How Hoarding Destroys Families

(February 23, 2017)

While this condition has likely been a secret issue in society for a long time, the spotlight has been shined directly on hoardingover the past several years due to shows like A&E’s Hoarders. Research shows that this disorder affects as many as three to five percent of635996927475293144-hoarding-052416.jpgAmericans, but its toll is much higher than that. Family members, friends, and even pets are all deeply affected when someone with this compulsive disorder fills their home with an excessive number of objects.

While the television shows that chronicle hoarders’ attempts at recovery and the ensuing cleanup demonstrate many of the emotional aspects that affect the sufferers and their families, they don’t always reflect the practical concerns that can be involved with the home itself. Years and years of things piling up inside and around a property can cause damage and preclude needed maintenance, affecting the home’s value.

If you’ve been left dealing with the mess left behind by a hoarder, you’re probably not even sure where to begin. There are no magical crews that are going to swoop in and save the day like on television, and removal and repair can be costly and time-consuming.

Investors can purchase these properties, and in fact surveys show that most real estate investors are not deterred by the conditions caused by problems like hoarding. This can be a great benefit to overwhelmed sellers because oftentimes investors will purchase the property even with all of the contents still inside, taking the headache of dealing with the mess off your hands.

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Jennifer Shenbaum

Written by Jennifer Shenbaum

Jennifer Shenbaum is a real estate investor based in Southern California. She is a veteran of the housing market crash of 2007. Best of all, she offers free remodeling ideas to all who ask.

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