I know there is a show called ‘hoarders’, and in extreme cases there could be explosives, biohazards, animals, etc., but typically, I don’t get what the big deal is.
This article on Newsweek:
bemoans the horror left to the next of kin of a hoarder because of the grief plus the clean-up of their crap. The guy in the article had to take SIX MONTHS off work to deal with the death of his hoarder mother, and that still wasn’t enough time. O.k. I just don’t understand this. I can’t believe it would take more than a month for any normal house. Yes, I understand his Mom could have the Hope Diamond and the deed to the house hidden among her piles of used magazines, but if you accept the fact you won’t find them at the start, it seems like an easy clean-up process. Pile 1: anything obviously valuable (probably very small), Pile 2: anything you can donate that can be reasonably picked up or dropped off (larger pile), Pile 3: everything else - goes straight into a giant dumpster in the driveway. Even the worst house should be clean in under a month barring the aforementioned hazards. I would clean the house one room at a time and have a contractor working behind me to fix everything for the house to be sold. The default assumption would always be that everything goes into the dumpster unless there is reason to believe otherwise.
My inlaws are quasi-hoarders in that when their own parents died, they stuffed all their crap into their giant garage, which is now a giant pile of junk. Once when I had a week between jobs, I tried to go through some of the bigger items (like furniture) to make a dent, and the only problem I encountered was the in-laws themselves, who wanted to argue about the disposition of every piece of crap, which made it an unmanageable process. If those people were already dead, there would be no one to object and the whole garage would have been clean inside of two days in my opinion. So what is the big deal I’m not understanding about this? Just assume the true value is in the house itself and the land, and anything you happen to find of value along the way as you throw out the trash is just a bonus.