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Watch an episode of reality TV hoarding shows, and it may seem like some individuals are simply too stubborn to let things go. But the truth is hoarding is a serious mental disease that can cause those afflicted to become addicted to their possessions. The disease often requires psychological treatment in order for the person to part with possessions, many of which have no value.
As a property manager, you have no control over whether or not a potential hoarding tenant receives treatment. However, that doesn’t mean the health and well-being of your building’s occupants shouldn’t be priority number one.
It’s not often hoarders have homes filled in excess with valuable treasures. More often it’s piles of trash and garbage, and items the occupant neither needs nor uses. The latter might not seem so dangerous, but when the possessions pile up, the excess weight can cause undue stress on the structure of the dwelling. Those piles can also obstruct access to emergency exits, not too mention could literally bury a person alive should they topple over.
Dangers increase when the hoard is made up old food, biological waste from humans or animals, chemicals, expired prescriptions, or flammable items. In addition to putting your property and the tenants at risk, these conditions can violate a variety of state building, sanitation, and electricity codes leading to expensive fines.
Waiting for a hoard to reach hazardous levels is typically too late to save a property from needing extreme (and costly!) renovation. Take the necessary precautions to remain as proactive as possible.
There are jobs that you simply aren’t prepared to do. Whether you’re short on time, lacking the right equipment, or unsure of the correct techniques, cleanup can be a burdensome task.
When you need professional help you can trust, the DRS team of certified technicians save you from your cleanup calamity. Commercial or residential – large or small, DRS is available to provide a swift and thorough cleanup so you can get back to business and your daily routine.
Even in the most difficult cases, such as mandatory clean-outs ordered by your local officials, our experience with this complex disorder enables us to make progress while giving you respectful support. We work through your belongings, categorizing items for donation or recycling where possible and minimizing waste.
If you or someone you care about needs help with hoarding, we are here to help you get back to a clutter-free living environment.
Call DRS today at 877-280-7961 to get immediate cleanup services from our team of experienced disaster restoration specialists.