Have You Ever Purchased a Hoarder House?



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

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

The above photo is from one of the hoarder homes we bought. Hundreds (thousands?) of dolls. They were in EVERY room on both floors with only 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’re forced out – this girl was transferred into a retirement community by her children. Sometimes I guess they are just done? We’ve had multiple houses where it resembles the sellers have 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 suitcase and left? I guess when you’re done, you are done.

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

One house we purchased had 62 tires inside. What?!

I have tried lots of things 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 house with a variety of larger items left. Lots of old, worn furniture but certainly still usable. I put photos on Craigslist and said,”FREE. I left the house open and went back by after 1pm. It was fabulous.

Naturally, we also have spent $thousands at the dump emptying houses. We ask sellers what they intend to leave (and hope they are 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 gorgeous piano. One 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 sold it for tens of thousands. Why didn’t the owner sell it rather than leaving it for us? My Explanation, who knows? – I gave up believing for the sellers years ago.

So many stories and so much fun.

What hoarder homes have you become? What fabulous finds have you gotten with purchase?



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