Tips For Cleaning Out A House Full Of Hoarded Items


Have you recently inherited a house that is full of an eclectic assortment of stuff? Are you wondering how you can ever get it cleaned out so that you can move in or sell it? If the previous occupant was a bit of a hoarder, making the house habitable again can seem difficult. Here are some tips on how to make the most of the cleanup process:

Get dumpsters: Arrange for the rental of at least one or two dumpsters. As much trash as you initially think is in the house, there may be even more than that. You may think that you can simply toss the unwanted stuff into the weekly trash cans, but this may not work as well as you'd like.

As an example, consider a house that has a living room that measures ten feet by twelve feet and is eight feet high. If it is completely packed floor to ceiling with various items, it can hold over 30 cubic yards of sundry items! Since dumpsters are 10 to 45 cubic yards each, you could end up filling an entire dumpster with the contents of just one room. If you start with two dumpsters, you can arrange for more as the project progresses and the need arises. For more information on dumpsters, check out websites like

Don't throw away everything: When you're cleaning out an old house, it can be tempting to just toss everything into the dumpsters in order to get the process over as quickly as possible. But, by doing that, you could be throwing away hundreds or even thousands of dollars in potential inheritance money. The right antique and vintage kitchen gadgets can be worth hundreds of dollars. On your first pass through the home, only throw out things that are obviously garbage. Old takeout containers, cardboard boxes and moth-eaten clothing can obviously be thrown out. But even stacks of seemingly worthless, but undamaged newspapers or magazines, may have some value. Once the house is a little tidier, you can start sorting the old but worthless items from the old and valuable ones.

Avoid spending coins: During the cleanup process, you're almost certain to find coins falling out of things that are destined to be tossed into the dumpsters. As tempting as it can be to take this spare change and reward yourself with a meal at a fast food restaurant, this is possibly the last thing you want to do. If you find a silver dollar collection, these can be worth many times their face value. Even relatively recent half dollars can appraise for several times what they'd be worth at an ordinary store or restaurant. Spending a small stack of un-appraised antique coins at your favorite fast food restaurant could unknowingly be one of the most expensive meals you've ever purchased.


24 December 2015

Cleaning Up the Property: Renting a Dumpster

Before I got a great deal on a house that needed some work, it never occurred to me that individuals could rent dumpsters. It did not take me long to find out that many sanitation services would rent units to homeowners. I was even able to hire a team that helped me get rid of the broken furniture and the old car that was rusting in the front yard. If you have never thought about renting a dumpster for things like cleaning out the attic, let's talk. After you know how easy the process happens to be, I'm betting you'll rent one for your next project.