Have you recently inherited a house in LA that has become a hoard? Clearing all that stuff, sorting for heirlooms, and selling the house may seem like an impossible ordeal right now, but you have options. Inheriting a hoarder house is more common than you might realize and there are services to ensure you don’t have to face this problem alone. There are several approaches to sorting, cleaning, and selling a hoarder house depending on how much time you can or want to spend on the project.
Losing a loved one means you are facing bereavement on top of the property concerns. Chances are that you don’t want to deal with inheriting a house with a hoard right now. Recovering a hoarder house requires an incredible amount of time and energy. Facing the chaos creates a type of stress that can be hard to shake. For those who have recently lost a loved one, the emotional and physical toll can be just too much. This is especially true if you are selling a hoarder house when you live far away.
Don’t live in LA? Don’t have the energy to clean a hoarder-packed home right now? That’s okay you can still sell my house fast Los Angeles.
SELLING A HOARDER HOUSE
Selling a home that has been hoarded in can be difficult. Hoarders, by definition, stack up so much stuff that they can’t clean the floor or take care of maintenance. This means hoarder homes often have long-term undetected or never-repaired damage. Even once you get the rooms clear of the hoarder piles, there’s likely still thousands of dollars of repairs hidden underneath. Moldy carpets, cracked walls, and ground-in dirt are only the beginning. Hoarder homes also tend to be behind on roof, HVAC, and water heater replacement as these elements wear out over time.
This can make selling a hoarder house challenging, even once cleaned. Be prepared for a lot of repairs and touch-ups to get move-in-ready for the real estate market. Or you can sell it as-is to a buyer that doesn’t need it to be move-in-ready or to compete with other local homes on the market.
SELLING INHERITED HOMES FROM OUT OF STATE
The other challenge for inherited homes in LA is how often the new owner doesn’t live in LA. If you live far away or even just a few hours, you might just have no time to deal with the house. In this case, you may need to hire professionals or sell the house as-is to handle the process for you. Unfortunately, concierge real estate agents are less likely to take on a hoarder property.
YOUR OPTIONS FOR CLEARING OUT A HOARDER-PACKED HOUSE
- Sort It Yourself
- Hire Profesional Cleaners
- Hire a Dumpster and Work Crew
- Sell the Entire House As-Is
SORT IT YOURSELF
When facing a hoarder house, you have four practical options to get it clean. The first is to spend every weekend for the next few months wading through the piles and cleaning it yourself. Sorting out valuable items and disposing of rotted waste will both be part of your job. You will likely need help, as some jobs take two or more people to extract piles or furniture safely.
Be sure to go in with thorough safety gear. Wear gloves, cover your face to block fumes, and cover your hair to protect it. Wear long sleeves, jeans, and close-toed shoes. Hoarder piles can be dangerous or toxic.
PROFESSIONAL CLEANERS FOR A HOARDER HOUSE
Professional cleaners sometimes have to deal with hoarder homes. Selectively, some teams will know what to do. These cleaners will be inclined to throw out everything but furniture and the least damaged items. Their goal will ultimately be to get the walls and carpets clean with little professional training in dealing with hoarded personal items.
Remember, there’s only so much that cleaners can do. If the floor is rotted through, for example, there’s no getting it sparkling clean.
RENT A DUMPSTER
If you’ve watched the show Hoarders, a dumpster is often part of a full-scale cleanup project. If the inside of the house has become toxic, this may be your best option for getting it clean. If there is little to salvage and a lot to throw away, you may find yourself shoveling fused-together hoarder piles into a dumpster just to get the house clear.
SELLING THE HOUSE AS-IS
Selling As-Is means you don’t have to get your inherited LA house move-in ready. You don’t need clean floors and freshly painted walls. In fact, for some as-is buyers, you don’t even need to clear all the stuff. As-is buyers are home flippers, renovators, and large property companies that know how to rehab a property – even a hoarder house.
SELLING AN INHERITED HOARDER HOUSE TO REHAB BUYERS
A rehab buyer is a real estate company that specializes in damaged homes. All homes get shabby over time, and some see more wear than others. Eventually, homes become too damaged to quickly turn over to a new family. This is when they need rehab beyond what a normal homeowner (inherited or the original buyer) can handle. If you have a rehab property in poor condition, like an inherited hoarder house, and you’re not personally a home rehabber, it may be time to sell as-is to a pro rehab team.
Here at Seller’s Advantage we are proud rehab buyers, bringing shabby properties back into the fold as quality homes for local families. No matter what state the house is in to start with.
BUYING THE HOARD: EVERYTHING BUT YOUR HEIRLOOMS
Selling to an as-is buyer, you can take your time to extract any special possessions from the hoard. We know that inherited homes are still the homes of beloved relatives. Their personal items are still precious. You may remember special furniture, your loved one’s favorite jewelry, and family heirloom furniture embedded in the hoard. Take your time. Extract and/or put into storage everything of meaning to you before selling the house.
Other than your special selections, however, we will buy the whole house. Hoard and all. Let us worry about how to clear out and what to donate or trash.
SELLING THE HOUSE FROM A DISTANCE
Don’t live in LA? No problem. You don’t have to be present to receive a bid and close the sale. After one walk-through inspection, the Seller’s Advantage team can make you an offer and will buy the house in any condition even if you are not physically present. This could take one weekend of your time or no time at all if you can’t make it out.
SEVEN DAYS TO SELL AN INHERITED HOUSE
If you’re worried about the time it takes to sell, we understand. A vacant home can grow in cost and accumulate maintenance problems. The longer it takes to sell, the more trouble it becomes. That is why Sellers Advantage can offer and close within seven days. No more worrying or waiting for buyers, you can close the deal and the entire inherited house business.
To get a quote from Seller’s Advantage for your inherited LA house, fill out the contact us form or give us a call at 949-506-3973. Schedule a no-contact appraisal and inspection and we’ll make a fair offer for the property within days. If our service is what you need for an inherited and/or hoarder house to sell, contact us soon! We look forward to working with you and to rehabbing each local property.