Hoarding is a unique type of mental disorder because the behaviors of those affected can create dangerous conditions in the home that threaten their health and safety. People who are affected by hoarding are often dealing with anxiety or depression that makes them uncomfortable with throwing anything they have collected away. Over time, the home becomes more cluttered with piles of objects that make it difficult to move around the home, increase the risk of fires, and allow for the growth of dangerous substances like mold or bacteria. At ServiceMaster Restoration by Complete, we provide complete hoarding cleaning services in Newark, NJ and the surrounding areas of Essex County. Our technicians are trained and equipped to handle large scale hoarding cleaning, and we also take a sensitive approach and include the hoarder in the process.
Hoarding behaviors are often triggered by anxiety or depression, and those affected keep all of their items believing that they have some value. Some people who hoard do not view it as a problem while those who do may be too embarrassed to reach out for help. If you have a friend or family member who hoards, you must approach them with a sense of compassion and respect. It is important to help them understand the dangerous conditions they are creating in their home and that they need to do something for their own safety. Only when the individual agrees to clean out their home should you take any steps forward.
ServiceMaster Restoration by Complete has dealt with many cases of hoarding and we are prepared to help hoarders with our process which involves effective cleaning and building a personal relationship with the affected individual. Our hoarding cleaning services consist of these basic steps:
- Removal of unwanted hoarded items
- Saving of valuables including money, jewelry, and others
- Disposal or recycling of unwanted hoarded items
- Delivery of hoarded items for donation to charitable organizations and friends or family members
- Help with necessary paperwork from trusts, attorneys, and government agencies
3 Phase Hoarding Cleaning Approach
It is important to remember that hoarding is a mental disorder and the individual affected must be included and in control of the process. That is why our technicians work to build a personal relationship with the affected individual before the cleaning begins. We divide our hoarding cleaning process into the following three phases:
Phase 1: Building a Personal Connection
- We do our best to evaluate the extent of the problem without entering the home.
- We have a conversation with the individual and their family about the condition of the home and what can be done to improve it. We may also suggest counseling which can be a major benefit.
- Once the affected individual agrees to proceed, we will move forward and create a cleaning plan.
Phase 2: Forming a Cleaning Plan
- We create a complete cleaning plan with the help of the individual and their family.
- After unwanted items are removed, we will clean the home and reorganize what is left.
- The individual will decide what to do with each hoarded item and we will help dispose of, recycle, or donate the unwanted items.
Phase 3: Follow Up
- After the cleaning, we create a follow up plan to help the individual maintain their home.
- We will do a follow up phone call with the individual to check their progress. If the home has become cluttered again, we will return for further cleaning.
The effects of hoarding can lead to dangerous living conditions for the affected individual and their family which is why it is important to reach out to someone you know who has issues with hoarding. The technicians of ServiceMaster Restoration by Complete are ready to help those affected by hoarding in Newark, NJ and the surrounding areas with our complete hoarding cleaning services. Give us a call at (732) 840-3570 for more information about our hoarding cleaning services.
We serve Newark, West Orange, Bloomfield, Montclair, East Orange, Bellville, Irvington, Livingston, North and West Caldwell, Nutley, and Northfield in Essex County New Jersey.