Austin Junk Removal: Cleaning Up After a Hoarder Moves Out

Posted: August 23, 2013 in Uncategorized
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If you’ve ever watched Hoarders, you might have noticed that quite a few of the hoarders are actually living in rental properties. Usually, landlords are unaware that they are renting to a hoarder until the hoard becomes completely out of control. Of course, you can evict hoarders then, but you’ll still be responsible for making the home rentable again.

So what should you do if your renter moves out and leaves a hoard? Here’s some steps to take:

Call a junk removal company.

You’ll need a junk removal company to clean out the trash and junk left behind by the hoarder. The task is simply too overwhelming for you to do alone.

Call the SPCA.

Unfortunately, hoarders tend to hoard animals as well as trash. If you notice multiple animals around the property, call the SPCA. They’ll be able to provide care for the animals, but they’re also the ones who will decide whether or not the police should get involved.

Replace appliances.

One of the reasons hoarders live in such unsanitary conditions is that they’re often embarrassed to call in outside help when something breaks. So if the stove broke, instead of calling you, they’ll leave it broken and often use it as another place to store junk. For this reason, you’ll probably need to replace some appliances.

Fix the plumbing.

As I mentioned above, hoarders won’t call in outside help. This includes calling a plumber. More often than not, hoarders will leave homes with plumbing issues. Sometimes, the house won’t have running water at all.

Power wash the outside.

If the inside of the home is filthy, odds are the outside is too. Power wash the outside of the home, the front porch and the back porch. Some junk removal companies such as Dirty Work will be able to power wash the property after they’re done cleaning.

Paint the inside.

Once you’re gotten all the junk out of the house and everything fixed, paint the inside of the house. It’ll make the entire place look and feel cleaner.

Clean or replace the carpet.

Hire a professional carpet cleaner to deep clean the carpet. Unfortunately, a lot of times the carpet will be so stained that you must either replace it or pull it up.

Landscape.

Once you have the house completely cleaned out, consider adding some landscaping to the home to restore its beauty.

If a hoarder is moving out of your rental property and you need the services of an Austin junk removal company, find Dirty Work on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.

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