Compulsive Hoarding

Help For Those Clearing Out A Hoarder’s House

Experienced and discrete decluttering and hoarded house clearance specialists carrying out the removal and disposal of accumulated possessions, rubbish and clutter from the home of a hoarder whether deceased or still occupying a property in the most sensitive and private manner.

After many years of providing help for hoarder’s Avery Associates are specialists and the most experienced company in the UK when dealing with the clearance of properties, including gardens and outside areas which have become unusually full of hoarders collections and clutter, to the point that significant additional resources are required to clear and clean-out the property. This often arises as a result of compulsive hoarding, which may be a manifestation of obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD.

The UK’s Leading Compulsive Hoarding Clearance Specialists

If you have the task of clearing out a hoarders house and cleaning if the sufferer is still alive and living in the property, or sadly they may be deceased, in either case we are able to help. As team leader and company owner Jeffrey Avery is now one of the countries leading authorities in all matters relating to compulsive hoarding or hoarder clear out.

Jeffrey Avery and Theresa Rickard are de-cluttering specialists and together Jeffrey and Teresa have worked all over the country and carried out countless hoarded house clearances in London, Surrey and the home counties for affected individuals, local authorities, private clients and law firms in many extreme and diverse cases of hoarding. We are the only company in the country that are able to offer hands on service, delivered with understanding, care for the sufferer, advice and support and above all total client discretion.

Extreme Hoarding Photo

Extreme Hoarding Photo

Will And Document Finding

Avery Associates are also experts at finding important items hidden amongst the mass of hoarded household contents such as wills, personal papers and financial documents that could be crucial to solicitors and surviving family who are winding up a probate estate. We regularly find financial papers relating to banking affairs, shares, investments the last will and testament and other valuable items that the beneficiaries were unaware of.

Special Financial Arrangements For Executors Awaiting Funds

Further to this we are able to assist with deferred payment if the estate is not in a position to settle accounts until probate has been granted or perhaps waiting for funds from the sale of a probate property. We understand how financially difficult it may be for executors using personal funds during the probate process so we try to be as accommodating and flexible as possible.

This bespoke and considerate service has made us one of the most popular choices with firms of probate solicitors, executors and members of the public all over the UK.

Jeffrey Avery is available seven days a week to offer confidential help and advice in matters relating to compulsive hoarding and probate valuation and can be reached directly by mobile phone on 07967 646499 24 hours or at our head office on 0208 640 0044 so feel free to call anytime.

Common problems that arise when clearing a hoarded house include:

  • The sheer weight of possessions may cause a fire hazard, structural damage to floorboards and electrical and water services, creating trip and other hazards.
  • Hazardous and toxic materials may be present, which, when originally stored, were legal, but now require special handling. (eg Asbestos).
  • Often items of value are hidden among what appears to be rubbish. These require careful sorting and handling so that they can be handed back to the owner.
  • Animal hoarding – In cases where pets were present in large numbers, there may be additional health hazards present which require special treatment.

The following video presented by Jeffrey Avery gives you an insight into what’s involved with hoarding and house clearance and one of the many cases he has dealt with.

We have all the necessary facilities to deal with such cases, and, just as in a normal clearance, we will make every effort to re-use and recycle all items recovered, in order to ensure that as little as possible is disposed of in authorized local authority waste disposal facilities.

We are always available to clear a hoarded house, loft, garage or other parts of the premises. (For example, where you want to make use of a garage to house a vehicle, which has become full of old furniture and other accumulated possessions.) Within a few hours, any hoarded area will be clean and tidy, and available for use. We can clear a hoarded property, (or part of a property) within hours.

In all cases of hoarding, whether compulsive, or due to ill health, we will always guarantee our clients confidentiality. We are able to provide accurate video footage and digital photos of household possessions and valuables to safeguard loss as a consequence of negligence or theft, especially in cases of Alzheimers disease or Dementia where relatives may be located many miles from the property or overseas.

All our staff are CRB checked and required to sign confidentiality clauses as a condition of employment, and no details of the clearance will ever be disclosed to any third party without the permission of the client.

In the past year we have carried out more than 40 instances of hoarded property clearance, including:

  • A house where the owner had over 30 animals, who were never allowed out, and where parts of the property had become heavily contaminated. In this case our specially trained team cleared and cleaned the premises, thereby restoring it to its original condition. In this case we also arranged for our carpenter to replace some of the floorboards which had rotted away.
  • A third floor flat with over a ton of books, CDs and long play records. Hidden behind some of the books, which made two of the rooms in the flat inaccessible, we located important financial documents and a will, which were returned to the relatives of the owner.
  • We cleared a garage, with 60 bags of cement, which had hardened as a result of damp, among other items, such as wood, etc. Parts of the floor had cracked, as a result of moisture and cold, and we arranged for the roof and floor to be repaired, so that the building was left clean, clear and completely serviceable.

In respect to hoarding we have dealt with many scenarios and adverse conditions and are able to deal with any situation.

For free advice and information on clearing a hoarded house, or on de-cluttering, contact Jeffrey Avery directly on 0208 640 0044.

More information on the causes of compulsive hoarding

Compulsive hoarding may be characterized as the obsessive collection of goods, to the point where this has a detrimental effect on a persons life. Although most of us acquire possessions, or have a collecting hobby, we do not do so to the point where our accumulated goods have a detrimental effect on our everyday lives.

There is no precise definition of compulsive hoarding, but symptoms may include:

  • Acquiring and failing to discard of large quantities of possessions, most of which have little or no value.
  • Living space so cluttered that normal life becomes difficult.
  • Distress or impairment of normal functioning as a result of the hoarding.
  • Reluctance or inability to return borrowed items.

Hoarders may believe mistakenly that items are, or may in the future become extremely valuable, or may be overwhelmed by the amount of possessions that have built up over the years. An example might be the retaining of a particular type of toy, or the failure to remove out of date food from a fridge.

Hoarding may or may not be related to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Several traits are common to hoarders, but it does not seem to involve the same neurological mechanisms. The condition may also be related to ICD, or Impulse Control Disorder.

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