If a hoarder has a tough time letting go of small personal items, how much do you think they will struggle to let go of their home? Helping a Houston hoarder with their situation is not an easy task, especially when they need to sell their house fast. Hoarding is a serious disorder that is only getting worse in the U.S. According to the American Psychological Association 2.5% of the population meets the diagnostic criteria for a hoarding disorder.
Helping a Houston hoarder sell their house
Having found this blog article it is probably safe to say you are tasked with helping a hoarder sell their Houston house. There is no doubt that this will be a daunting task for you even if the relative or friend you’re helping seems to be on board with the plan at the moment. People with a hoarding disorder do not necessarily feel stressed about their cluttered homes, they feel stressed when they are faced with the thought of getting rid of their belongings. Here are four steps you can take to start the process of selling a Houston hoarder house.
- Understand and accept that the friend or relative you are helping sell their Houston house has a mental disorder. This will help you in times when you begin to feel overly frustrated with the situation. You showing frustration during the process to help sell will only add tension and friction to an already difficult task.
- Have a serious talk with the person hoarding about what needs to be done. This conversation will make them feel stressed with just the thought of parting with some personal belongings. Try to be as calm and understanding as possible during this. Showing empathy while trying to help can be a great way to bring on some cooperation.
- Make a plan with the person hoarding. Discuss and classify why and what item swill be kept, discarded, or sold. Classifying the items will be key when you are sorting them. They will likely find a reason to “need” to keep most items but classifying them from the start will help your cause.
- Start the cleanup. Depending on the level of clutter you might need a temporary roll-off dumpster. Remember this will be a slow process that you can easily grow impatient with. The key is to keep the hoarder’s stress levels low so you can properly help them sell their house.
When trying to sell a Houston hoarder house, you will run across a lot of recyclable items. Find out what you can and can’t recycle in Houston by going to GreenCycle.
Who buys hoarder houses in Houston?
If your goal from the start of the cleanup is to sell the Houston house then it is only necessary to sort and remove whatever items the homeowner will be keeping. Good Neighbor Home Buyers buys hoarder houses in any condition we do not need you to clean them up after you have removed the necessary personal items, we take care of that for you. We buy houses in cash so there is no need for a bank to go inspect or appraise the property before buying. We also cover ALL of your closing costs so you do not have any out of pocket expenses to sell the Houston house. Contact a licensed Good Neighbor agent today and we will give you a fair cash offer in 24 hours or less for your house with zero obligation to sell.