Serving Greater Penobscot and Hancock Counties Since 1976
Selected Services in Washington, Piscataquis, Somerset and Waldo Counties
Hoarding cleanup Maine: Facts, Tips, & Musts
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, hoarding is defined as the "persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions." There are some more common items such as newspapers or magazines, household supplies, food, etc., but a hoarder can have trouble getting rid of any items. The value of the items is irrelevant in these situations. Statistics show that anywhere between 6 and 15 million people in the US are hoarders.
Hoarding is a debilitating issue emotionally, physically and mentally. As a cleaning and restoration company it is our job to go in to these situations with compassion and without judgement. Our clients and their family members need for us to go in and get the job done as quickly as possible, but at the same time with understanding of how this is going to affect our customer. These situations can cause a great deal of anxiety for the hoarder. Below you will see a video of a hoarding cleaning that we did.
To find success, create a roadmap of the project and go over it with your client. Every job is a custom job—no two will ever be alike. And until the client is ready, you will do more harm than good by trying to force them to clean up.
Step 1: Assess the home
Step 2: Send a detailed estimate
Step 3: Order supplies that we be needed to complete the job (dumpsters, cleaning products, bins, etc.)
Step 4: Have a plan of action before going to the clients house. This will help get the job done in the most efficient way.
Step 5: Start working (toss/sort)
Step 6: Heavy cleaning
Use stringent interview process
Candidates should be:
Dangers – GEAR UP!!
Structure of home may not be sound
Ammonia levels (cat urine)
Penobscot Cleaning offers professional cleaning services for hoarding cleanup within Maine. If you have any questions please call us and speak to one of our associates or schedule an appointment online today.
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