Hoarding is a difficult situation to understand. A person has a compulsion to keep items in their home, usually in a completely unorganized way. The items often have little to no monetary or sentimental value, like newspapers, plastic bags, or DVDs. As these items pile up, the stacks cut off access to parts of the home and attract dust, rodents, and mold. This is a fire hazard as well as a health hazard. The individual needs to understand the consequences of these actions, so going in with trash bags is only a temporary solution that creates resentment and no long-term changes. Hoarding is a condition based in anxiety and has nothing to do with laziness or poor housekeeping skills.
Fortunately, service providers have developed hoarding cleaning services to help families and friends help their loved ones deal with hoarding situations. ServiceMaster by Disaster Associates, Inc. offers compassionate hoarding cleaning services for people in Dover, NH and the surrounding areas who are struggling with this situation. We treat the individual with respect and involve them in the process as we remove unwanted items and clean the home. We have restored hoarding situations of all sizes and want to reassure both individuals and their loved ones that they are not alone, we understand.
There’s much more to hoarding than just extreme clutter. Someone dealing with this situation may want to seek help but not know where to look. They may be too embarrassed to have friends and family visit, so they withdraw socially. It may take family or friends to make arrangements for restoration because the person may not realize there’s a problem or may be too overwhelmed. The caring experts at ServiceMaster by Disaster Associates, Inc. will work with the individual and the family to create a comprehensive de-cluttering and cleaning plan.
ServiceMaster by Disaster Associates, Inc.’s Hoarding Cleaning Services include:
- Sorting through items in the home and setting aside cash and valuables like jewelry, heirlooms, and art;
- Donating unwanted items to charity;
- Delivering items to designated family members;
- Assisting with any paperwork for trustees, lawyers, or the court system;
- Removing trash;
- Cleaning, organizing, and sanitizing the home.
Our Complete Approach To Hoarding Cleaning
We take a 3-step approach to hoarding cleaning. We realize there’s more to the process than just the actual cleaning, so we work to gain and maintain the trust of the individual throughout the restoration. By involving them in every step of the process, the individual feels a sense of control.
Step 1: Make a connection. We meet with the individual and the family to assess the situation and establish a feeling of trust. We work together to develop an agreement to clean and sanitize the home, and if necessary we can seek help from social services.
Step 2: Create and implement the cleaning plan. We’ll develop a comprehensive plan to address the hoarding and remove the unwanted items to be donated, given away, or discarded. Once the home is de-cluttered, we’ll clean and disinfect it, then reorganize it so the items stay that way.
Step 3: Follow up. We’ll create a simple maintenance plan to help the individual keep the home clean and organized. We offer short-term follow-ups to work through any problems that may arise. We make sure the individual will be able to keep up with the home and is in complete control of the situation.
Hoarding is a sensitive situation, but there’s no need to be embarrassed. The professionals at ServiceMaster by Disaster Associates, Inc. have dealt with this many times and treat each case with discretion and compassion. We work with hoarding situations of all sizes in Dover, NH and surrounding areas to de-clutter, clean, and restore them to safe living conditions again. Call ServiceMaster by Disaster Associates, Inc. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (603) 967-4744 for compassionate, discreet hoarding restoration.