What’s inside anyone’s apartment or home? If an individual lives alone, whether in a rural farmhouse or in a high rise building, their home can be anywhere from spotless to a reflection of every day of the life they’ve lived there. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the percentage of Americans living alone has increased over the past 40 years. More than 31 million people live by themselves; that represents 28% of all households in the country.
A lifetime of accumulated possessions in a home doesn’t make someone a hoarder. Being unable to part with keepsakes or physically unfit to clean up or carry out items may be factors in having crowded rooms. Hoarding itself is an obsession that makes individuals collect and save almost anything. In either case, when the person passes away or moves out, the clean up is something that need not be left to family members, friends, or a landlord. ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning Services by Skip is ready to help with hoarder clean up or with packing up and carrying out accumulated items—whether valued possessions or debris—in DeKalb County and surrounding communities.
A recent cover feature in the New York Times told the backstory of an individual who lived alone for years and passed away in his apartment. The photos of the residence look similar to some of the locations we encounter and are trained to clean. We will work with family members or building owners to determine which items will be saved, to be either distributed as part of the estate, sold, or recycled. Then we will pack out the debris and thoroughly clean the premises. In the Times story, the gentleman passed away at home and was not discovered for several days. Unfortunately, that is not an unusual situation these days. We have the experience and training to clean up and eliminate organic material and odors from any room or building.
In all cases, we proceed in the most professional manner with respect for the deceased and the family. These situations are difficult enough without having to worry about dealing with such a complicated clean up. Don’t hesitate to contact ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning Services by Skip if faced with a major clean up situation in DeKalb, Sycamore, St. Peter, or other communities in DeKalb County.