Hoarding is a difficult subject to bring up, and can be a dangerous practice. For anyone with a relative or friend who tends to hoard items, it might seem difficult or impossible to know how to approach the subject without upsetting the affected individual. It may seem overwhelming at times, and it can be frustrating dealing with this type of behavior. There are several important things to know when dealing with this type of behavior, and we’re here to help give you some advice and information about the hoarding cleanup process.
One of the most important things to note is that in most cases, hoarding is typically the product of deeper mental issues. Approaching someone who has a tendency to hoard must be done tactfully and with empathy. It is important to resolve this issue, but also to keep the dignity of your friend/loved one in tact, and to also make sure they feel safe and cared for.
When it comes to the hoarding cleanup process, there are several things that most cleaning and restoration companies will provide. Below we’ve included a small list of services that are usually included in the hoarding cleanup process.
- On-site evaluation and free cost estimates
- Odor removal
- Animal waste cleanup and disinfection
- Clutter/trash/pack rat cleanouts
- Search and recovery efforts of valuables in the home
- Biohazardous recovery and disposal (human waste, hypodermic syringe/needles, etc.)
- Packing and storing personal belongings
- Restoration of damaged areas of the property
One of the most important things to keep in mind during this process is that this can be very traumatic for the affected individual. It is of the upmost importance to make sure they feel supported and safe. Here at Clean Earth Restorations, we train all of our professionals to be empathetic and to respect the boundaries of the affected individual. It is also important for you to provide that same safe feeling. Be empathetic, respect the person, don’t fight about the mess, and always focus on the big picture. It is important to look towards the future. It isn’t always easy, but it is possible to break through. For more information on hoarding cleanup and restoration services, give us a call at 619-284-4239, or contact us at cleanearthrestorations.com.