Hoarding is a grim situation for those afflicted and can be painful for a hoarder's loved ones.
Depending on the severity of the compulsion to hoard, the build-up of objects or even animals can lead to dangerous circumstances for the hoarder, and eventually, make their home unlivable.
If you're reading this, a hoarding situation in your life may be so dire you're considering dealing with the problem yourself or hiring professional help.
However, you may also be concerned about the scale and cost of hiring out a hoarding cleanup. After all, you don't want to feel as if expenses are coming out of nowhere. And as much as you want to recover the space, you also want to feel confident the investment is worth it.
This article will help you understand the intricacies of pricing a hoarding clean-up. So when you're ready to take the first step toward recovery for yourself or a loved one, you'll feel confident professional help is the right choice for you.
Here's how it works...
Understanding hoarding clean-up costs
Because of the dangers inherent in cleaning a hoarding space, estimating the price of a hoarding clean-up is a complex task in itself. The severity of the damage will affect how long it takes and how many resources are needed to get the job done.
The following are variables that affect the difficulty and cost of a hoarding clean-up job.
Size of the space
The larger the home, the more space available for hoarded items, which increases the amount of time needed to clear the area. A larger space is also more likely to hold larger items, such as furniture, appliances, or electronics that require more people to remove.
Contents of the space
In some cases, a hoarder will have objects that, if stored for a long period of time, leak harmful toxins into the surrounding area. If this is the case, the hoarding clean-up service will have to make special arrangements to deal with the contamination, as well as the object in question.
In the case of an animal-hoarding situation, urine and feces clean-up are needed. And often there is more structural damage to the property than in a non-animal-hoarding situation.
Depending on the cirumstances, biological contaminants may pose additional hazards for a clean-up crew. Concerns arise when there's a chance of contact with bodily fluids. Blood pathogens can be passed through human bodily fluids as well as those of pests that may be festering beneath hoarded items. If this is the case, only a trained professional should be responsible for cleaning the affected area, as they will bring the special protective equipment and expertise needed to prevent illness.
Additional services & number of specialists needed
A hoarding situation has cascading effects on the condition of the home. This means special services may be called for to restore the space to original conditions. Biohazards, mold, water damage, and animal infestations are all examples of when additional specialists would be added to a hoarding clean-up service. If you want the option to sift through the hoarded items or wish to have the clean-up service donate some items, this will affect the overall cost of the job as well.
Taking the next step
As you can see, there are a ton of variables involved in a hoarding clean-up service. We hope this article helped you understand the components of quoting a complex job like this, and that you feel better informed to take the next step in your restoration journey.
Clean Earth Restorations Hoarding Clean-Up Service
Clean Earth Restorations provides a free and ultra-precise quote before beginning any hoarding clean-up job.
Our team of experts walks the property with a 360-degree camera, assesses the damages, and puts together a detailed estimate of the costs for you, room by room.
We also bring 26 years of experience in:
- Carpet cleaning
- Water damage
- Mold damage
- And many other hoarding-related restoration needs
Allow our qualified team to guide you through the restoration process. So you can have a home that is safe, inviting and healthy.
Call us today for a free consultation at 619-284-4239. We are here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
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