The High Price Of Hoarding

Its estimated that 2 to 3 percent of people have hoarding issues. The Institute of Challenging Disorganization has put together a hoarding scale in which seven different levels of hoarding are identified. One thing that hasn’t been covered is the cost of hoarding.

There comes a time when the house needs to be cleaned out. It could either be a downsizing situation, a death in the family, or another emergency that instigates change. Whatever the root cause, dehoarding a house is quite expensive. Lets take a look at some of the costs associated with cleaning out a house.

If the hoarder is working one on one with an organizer, it can take months or even a year. This includes evaluating each item and making decisions on them.

Another way to handle this is to have a team of organizers come in and work on the project. They will be given list of what to save and what to let go. They will sort out the recycle, trash, and donate. This can move the project forward at a quick pace but will cost money.

Lets look at cost:

  1. Professional organizers charge $50 to 85 per hour. On severe hoarder jobs, we usually have a crew of three or four people.
  2. Trash removal is another big expense. A dumpster can cost 300 to 5oo. A trash removal company will call 600 to 800 dollars per truckload load.

In the last year, I worked on a project with a crew of four people that turned out thirteen truckloads. Just recently I did part of a home with a crew of two that turned out four truckloads.

While this can be expensive, there is no other way around it. Dehoarding a full house produces a lot of stuff that needs to be trashed, recycled, donated or sold.


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