Could You Purchase A Hoarder House?

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When I first saw the TV series’Hoarders’, I wondered how they found each of those houses.

After buying houses for years, I realize that hoarder houses are everywhere. Shocking!

The above photo is from one of the hoarder houses we purchased. of dolls. They were in EVERY room on both floors with just a path to walk through. And boxes. And all the accessories. I never walked through that house alone. Chucky?

But so many people have houses stuffed with things. Sometimes they are forced out – this girl was transferred into a retirement community with her kids. Sometimes I guess they are just done? We’ve had multiple homes where it looks like the sellers have just gone out to run an errand – all their furniture and clothing still there – dresser, kitchen and bathroom cabinets full – closets full – refrigerator full – personal items still left lying around. Maybe they just packed a bag and left? I guess when you’re done, you’re done.

How do you, the buyer, get rid of all the stuff? That can end up being a huge expense.

1 house we bought had 62 tires inside. What?!

I’ve tried lots of stuff to avoid hauling it all to the dump (think cost ). I’ve tried”moving” sales, selling to vendors at flea markets (“for just $X amount you can have everything”), salvation army, any donation pick-up resources, Craigslist.

1 time, I had a home with a variety of larger items left. Tons of old, worn furniture but certainly still usable. I put photos on Craigslist a very helpful site and said,”FREE. House open from 12 noon to 12:30pm. Come with a truck.” I left the house open and moved back by after 1pm. Nothing left but crumbs.

Naturally, we have also spent $thousands at the dump draining homes. We ask sellers what they intend to leave (and hope they’re honest) then reduce our offer by approximate costs to clean out the house.

Real estate investing is interesting on so many levels. We have also kept some amazing finds left behind – I have a wonderful and beautiful piano. One seller texted after move-out that he’d left his bike in the garage along with the signed name on the kitchen counter. After my husband had some fun on it… we sold it for tens of thousands. Again, shocking. Why didn’t the owner sell it rather than leaving it for us? Who knows – I gave up believing for the sellers years ago.

What hoarder houses have you become? What fabulous finds have you gotten with buy?

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