You Inherited A Hoarder House! What’s next?
Hoarding has become a really serious issue in the United States over the course of the last few decades. In fact it’s so common that there are actually reality TV shows about hoarders! Some mental health experts even classify hoarding as an actual disease or mental disorder. Most hoarders grow emotionally attached to “things” and are simply afraid to let go of these material objects. Now it’s one thing to watch this on TV but it hits a lot closer to home when you become personally affected by someone you know who is a hoarder. You are most likely reading this article because you may have recently inherited a hoarder house in Detroit and aren’t quite sure how to handle the situation yet. The topic of inheriting a house is a subject within itself but when it involves getting left with a giant mess to deal with it becomes very stressful and complicated. We will go over some simple steps you can take to solve the problem and move on.
What Are My Options And Who Can Help Me?
If you’ve considered listing the house with an agent keep in mind that you will probably need to clear out the house before anyone would ever agree to list it. You could cleanout the house yourself or maybe even hire a property cleanout service. The choice is yours but either way it will cost you your time and money. If you cleanout the property yourself you will still need to arrange for junk removal. This may involve needing a truck and or renting a rollaway dumpster. If you are local then you do have an advantage but it’s still a major time consuming project. If you live far away then this project is going to be very expensive. Consider things like travel arrangements and expenses associated with preparing to sell the house. It’s highly unrealistic to think that you can come into town and clean up everything and sell the house in a short period of time. It simply doesn’t work like that in the real world!
So what other options do you have? Well you could sell the house yourself “as-is” but that will also require some work as well. If you’re up for that then you could list the house on Zillow as a “for sale by owner” or post it on Craigslist. Those strategies work sometimes but be prepared for that process to take a long time. Another option would be to contact a local Detroit real estate wholesaler or investor who has the resources to buy the property quickly for cash. This option will save you lots of time, money and energy. If you inherited a hoarder house in Detroit Michigan and are ready to sell now simply fill out the short form at the bottom of this page.