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If you’re looking to sell a hoarder house in KY you’re in right place. In this article we’ll provide helpful information from a resource we use often to understand exactly what we’re dealing with.

In-fact, most people dealing with the decision to sell hoarder homes have very little or no experience with it. Because we’ve dealt with this directly we can offer advice and even take care of the problem without the seller having to move a single box, make a repair or contact a realtor. If this is something you would like to discuss with us call us today at (502) 849-5950 or for more information keep reading for more information about how to sell a hoarder house.

Sell a Hoarder House Table of Contents

What is a Hoarder House?

You know it when you see it, a house filled with wall to wall clutter that makes it challenging to move through the property let alone live in the house as it was intended. While not every hoarder home is a situation posing health hazards compulsive hoarding of materials and/or animals can create extreme stress for occupants and their guests.

In the most severe hoarder houses, you will find conditions that pose dangerous situations. Rotten food, excess trash and excrement. These hazardous materials create a dangerous situation for those with a hoarding disorder not to mention the impact to the property value from the lack of maintenance.

What Causes a Hoarder House Disorder?

In many cases, a hoarder’s house is the symptom of an underlying mental illness where they may feel a strong emotional connection to the collection of hoarded items. Other times in a hoarder house there may be a physical condition that prevents the resident them from discarding waste easily or cleaning up after pets in their home.

According to the Mayo Clinic “Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items.”

What Do You Do If You Inherit a Hoarder’s House You Want to Sell?

When you inherit a hoarder’s house it’s important to consider all options available to you when you want to sell. You may be in a position where you don’t need to sell right away and can consider more options. People often think they have to work with real estate agents directly to sell their handyman special and that’s not the case. This often comes down to whether you fix up the property yourself and sell through real estate agents or sell the houses as-is to a real estate professional. Consider the following as you’re making up your mind of how to sell:

1. Assess the Hoarding Situation

When we assess the condition of hoarder house we look to the the ICD® Clutter–Hoarding Scale® quick reference guide. It’s a free resource developed by the The Institute of Challenging Disorganization (ICD) that provides clear examples that guide the health and safety considerations of professionals dealing with these issues. ICD® is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization whose mission is to benefit people challenged by chronic disorganization.

This quick reference guide provides a grid to help classify each hoarder house situation and identify what precautions need to be in place for anyone working inside the property. From light situations (level 2) where work gloves and hand sanitizer to the most severe cases (level 5) where respirators, heavy duty clothing and disposable coveralls are required. 

2. Do you have the time to dedicate to the work?

Hoarder house cleaning will be a significant undertaking regardless if you’re working on the property your self or hiring contractors to complete the work. If the hoarder house is a hazardous situation then you could expect you or the contractors to be working in heavy protective gear which often slows down the process. The amount of time it takes to clean and renovate directly impacts how quicky you sell.

3. Do you have the patience to deal with the stress?

In our experience, it’s often more work than originally expected as you remove layers of debris from the cluttered living space of a hoarder house. Worst of all, you will likely find more damage to the real estate as the process continues and experience additional delays and increased budget with these setbacks.

4. Do you have the resources to handle the extreme clutter?

Hoarder houses take resources to repair the real estate neglect. While most of the debris removal can be handled for the nominal cost of a dumpster rental, what lies beneath the clutter in a hoarder house can be deceiving. These hoarder properties often need a full renovation that’s on-par with the work of house flippers. In most cases you’ll need new paint, flooring, appliances but there also may neglected maintenance to major parts of the home like HVAC and roofs. Be sure you have a well-funded repairs budget.

If you’re looking to sell a hoarder house strongly consider the time, effort and resources, which could be many months and thousands of dollars, you need to invest to sell the property through real estate agents vs the ease to sell directly to a real estate investor that can buy the house for cash AS IS in a matter of days.

Do People Buy Hoarder Houses?

Yes! Though most hoarder homes are sold to real estate professionals who specialize in buying distressed property like hoarder houses. Depending on the condition of the hoarder house it may not be possible to sell a house the traditional way with a real estate agent and get top dollar without a significant amount of time, effort and expense.

These real estate investors, like We Buy 502, who buy homes for cash in any condition AS IS. These hoarder house buyers (like us) will handle everything. No cleaning, no junk removal, no repairs – you sell the hoarder house and walk away.

Our Experience with Hoarder Houses

When we encounter a hoarder house, we find the Household Functions category of the ICD® Clutter–Hoarding Scale® quick reference guide the most useful. It helps us understand what repairs need to be made and return the property back to full operating condition.  We can quickly determine if this is light work that can be handled for a few hundred dollars and a couple weeks or extreme restoration that would take thousands of dollars and many months to repair.  

For example, when we purchased this hoarder house we originally thought it was a level 4 on the previously mentioned scale. The house was so cluttered the tenant eventually moved out of the property and used it entirely for storage purposes. While it only took us a week to remove the items from the house we quickly learned this property was a level 5. The full-extent of the damage couldn’t be seen until the house was cleared. The damage was so significant it required extensive repairs that took a year to complete. 

These types of hoarder house situations are exactly what We Buy 502 specializes in. Check out these after photos of the exact same property.

That’s the same entrance and bathroom of the hoarder house – the difference between the properties is almost unrecognizable after a year and tens of thousands of dollars in repairs.

Sell A Hoarder House Fast & Walk Away

If you’re looking to sell a hoarder house fast in KY consider speaking with us before you try to sell it the traditional way with a real estate agent. We are real estate professionals that buy properties AS IS and will even take care of everything inside the property.  You can walk away from the property, make no repairs and have the property sold quickly. Call us today to get started (502) 849-5950 or complete the form below.

We buy houses in any condition or situation across KY including Louisville, Lexington, Elizabethtown, Owensboro, Bowling Green and between.  Even more rural areas of the state like Frankfort, Georgetown, Richmond, Radclif, Glasgow, Scottsville and Smiths Grove.  Click here to learn more about us and the markets we we buy houses, apartments, condos and land.  

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Hi, I’m Nyx Sherwin owner of We Buy 502. We’re a small, family-owned business located in Louisville, KY and we’ve also called Lexington and Bowling Green home.

We know selling a property can be a long and tiresome process. From repairs, to showings, negotiations and the waiting game to close. We believe there’s a better way to sell real estate that most don’t consider.  

Our process to buy your property is straightforward and simple.

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Nyx Sherwin is the author of this website and a Kentucky based real estate investor since 2007. |

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