a safe, healthy environment for their families and their pets.

For those overwhelmed with the condition of their home, Address Our Mess animal hoarding cleanup services can assist with a deep cleaning process that will help homeowners start a new chapter in their quest for a more organized, healthy lifestyle.

Decluttering Tips

May 15th, 2013 by

Decluttering can be a quick and easy way to create a healthy environment at home or at the office. Home and business owners who feel overwhelmed with the amount of clutter in their living and work spaces can rest easier thanks to Address Our Mess clutter cleaning services.

A handy list of 3 Decluttering Tips has been compiled by Address Our Mess’ highly-trained, certified staff of technicians. This guide is designed to help anyone with a little (or a lot) of clutter to get organized, get sorted, and get clean.

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Invest 15 Minutes Every Day

One may look at their cluttered home and feel the huge weight of burden from every item in every room. It seems easier to say, “I’ll start tomorrow… this weekend… next month.” When in reality, there is not a better time than now to start the decluttering process.

Devoting 15 minutes a day, every day, to cleaning your clutter is the first step in a process that will produce amazing results. You may wonder, “Where do I start?” Pick a room. ANY room. Fully commit to the decluttering process by setting reasonable goals and staying focused. Stay motivated by keeping calm, cleaning with a partner, whistling while you work and keeping it fun. Open windows and doors and let in the fresh air.

By focusing for 15 minutes a day on one room at a time, the clutter will disappear. Don’t give up! And remember: it’s all about respect. Respect for yourself and respect for your prized possessions.

Stop Taking in New Things

This idea may seem easy. However, it’s easier said than done. Sometimes, buying or acquiring new things makes us feel accomplished and happy. It’s important to remember that the new things being brought in will not have a proper place in the home or office if they are buried beneath stacks and mounds of clutter.

Remember, it is all about quality, not quantity. Now is the time to start appreciating every single item in your home or office. By spending more time admiring and utilizing the things you already have, you will realize that you do not need nearly as many new things as you thought.

Treat new possessions like rewards. By setting realistic and attainable goals, like decluttering your entire home, you can reward yourself by buying a new item. By working harder for these rewards you will inherently work harder at keeping a clean home to proudly display your rewards.

A good rule of thumb to use when taking in new items is, “One in, two out.” For every new item introduced to your home or office, throw away or donate two items.

Donate!

Donating to charitable causes is not only a great way to declutter, it is also a great way to give back to the community.

Why donate to a worthy cause? For starters, there are 17 million children in the United States alone that go to bed hungry on a daily basis. On top of 7 out of every 100 adults who are not employed, unused items buried in piles in a cluttered home can find better use in the hands of those who need it most.

Decluttering does not have to be an overwhelming undertaking. By keeping these three tips in mind, home and business owners will be able to create a happier, healthier place to live and work.  For more severe clutter or hoarding problems, refer to the Hoarders Do’s and Don’t Guide.

Hoarding Threatens Cancellation of Insurance

May 13th, 2013 by

How Hoarding Can Cancel Your Home Owner’s Insurance Policy

The hoarding condition is dangerous for all of those involved in the situation.

 

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The Hoarder

Living amongst heaps of boxes, papers, clothing, knickknacks, and toys is a major health risk for a hoarder and their immediate family. An unsanitary living environment attracts rodents and insects which inherently lead to the spread of disease and illness. The deterioration of the property itself makes the home unfit for living, causing risks for fire, flooding, sewage backup and structural collapse.

The Hoarder’s Family

A hoarder tends to alienate themselves even from their closest family and friends. Relationships suffer immensely under the pressures and shame the hoarding condition causes. Oftentimes, family and friends of hoarders who have not been pushed away become engrossed in emotional and physical battles over the condition of the hoarded home.

The Hoarder’s Community

When a hoarded home becomes a fire, sewage or structural risk for the homeowner, it is also a risk to the neighboring homes in the area. A hoarded home can decrease the value of area properties as well as cause a direct hazard to those properties should a fire or flood occur. Rodents and insects can also migrate from a hoarded home to a neighbor.

Is having your insurance cancelled a risk you are willing to take?

Because of all of these inherent risks with living in and neglecting a hoarded home, home owner’s insurance agents and companies across the United States are cancelling the policies of hoarders at an alarming rate. According to insure.com, the #1 resource for insurance, agents are becoming more strict with their inspections. Along with cancellation of policies, hoarders are also being evicted from their homes due to the involvement of law enforcement and environmental officials.

Before the hoarding situation costs you or your loved one their home, you should contact a hoarding cleaning service specialist like Address Our Mess. Our certified technicians are capable of returning any property to its former beauty, creating a safe and healthy environment for the family that calls it home. Our specialists conduct hoarding cleaning projects with the utmost professionalism, courtesy, and privacy.

It is important to remember that anonymity and privacy are our top priorities. By teaming with Address Our Mess, you will be guaranteed service with unmarked vehicles and equipment, as well as technicians dedicated only to providing you with top quality service – not with sharing the details of your home with others.

Having a home owner’s insurance policy cancelled can result in default of a mortgage or even eviction from your own home. Team with Address Our Mess to solve your hoarding problem once and for all.

Heavy Duty House Cleaning

May 9th, 2013 by

Heavy Duty House Cleaning Services

Address Our Mess is able to help with projects both big and small. Address Our Mess’s certified technicians are able to handle heavy duty house cleaning while providing personal, intimate interaction with our clients. Our colleagues will work diligently and efficiently to make sure the “duty” in “heavy duty” is upheld to the highest of standards. It is our job to make your heavy duty house cleaning experience effortless.

heavy duty cleaning 225x300 Heavy Duty House CleaningAfter cleaning has commenced, Address Our Mess will also share tips on how to organize your life once the job is done. Our certified, professional technicians will spend as much time as is needed to make sure your home is cleaned to the highest of standards. Address Our Mess takes house cleaning to a higher level, delivering unrivaled, professional service with 100% satisfaction in mind.

Organizing and sorting during your heavy duty house cleaning process will make life afterwards easy to manage. Address Our Mess will help determine what is trash, what can be donated, and what stays as part of your home. Our professional service technicians will provide heavy duty equipment to haul out unwanted clutter while performing your heavy duty housecleaning with top of the line, OSHA-standard cleaning products and machinery.

“Life happens,” is an adage that is uttered by so many busy Americans in modern society. The saying simply means, “Life is busy and can be overwhelming at times.” One of the victims of a busy lifestyle is keeping on top of house cleaning. After “I’ll do it next weekend” is muttered so many times, a little mess usually transforms into a much bigger mess. That’s when heavy duty house cleaning is in order.

When “life happens”, contact Address Our Mess. Doing heavy duty house cleaning yourself may not be able to fit into your schedule. Let Address Our Mess’s professional technicians provide the tools and work ethic necessary to turn your heavy duty house cleaning into a happy, healthy home environment again.

Address Our Mess services Heavy Duty House Cleaning, One Time Cleanup, Hoarding Cleanup and other specialty cleaning services.

Help for a Pack Rat

May 6th, 2013 by

Pack Rat Problems?

animalhoarding1 Help for a Pack RatSometimes collections of clothing, knickknacks, and memorabilia turn into uncontrollable hoards of stuff. While not everyone who accumulates exorbitant quantities of items is a “hoarder” or requires clutter cleaning services, they may be a pack rat instead.

A pack rat is a term used to describe someone who collects large amounts of objects with a fear of throwing them away. Most of the time a pack rat has a healthy, comfortable space to live and entertain in. However, areas of the home or office like closets, attics, basements, garages and sheds are filled with overwhelming amounts of items kept by a pack rat.

The most common items that are collected by pack rats are clothing, newspapers, junk mail, documents, memorabilia, knickknacks and boxes. These items are accumulated and stacked in areas of the home that are usually unused. While these objects may not get in the way of everyday life, pack rats and their family must keep in mind that piling large amounts of items in any given area causes fire and other health risks.

Address Our Mess is certified with the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and is equipped to offer pack rats state of the art advice, techniques, and services to trim down their collection. Our certified specialists will break down the hoard into three key categories:

Keepsakes – No matter how large the collection may be, there are always items worth keeping. Address Our Mess will work intimately with the pack rat to ensure every item is assessed before removing it from their collection. Our project manager will then share advice on how to properly organize and store all of the items that are kept, creating a healthy and hazard free environment in the home or office.

Donations – Sometimes, there is such a large quantity of items that they can no longer be enjoyed by the collector. Address Our Mess will assist in finding a charitable cause worthy of donation. Once a charity is chosen by the pack rat, items that are of value – but not worth keeping – will be donated in the name of the pack rat and their family.

Trash – In some cases, items become neglected amongst a hoard of other collectibles. Other times, pack rats like to collect items that were garbage from the start. Our certified staff will be able to remove the items from the hoard and properly dispose of them to make room for a healthier home or office environment.

With NAPO certified staff at your side, the pack rat problem can be solved. Address Our Mess can return any space in your home or office to its former glory and beauty. Contact us today to learn more about our pack rat cleaning services.