Chances are, you've probably seen the popular TV show, and have some idea of what a hoarding situation looks like, but not many people are truly aware of how painful and stressful that deeply seated emotional attachment to items really feels. Many people do not know what it feels like to be trapped inside your own home, or how it feels to be controlled by your possessions. Many do not know the fear of first responders being unable to reach them inside their home in an emergency, or worse, a fire, or unstable conditions.
This kind of situation creates safety and health hazards, strained family relationships, and suffering of the individual (or individuals) who feel as though they just can't stop. Compulsive hoarding is a very real mental disorder which is characterized by extreme acquisition of items, and then in an inability, or an unwillingness to let go of those items. It is often associated with obsessive compulsive behavior, though the number of hoarders is twice as many as OCD patients. It is more common than you might think as well, as many as 14 million people in the US are compulsive hoarders.
The compulsive hoarders shown on TV are often portrayed in a negative light, however, most hoarders are high functioning individuals who hold down jobs and have families, just like everybody else. There are different types of hoarding as well, such as:
-magazines, and books
-stuff for making crafts
Just to name a few. Pretty much anything can be hoarded, even animals. However, sometimes hoarders purchase thousands of dollars worth of items off the internet or from TV shows, creating a huge financial strain. Companies that work to clean out a home where a hoarding situation is occurring may or may not be focused on helping the client sell the items but rather helping them begin to have a healthier living space.
Wiley Estate Sales and Antiques are there to help recover the often vast amounts of lost monetary value in these kinds of situations. We are sensitive to the needs of our client, and will bring in specialists as necessary to help the process go smoothly. Our goals are to help the Client release the items causing the issue, to help them get their home into a livable condition again, to help discourage the behavior from happening in the future, and to help them recover as much money as possible. We work on a percentage based commission, so if you don't make money, we don't make money. Any and all upfront costs, such as hiring a crew, or acquiring portable dumpsters are discussed up front, in person, before any decision is made, giving the client more control of the process.
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423-268-7195 for an absolutely free no-obligation consultation. We are here to help.