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The Dangers of Hoarding

Hoarding not only causes people to live a lower quality of life and has a negative impact on mental health, but it can also actually affect your physical safety. Hoarding is an issue that requires time, concentration, and a professional junk removal service to solve. Once a person puts the time & effort into eliminating the clutter, they can go on to live their best life in a healthy home.

Mold & Infestations

One of the main issues with hoarding is the sanitary element. If floors and surfaces are piled with various junk, it is not possible that they are being sterilized properly, and you never know what you might have accidentally left lying around that is not aging well. The possibility for mold & insect or rodent infestations is very high in hoarding situations. Along with arranging a junk removal service for your cleanout, you may want to have an exterminator in mind as well.

Getting Crushed or Trapped

Hoarding often means that items are piled as high as the ceiling in some places of the home. Even something that seems minor, like a stack of papers, can be hazardous if it falls on a person. These piles can even end up blocking air vents and effecting ventilation, and also raise at which a fire can spread.

Fires

If a house trapped by hoarding catches on fire, the danger level is even higher than average. As previously mentioned, you can easily be trapped among the clutter with no way of escaping. Along with putting the residents at risk, this puts emergency responders at an even higher risk.

Ventilation Issues

If clutter inadvertently blocks an air vent, this can be lethal without you even knowing. Air vents are in place to ensure proper ventilation of the gases we should and should not be breathing in. If they are not able to work properly, you could end up breathing in toxic fumes such as carbon dioxide.

Will You Need a Junk Removal Service?

In almost all cases of hoarding, the help of a junk removal service is necessary to dispose of the junk accumulated. You might consider renting a dumpster or just hiring a removal service to come and remove the items. Elite Services & Demolition is happy to help you or your family members out of the hoarding trap and into a healthier home. Call today and we can talk about your needs! 978-317-5388

Get The Facts About Compulsive Hoarding Behavior

Over the course of a lifetime, it is natural to collect a variety of trinkets, keepsakes, and odds and ends that start to fill up your home. Many items we keep contain memories, sentimental value, or and can even become collector’s items with historical value. However, collecting too many things to the point of absolute clutter in a space may be a sign of compulsive hoarding behavior. Here are the facts that you should be aware if you suspect that you or someone in your life suffers from compulsive hoarding behavior.

Compulsive hoarding must include each of the three following conditions:

  • An individual retains many items, including items that appear to be useless or of little value to most people
  • The items kept create significant clutter in living spaces to the point where the individual cannot use their living spaces in a reasonable way
  • The items kept cause distress or issues in day-to-day activities

It is important to note that hoarding is different from collecting because in hoarding, individuals typically do not display their items proudly in an organized fashion, but instead collects the items in a disorderly way that creates significant clutter in living spaces.

Symptoms of compulsive hoarding behavior include:

  • Signficant difficulty in disposing of items
  • A pronounced amount of clutter in the office, home, car, or other spaces that impedes the ability to use furniture, appliances, or regular walkways
  • Losing important items in the clutter
  • Feeling overwhelmed by the volume of items that have “taken over” living spaces
  • Difficulty resisting acceptance of “free” items, even if the items are clearly useless or excessive
  • Buying unneeded items because they are a good deal or to stock up
  • Avoiding friends and family due to embarrassment about living space

Here are recommended guidelines that can help someone with compulsive hoarding behavior:

  • Have respect for the individual’s right to make their own decisions about their items at their own pace.
  • Try to sympathize with the individual and understand the importance of his or her items to him or herself as you develop a plan together to reduce the clutter.
  • Encourage the individual to come up with ideas to make their home into a safer and more ideal living environment.
  • Team up with the individual to offer collaborative solutions to motivate the individual to discard or organize.
  • Help the individual recognize that hoarding interferes with their goals or values in life.
  • Maintain trust by always asking before eliminating an item.

For helping recovering hoarders who are ready to de-clutter to improve their living situation, contact Elite Services Junk Removal for a free estimate today.

Tips to Clean Out and Organize Your Garage

With winter fast approaching, now might be the perfect time to try and declutter the garage, and get rid of anything you don’t use. To get as much done as possible, be sure to clean out and throw away items before you start your organization. To ensure a cleaner garage, be sure to follow the steps below.

  • Ask yourself when was the last time you used it? If the answer is more than a year ago, throw it out.
  • For any items that you believe you can get some value for, consider a garage sale or posting your items online to sell. It doesn’t hurt to see who might be interested in what you no longer have any use for, and any extra cash flow is always beneficial.
  • Make three piles of donation, trash, and what you are keeping.
  • Be sure to have a structured system including shelving, if it doesn’t already exist. This is a real space saver as you can put things on the wall instead of overstuffing your drawers.
  • Having bins where more items can be stored will help declutter and to become more organized. Introduce a color-coded system to make certain items easier to find, such as: tools, Christmas ornaments, etc. Make sure to clearly label the container.
  • Review your items to make sure you are not getting rid of anything you may need, and vice versa.
  • Once you have established all your categories, and you know what you no longer need, contact us to finalize your clean up!

We offer a variety of services such as furniture removal,  yard clean-up, and appliance removal, and would love to help make your life hoard-free.

For more information about how Elite Services can help you out, feel free to fill out our online contact form or give us a call at 978-317-5388.

Bedroom Furniture Removal

bedroom removalYou’ve lived in the same bedroom for over 20 years, with the same bed, mattress, night stand, dresser and shelves. It is time for an upgrade. The spring time is often a popular time of the year were people start getting ride of those winter blues. Winter tends to keep people inside & stuck on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate. With spring projects starting to pop up, bedrooms are an area where upgrades are often open. You sleep and spend so much of your life in your room, shouldn’t it be a special place?

After your new furniture has come in, your old stuff has to go. Elite Services specializes in the removal of all bedroom type furniture. We create a quick process for where we can come in and take anything you wish. No more heavy lifting and injured backs on your end. You can also know that after removal we recycle everything that we can.

If your upgrading your bedroom and need old furniture removal, call the specialists at Elite Services at 978-317-5388.

Couch & Sofa Removal

Almost every family in the country has come to that point where they finally realize there old couch just isn’t cutting it. Many people just suddenly realize maybe when visiting a family or friend that new couches are actually clean, extremely comfortable and look great. Unfortunately, you can’t just leave you big, honking old sofa on the side of the street for the town to take away for you.

Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition out of Swampscott has removed many couches over the years from homes. You can just give us a call and we will come in and take it away from you. There is no need to stress about your couch situation. Elite Service is located in Swampscott but does a share of work from Salem to Newburyport. Our furniture removal also doesn’t stop at couches, we can help with anything you need help getting rid of. For more information about our Junk Removal services, give us a call at 978-317-5388.