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If you or a loved one is struggling with hoarding, you may be wondering why you need a professional hoarding cleanup company. After all, you might think that you can just sort through the clutter yourself and throw away what you don’t need. However, there are many benefits to hiring a professional hoarding cleanup company that you may not be aware of. Here are some of them:

 

  • A professional hoarding cleanup company has the experience and expertise to handle any situation, no matter how severe or complex. They know how to safely and efficiently remove, transport, and dispose of the accumulated items, while respecting your privacy and dignity.
  • A professional hoarding cleanup company can also help you with the emotional and psychological aspects of hoarding. They can provide you with support, guidance, and referrals to mental health professionals who can help you address the underlying causes of your hoarding behavior and prevent it from recurring.
  • A professional hoarding cleanup company can also help you restore your home to a safe and healthy condition. They can sanitize, deodorize, and repair any damage caused by the hoarding, such as mold, pests, fire hazards, structural issues, and more. They can also help you organize and rearrange your belongings in a way that suits your needs and preferences.

As you can see, hiring a professional hoarding cleanup company is not only a smart decision, but also a compassionate one. By entrusting your hoarding cleanup to the experts, you can save yourself time, money, stress, and potential health risks. You can also reclaim your living space and improve your quality of life.

We do not perceive anyone’s belongings as “Junk” to just be removed and discarded. We understand that there’s a reason you have everything and that some items are more difficult to part with than others. That’s why we work closely with you to develop a plan and maintain communication each step of the way.

Our staff is trained to sort belongings so that valuable and sentimental items are recovered. If you are aware of any items that we need to specifically look for, we request you inform us before the cleaning begins.

Because every job we do is different, we provide free, no-obligation assessments. For the assessment, we arrange a visit with either you or the person who will allow us access to the hoarded place, and we will take a few pictures that will help our team create an accurate quote for the job, as well as a time frame for completion. Depending on the urgency for completing the job, we are able to assign more technicians in order to meet your timeframe.

The first step we recommend is to contact our office to speak to one of our hoarding cleanup specialists, who will guide you through the process of decluttering the space. The number to call is 1-855-468-2588 or arrange an onsite assessment by email (Click here)

Hoarding is a disorder that affects millions of people around the world. It is characterized by a persistent difficulty in discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of their actual value. Hoarding can cause significant distress and impairment in various areas of life, such as health, safety, social relationships, and work. Hoarding is considered a mental illness when it interferes with the person’s daily functioning and well-being. Hoarding can also be a symptom of other mental disorders, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, anxiety, or dementia. Hoarding is not the same as collecting or being organized. People who collect or organize their belongings usually enjoy their possessions and can access them easily. People who hoard often feel overwhelmed by their clutter and have difficulty finding or using their items.

Mental health professionals have recognized a condition known as Compulsive Hoarding Disorder, in which individuals are more likely to hoard. Learn about the signs that someone is struggling with Compulsive Hoarding Disorder here. If someone that you know is struggling with hoarding, we have a list of mental health resources here.

Hoarding behaviours can affect any person at any age. However, studies have shown that hoarding is more prevalent in men and commonly affects older adults from age 55 to 94.

According to the Institute for Challenging Disorganization, there are five different levels of hoarding, also known as the ICD Clutter Hoarding Scale. Level 1 is the least severe of the scale, whereas Level 5 requires significant intervention. You can learn more about the ICD Clutter Hoarding Scale here.

Hoarding Disorders can begin at any point in one’s life. One of the first signs that your loved one may be experiencing a hoarding disorder is a new defensiveness around their living space. They might be distressed at the thought of letting you into their space, lest you judge them for their environment. Someone who is developing hoarding disorders may also start to become withdrawn and won’t be involved in social activities they used to enjoy.

Hoarding can run in families, but psychologists are unclear as to whether this means that it is genetic or if people see their family members hoarding and therefore learn the behavior from them. However, it isn’t always a learned behavior; someone can start hoarding without any previous family history.

Animal hoarding is often caused by the same factors, such as a traumatic life event, that causes the hoarding of possessions. However, animal hoarding can become destructive far more quickly than  hoarding of items, as animals can create a lot of waste and may even begin mating. Learn more about animal hoarding here.

Animal hoarding is about more than simply having a lot of animals; this particular type of hoarding is often signified by the care of the animals and the overall living situation. For example, a person could have six pets and take good care of them while preventing them from taking over the home. However, a person who hoards may not be able to handle 6 pets and cannot say no to taking in more animals, even when the existing animals are causing havoc. Learn more about animal hoarding here.

There are no specific ‘cures’ for hoarding, but many people who develop hoarding disorders find that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is key to helping them stop hoarding and regain inner peace. See our list of hoarding therapists here.

There are many triggers that may lead someone to hoarding; often, it is found that people begin hoarding after stressful life events. This is a way of coping, as it makes them feel like they have control over something when life seems out of control in other ways. Hoarding can also be indicative of other issues in someone’s mental health, such as dementia or obsessive-compulsive disorder. However, each situation is unique and assigning one specific cause to a hoarding situation can be harmful.