When I first saw the TV series’Hoarders’, I wondered how they found each of those homes.
After buying homes for years, I realize that hoarder homes are everywhere. Shocking!
The above photo is from one of the hoarder homes we bought. 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 home alone. Chucky?
But so many people have homes 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 resembles the sellers have gone out to run an errand – all of their furniture and clothing still there – dresser, kitchen and bath cabinets full – closets full – fridge full – private items still left lying around. Maybe they just packed a bag and left? I guess when you are done, you are done.
How can you, the purchaser, get rid of all of the stuff? That can wind up being a massive expense.
1 house we bought had 62 tires indoors. What?!
I have tried lots of stuff to avoid hauling it all to the dump (think cost ). I have tried”moving” sales, selling to sellers 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 bigger items left. Tons of old, worn furniture but surely still usable. I put pictures on the site Craigslist and said,”FREE. I left the house open and moved back by after 1pm.
Naturally, we also have spent $thousands in the ditch draining homes. We ask sellers what they intend to leave (and hope they are honest) then lower our offer by approximate costs to wash the house.
We have also kept some amazing finds left behind – I have a wonderful and gorgeous piano. 1 seller texted after move-out 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 offered it for tens of thousands. Why didn’t the owner sell it rather than leaving it for us? Who knows – I gave up believing for the sellers years back.
What hoarder homes have you become? What fabulous finds have you gotten with buy?