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Problems with Selling a Hoarder House the Traditional Way

Selling hoarders house

Selling your home on the market can pose quite a challenge. If you’re selling a hoarder house this challenge becomes even greater and sometimes near impossible. Realtors and home buyers look at comparable houses that have sold on the market to determine the value of the home they are looking to buy. Homes on the market tend to be either re-faced and spotless, updated, or entirely renovated, all with professional photos that accent the most desirable features of the house. This poses a problem for hoarder houses as it is almost impossible to find comparable properties that have sold on the market which results in a decreased valuation of the property. Unfortunately, this is not the only roadblock when it comes to selling a hoarder house. In this article we explore some major stumbling blocks when it comes to selling a hoarder house on the market. DISCLAIMER – Do not be discouraged, there are still solutions for you, and we provide you with an easy, hassle free solution to sell your hoarder house at the end of this article.

Interior Condition of the Property

Given the growth of technology, the majority of buyers begin their search for a new home on the internet. That means that professional photos that show-off the features of your home are key to attracting buyers. Individuals who deal with Hoarding Disorders (HD) are unable to have professional photos taken because of how cluttered their home is. If you opt to sell your house on the market AS-IS, your photos will either be full of clutter or they will only be of the exterior. Neither of these options will help you sell your home fast or get the full value out of your property.

Open Houses and Showings

Open Houses and showings are an inconvenience to any home seller but the situation is unique for any individual with HD. The first reason for this is safety. Open houses and showings mean that prospective buyers (and their families) will be going through your home. Houses that are full of clutter, especially clutter that covers the ground, pose a potential hazard as numerous people will be walking through the house; a hazard for which the homeowner will be held liable. The second implication of open houses and showings in a hoarder house is that people will be focused on the clutter rather than the property itself which will detract from the value of your property.


Many people are not used to the conditions that those with HD live in and may be shocked by the condition of the property. The unfortunate result of this is that it is likely that there will be some unkind and hurtful comments regarding the living condition. Home buyers are used to properties that have been staged to sell and so a hoarder’s house provides a stark contrast to this in their mind.


Selling a home is a time-consuming process, selling a hoarder house is a whole different ballgame. To prepare the house for sale, the individual who lives in the home must clear out all the hoarded goods. Following this, the property must go through a thorough cleaning and then finally it must be staged, photographed and listed on the market. Often people who live with HD do not want to spend the time, money, and energy clearing their house of the clutter they have collected over the years. As well, some individuals with HD may be unable to get rid of the clutter themselves.

So, what do I do with my Hoarder House?

If you do not want to deal with the above issues when it comes to selling a hoarder house, then selling your house to a real estate investor is probably the best option for you. It is the most logical and stress-free method to be on your way to that fresh start you have always wanted. The process is easy; it starts with a phone call and a single visit from the investor without any realtors or private buyers. After seeing the property, the investor will make a cash offer on your house; meaning the money they offer is what you walk away with on the day of closing. The only risk involved in this scenario is selling to an unethical investor. Any investors that have financing or home inspections conditions in their offers should immediately raise a red flag. These conditions can allow the investor to back out at the last minute and leave you with an even tighter timeline. If you want to gain back your freedom, start fresh and do so quickly, call True North House Buyers today and sell your home to someone who can afford to buy it. We are only a phone call away to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have.

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