How to Sell a Hoarder House and Avoid Hassle?


Hoarder houses are extremely difficult to sell on the market and for good reason. Hoarding is one of the most complex disorders that has long affected many homeowners. 

As a result, selling a hoarder’s house can be a difficult task, and it can take months before your house is ready to be on the market. The wait can be tedious if you want to sell it quickly to a house buyer. The house is not only challenging to sell, but it can also be difficult to make livable again.

However, when it comes to selling a hoarder house, sellers do have options. Read on to learn more.

Understand The Hoarder Phenomenon

Before you can sell your home, you must first understand the hoarder phenomenon. Hoarders are people who have an obsessive need to collect objects even if they don’t use or need them. This can cause major issues in their lives.

A hoarder’s home is frequently indicative of someone unable to organize their life or possessions. Their home will be overflowing with different items.

Imagine entire rooms, counters, stoves, sinks, and stairwells piled high with everything you’ve accumulated over the years.

If a hoarder cannot fit all of their belongings into their home, they may begin to disperse their possessions into other areas of the property, such as the garage, storage sheds, and yard.

People who suffer from hoarding tend to be unable to let go of possessions that have zero value.

Hoarding is a behavioral issue that may require treatment. Most hoarders are unaware that they have a problem. A whole house can be filled with junk and they will accept it as “normal.”

Is It Worth Selling a Hoarder’s House?

Whether you’re doing it for the first time or not, you’re probably aware that selling a hoarder’s home is a difficult task. If the house is not sold, it becomes a burden to make it livable again or it becomes a safety hazard to the hoarder.

“Is it worthwhile to sell a hoarder’s home?” The straightforward answer is yes. The trouble you might go through before finally selling the house for cash is worth it in comparison to what you will go through if you try to keep the hoarder’s house. This is especially true if the hoarder still resides in the home.

The longer the hoarder stays or the house is empty, the less valuable it becomes.  Therefore, find a buyer as soon as possible and sell the home before it depreciates further.

Preparing a Hoarder House For Sale

The first step in preparing a hoarder’s home for sale is to remove all of the junk. As you can probably tell, this will be a monumental task. For a job this large, it is best to hire a professional junk removal company.

Trying to get rid of endless amounts of garbage without professional help can be exhausting. Professional junk removal companies will remove almost anything from a hoarder’s home.

Once all of the garbage has been removed, you must assess the condition of the house. Remember that it might not be the best. Cosmetic or major repairs may be required to improve the living condition of the property. This will require additional time and money.

Selling a Hoarder’s House As-is

Fixing up a hoarder’s home is often not worth the hassle for a variety of reasons. Whether it’s because the house is in such poor condition that it’s simply not worth the time and money required to renovate, or because it may take too long to sell the house for a profit. Time is another issue for hoarders. Many hoarders simply lack the time to redecorate due to time constraints imposed by the government or other factors (such as debt).

If any of these apply to you, a house flipper or Real Estate Investor may be your best bet! They can buy your house as is, allowing you to sell it quickly while avoiding the stress of cleaning and repairing it. You can also avoid the hassle of public house viewings, which can be disastrous for both the sale of the house and the seller’s mental health. Instead, house flippers will inspect the property privately before making an offer to purchase it.

This means you won’t make as much money, but it’s a quick and easy way to sell your home!

Greg Bilbro

Greg Bilbro

Greg Bilbro is the CEO and co-founder of GeoFlip. After a decade of successfully flipping hundreds of distressed residential properties himself, Bilbro founded GeoFlip. His single focus is to deliver in-bound leads and build 7-figure results for REI's nationwide. His history of 20+ years as principal buyer, 10+ years generating leads and 2,600 Conversion Coaching hours makes him an authority in the lead gen space. Prior to entering the real estate space, Bilbro was a Series 7 and 63 securities and registered investment advisor with New York Life and NYLife Securities. Soon after being named “Rookie of the Year”, he was promoted to become the youngest Partner nationwide at New York Life at just 25 years old. Bilbro is a native of Texas and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of New Mexico. He currently hangs his hat in Scottsdale, Arizona with his sidekick Frenchie, “Bity.”