Compulsive Hoarding is a type of mental health disorder, in which a person struggles with getting rid of an excessive collection of items because of a need to save them. This behavior eventually creates cramped & hazard living space. If the town or city that the hoarder lives in finds out about the condition of their home, they may be forced to label the property as a condemned house.
Reason for Hoarding
When hoarding is discovered, people tend to ask, “What is the reason for hoarding”? The answer may be simple, but the response may also make no sense to others except for hoarders. For instance, people start hoarding because they have an idea that item(s) will be of some use to them in the near future. What makes no sense to most, but not to a hoarder, is that they may either attribute a sentimental or monetary value to these things. Items may represent the loss of an important person, to the possibility of getting a large lump sum of money when they finally sell or recycle the items for cash at a local recycling center.
Types of Hoarding
There are about six (6) types of hoarding that someone can struggle with:
Animals – Having more animals than what one can take care of.
Books – Excessive collection of books as a way to hoard information.
Trash – Garbage with no sentimental value or functional use.
Food – Stockpile of food driven by extreme fear of needing to survive.
Recycling – Bags of recyclables with hopes of large cash payout.
Collections – Obsessive collectors of a particular category of items.
Shopaholics – Compulsive need to purchase items that, in time, pile up.
Below are just some examples of local cities & towns whom have created hoarding help, specialty groups of professionals that implement protocols to best help homeowners find ways to clear their cluttered minds and houses.
Boston Hoarding Task Force
Brookline Hoarding Task Force
Newton Hoarding Task Force
Within Massachusetts, the struggle of this disorder has become so concerning, that hoarding help has been developed. Through the use of these task force homeowners are provided access to resources & services.
Selling a Hoarder House
Cleaning cost, property repairs, and other personal expenses can make it difficult in selling a hoarder house. This is where we come in. We help by making a reasonable cash offer to buy a hoarder house in ‘as-is’ condition. Even if you feel like you have an over cluttered house that nobody wants, just know that we do.
We will take care of the cleanup and eligible homeowners will receive an offer on the value of the home in its’ current condition. We can even make a referral, if needed, to local mental health professionals or other providers, who can give immediate &/or ongoing support as a preventative measure for future compulsive hoarding.