Hoarder Estate Sales

We Liquidate Hoarder Estates

What is a hoarder?  A hoarder is someone that accumulates items, supplies, money, food, or the like in a guarded place, such as a home, for preservation, future use, just in case, etc.  Believe it or not, most estate sale companies come across this type of situation every once in awhile.  Our personal experience conducting estate sales find this happening more and more these days.

Some people use the term “hoarder” very loosely, but what we are finding in our society is that it is more common in older people’s homes.  Why?  Well, many of these people have lived through the Great Depression or were young children at the time.  They are “savers”.  Many people that become hoarders are lonely, living alone with little assistance, and believe that their “things” are the most important things in their lives.  Often times, the family lives out of state and simply did not know that this was going on. These people are “attached” to their things and cannot let go of them.  In their minds they simply cannot live without their things.

Las Vegas Hoarder Estate

We have facilitated several estate sales in true hoarder houses. One example, that comes to mind, is when we first arrived to view the home of a collectible hoarder, the pathway to get to the opposite end of the home was difficult to maneuver.  The collections of plants, collectibles, cleaning supplies, kitchen items, clothing, shoes, and purses was a bit overwhelming for someone seeing this for the first time. The walls were covered from top to bottom with collectible plates and pictures.  Living plants covered nearly 12 feet of dining room space. It was impossible to even sit comfortably in the dining room to eat. The good news was, that we had seen it before, and we knew exactly how to proceed.  The house actually looked like an overstocked store, to say the least.

Hoarder Estate Sale

Our sales are neatly organized and everything in the home is priced, so we started pricing the collectibles first and matched the collectible boxes to the items.  Oh, yes, the client had kept the boxes for most of the collectibles!  The boxes were stacked in the garage cabinets and it was quite difficult to even get to the cupboards and it was an undertaking just to match them up.  Speaking of the garage, some of the cleaning supplies had been in the garage so long that the plastic containers leaked due to the heat and cold in the garage.  Cleaning products stuck to the cement floor of the garage.  We joked that we had enough cleaning items to supply the entire neighborhood for a year at least.  The garage was so full that the boxes and boxes had to be cleared before we could do anything at all.

Clothing Hoarder in Las Vegas

We actually found hundreds of new clothing items such as t-shirts that still had price tickets on them.  So much in fact, that we could have had a full estate sale just with clothing.  Boxes and boxes of new or hardly warn shoes…yes, we said in the boxes!  This house had so many different cooking and baking dishes, pans, utensils, dishes, tools and holiday items it was extremely difficult to set this sale up.  We actually had to use the entire garage and backyard to just make room for people to walk through the home. We brought in several upright racks with wheels to display items.  There was little room for tables.

Hender Estate Sale Hoarder

This is what we specialize in.  Whether the home is a “hoarder” house or whether it is neatly organized throughout, we always find ways to set it up to make it look like a store.  Our experience tells us if the house is set up in a clean, neat, and organized way, the sale will be successful.  Look for a company that actually works to set up the house the correct way.  Look for a company that takes the time to research, organize, and limit the liability for the homeowner or estate by making the home safe for people to walk through.  Look for a company that spends TIME doing all of this.  Ask for pictures of their past sales.  Look at the pictures and determine whether you see prices displayed and the items organized on racks, tables, and counters. Do not pick a company advertising that they can conduct your sale in only a few days.  There is no way that a STORE can be set up in three days.  Understand, your home or your family member’s home with thousands of items in it, MUST, be set up so that people will not get injured walking throughout the home. 

Disney Hoarder Estate

It is important to ask questions about how the home will be set up with thousands of items in it.  How are the smaller items going to be secured?  How many people do you have working at a hoarder’s home?  How many people will be allowed into the home at one time?  How do you price the items and how long will it take you to price everything…or do you price only some things?  You want a company that is going to price everything PRIOR to the sale day.  Many companies skip this important step and do not want to put the labor into all the research and pricing.  Get in writing that the company is going to research and price accordingly. Make sure that your items will be priced, no matter, how many items are in the home.  One of example of this, “There is no price on the kitchen bowl”.  Answer, “Um, well it weighs this much…so I guess I will say $5.00”.  WHAT???  We have actually heard that answer at a sale that we went to.  That company is skipping steps.  That company is not getting the best price for that item.

RESEARCH, RESEARCH…it takes time to get the job done.  Do not skip this step, especially for a HOARDER HOUSE.