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New Artwork Shows Off Hoarding Collection

March 11th, 2012

The House Clearance London Company writes about a new artwork which is showing off a hoarding collection.

Hoarding is something which is often an intriguing topic for many people who have never encountered it before. That is why some of the TV programmes about the subject of compulsive hoarding have become so popular over recent months, because they allow people to get a real insight into the world of a hoarder which is often something they never get to see.

Now people in London have a new way to encounter hoarding, not via their TV screens but through a new art installation at the Barbican Centre.

The BBC recently reported on the new installation which has been created by Chinese artist Song Dong. He has taken the installation to a number of countries all over the world, but it is the first time that it has gone on display in the UK.

The installation is simply a display of all of the items that his mother collected during her life and never threw away. Although there is no mention of compulsive hoarding, it is hard to see how the empty toothpaste tubes, old pieces of wood and other items can be seen as anything else.

Song claims that his mother, Zhao Xiang, was particularly frugal because she saw her family’s wealth disappear in China over the years, and her thriftiness was a habit which she never lost.

He claims that he initially began work on the art display as a way to help his mother to deal with her grief following the death of his father.

The display, which he has called ‘Waste Not’, contains about 10,000 items in total, and it provides the public with a very different image of hoarding that is made a lot more personal than the experience of watching the TV programmes, which many people do not enjoy because they claim they are too invasive of the hoarders’ privacy.

The installation is likely to attract a lot of attention because of our natural fascination with compulsive hoarding, and it may even lead to a greater awareness of the condition.

House Fire in Hoarding Property Ends in Tragedy

March 8th, 2012

The House Clearance London Company writes about a house fire in a hoarded house ending in tragedy.

Compulsive hoarding can lead to many potential safety issues, but one of the worst of all is fire. Fires in hoarding houses can have tragic results, as was the case recently in Portland, Oregon, where a man in his 50s died in his home.

Firefighters were called to the scene of the house fire which they soon discovered belonged to a hoarder. There were a huge number of items crammed into the property in large piles, making the search of the property much more difficult.

They managed to find the occupant on his bed, but when they took him downstairs to get him out of the property a pile of items fell down on top of him and they had to clear the items to get him out.

Tragically, the man was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

This shows that it is not only the fact that it is harder to escape that can make hoarding properties more dangerous in a fire. The items themselves became a danger to the man and eventually played a role in his death.

Unfortunately this is a very real danger wherever hoarding occurs. Fires can spread a lot more quickly and become harder to put out when there are so many items in the property, and the situation can become a lot more dangerous as a result.

In addition, there is also a greater chance of fires taking hold in the first place, as appears to be the case here. It is thought that the fire began because some of the items were kept too near to the fire, causing a serious hazard.

The region’s firefighters are advising people to be aware of potential hoarding cases and to encourage the victims to seek help because it can be dangerous not only for them but for neighbours and other occupants of the buildings.

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Hoarder Body Discovered in Home

March 2nd, 2012

The House Clearance London Company writes about the discovery of the body of a hoarder in her home.

Compulsive hoarding is a secretive and mysterious condition which often goes on without anyone else knowing about it. This seems to have been the case with Margareta Scheibe, a 72-year-old woman from Worth, Illinois, whose body was recently discovered underneath piles of junk in her own home.

Although her son knew about her hoarding habit, local people and friends claimed that they had no idea she was a hoarder and that she displayed no outward signs of the condition. This is quite common with hoarding, and sufferers often come across as entirely normal because no one knows what is going on behind closed doors.

Following an autopsy it was confirmed that she died of heart disease, but her hoarding habit prevented her body from being discovered for longer than normal. In fact, police visited her home three times without finding a body, and it was only when they returned again that they found her.

It is not known exactly how long she had been dead, but neighbours said that they had not seen her for about a month.

Her son, Bill Scheibe, confirmed that she had been a hoarder for decades, and that he had not returned to live with her as a result of her habit. It is thought that her hoarding might stem from her post-war life in Germany.

Although it is not known whether the hoarding of items itself was to blame for her death, hoarding can certainly lead to serious health problems. Mould and vermin can become issues, and safety is also a serious concern because items can fall onto the occupants of the buildings.

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Hoarding Task Force Helps Hoarders in Durham

February 29th, 2012

The House Clearance London Company writes about a hoarding task force helping hoarders in Durham.

There have been many TV shows recently about the issue of compulsive hoarding, and as a result many more people have awareness of the condition and now realise just how debilitating it can be.

Now a task force has been set up in Durham, Ontario, to help to deal with cases of compulsive hoarding, as reported by DurhamRegion.

There have been more cases of compulsive hoarding reported over recent months and years in the region, perhaps because more people are becoming aware of the condition and are reporting it.

Friends of hoarders may now realise that their friends actually suffer from compulsive hoarding and want to get them the help they need because they are more aware of the problems it can cause.

The Durham Region Hoarding Task Force was set up by Whitby emergency services, with the main aim of preventing fires caused by hoarding.

Hoarding properties are at greater risk of house fires because sometimes unsuitable heating appliances are used and there is a greater amount of combustible material in the property.

Also, when firemen arrive to put out the blaze, they find that the fire spreads more rapidly and becomes hotter much quicker, and their access is often hampered by the amount of items, meaning they are often unable to put out the blaze as quickly.

The article reported that 130 cases of compulsive hoarding were discovered in Durham last year, posing a potential risk to rescue workers and the inhabitants of the properties.

The Task Force has been set up and includes the health department and the police as well as the fire department. The aim is that it can educate people about compulsive hoarding and get inspection orders written to encourage hoarders to manage their homes better.

The Task Force has many challenges awaiting it, but it is a step in the right direction because it increases awareness of the condition and can improve the response process for all the agencies.

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Hoarding House Fire in Surrey

February 28th, 2012

The House Clearance London Company writes about a house fire in Surrey caused by compulsive hoarding…….

Compulsive hoarding can lead to many problems when it comes to safety issues. Unhygienic conditions are one of the worst problems which can occur, and this can also lead to pests. But one of the most serious problems surrounding hoarding is the risk posed by fire.

A fire recently broke out in Surrey, USA, and when the emergency services arrived to deal with it they found that the blaze was more of a challenge than they had expected because the property was inhabited by a hoarder.

The fire took hold during the night, and all of the three floors in the property were filled with huge amounts of items which had been stacked up to the ceiling, which is typical of hoarding cases.

Because of this, the firemen had a much harder time putting out the fire, and even had to call in backup.

The amount of items contained within the property made it very difficult to tackle the blaze effectively, but in the end the firemen managed to put it out and the four occupants of the building escaped unharmed.

Now the fire is being investigated to find out how the blaze began and to see whether the hoarding had anything to do with it.

Firemen often complain that more needs to be done about compulsive hoarding to reduce the number of cases which they encounter. However, hoarding is a very complicated condition and is not something which can just be cured quickly.

If anyone simply clears out the belongings of a hoarder then they may cause them a huge amount of distress, and it will often fail to solve the problem as they will just start hoarding again.

The best thing to do if you discover a hoarding property is to alert the authorities so that the right steps can be taken to help the hoarder and reduce the risk posed.

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Animal Hoarder Suspect Wants Animals Back

February 27th, 2012

The House Clearance London Company? writes about an animal hoarder who wants her animals back…….

Compulsive hoarding is always a serious condition wherever it occurs. However, some cases can be more serious than others, and one of the worst types of hoarding is animal hoarding.

Animal hoarding is where instead of collecting items, the victims collect animals. Often they collect household pets until the amount of animals becomes unmanageable and the animals end up living in terrible conditions and suffering from health problems.

But although it looks cruel, in many cases the hoarder does not realise what they are doing and does not understand the harm they are causing to the animals, so they are often considered victims.

Now in a recent case reported in by NWCN.com, a woman had 50 animals taken from her home in a suspected hoarding situation. The case occurred in Spokane, and it was decided that the owner was not looking after her animals adequately, so they were taken away.

The animals were sent to the Spokanimal animal rescue clinic, and many have now found new homes after they were cleaned up and neutered.

There were 29 cats and 21 dogs in total, which is far more than anyone can reasonably look after. The rescuers said that they did not have sufficient access to food and water, and that they were living in very bad conditions.

However, the owner has now claimed that she wants some of the animals back. The owner wants four of the animals to be returned, despite the fact that she could not look after them properly previously.

The decision will rest with a court because if the owner is found guilty of animal cruelty then she will not be able to look after pets again, but until then everyone will have to wait to find out what will happen.

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Hoarding TV Show Brings on Professional Organiser

February 26th, 2012

The House Clearance London Company writes about Hoarding TV show bringing on professional organiser……..

When there are problems with hoarding in London, Surrey, Essex, South East England, and other locations, sometimes a professional organiser can be very useful in helping to clear up the house and make it liveable once again.

This is exactly what you will see if you tune into the TV programme ‘Hoarders’ which is shown on A&E. For the new series they have brought in a professional organiser in the form of Linda Isom.

The show has proved to be a real hit with viewers and critics alike, and was even nominated for an Emmy. It has been cited as one of the reasons that hoarding is now getting more attention and people are becoming more aware of the condition, which can only be a good thing.

One of Isom’s roles is to help with the aftercare of the hoarding sufferer after the show is complete. This can last for many months if the sufferer wants it, and she helps them out if they want to make the effort.

Many people think that dealing with hoarders simply involves throwing things away and tidying up to get rid of their collections. However, hoarders often have deep emotional and psychological issues that need to be dealt with first, so if you ever do decide to help a hoarder then make sure that you try to seek professional help before you actually start to get rid of any items.

A professional organiser with experience of hoarders could well be a good place to get started for people suffering from compulsive hoarding. If done properly, they can really help hoarders to work on their issues and try to break the damaging behaviour to start to live a more comfortable life.

We clear homes and properties affected by hoarding nationwide. Give us a call to get your property cleaned, no matter what state it’s in, and we’ll send along our professional team to sort it out for you.

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Case Highlights Fire Risk from Hoarding

February 26th, 2012

Case Highlights Fire Risk from Hoarding

The House Clearance London Company writes about the fire risk from hoarding…..

One of the main dangers of hoarding in? Surrey and across the UK is the serious fire risk that the accumulation of so many items in one space can pose. This is one of the reasons why it is so important to report cases as soon as you discover them because they could pose a danger to the hoarder and to people living in the vicinity.

A recent story reported at Canada.com highlighted this issue when a woman escaped from her home after a fire broke out. The woman, who lives in Nanaimo, escaped without injury and the fire was confined to one room. However, after firefighters put out the blaze they decided that the amount of clutter in the house amounted to a safety hazard and the woman is not being allowed to move back into her home.

The rescue workers reported three feet of junk in every room comprising furniture, debris and clothes, and investigators said they could not tell which room was which. There was also evidence of rats, and the bed consisted of a nest of items. This suggests that it is a clear case of compulsive hoarding.

The property has now been boarded up and the woman is being helped by social services and Legion members who are raising money and collecting items for her. But the woman is now said to be concerned for her possessions.

Fire is a real danger in properties which are affected by hoarding. The amount of junk, consisting of clothes and paper, poses a serious fire risk, and not only that but it can also make it harder for residents to escape and for firefighters to get in to rescue them if a fire breaks out.

We provide house clearances in properties which have been affected by hoarding in? Surrey and across the UK. We offer a dedicated house clearance service and we specialise in Surrey? hoarding situations. Call us today to find out more.

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Gatorland Receives Hoarder’s Reptile Collection

February 20th, 2012

The House Clearance London company talk about reptiles in Gatorland…………

Compulsive hoarding normally involves people collecting huge amounts of materials which other people would consider to be junk. This can consist of vast piles of newspapers, old cans and other items which many others would not hesitate to throw away.

But there is another type of hoarding which is more serious, and it involves the hoarding of animals.

When an animal hoarding case is discovered, the most typical animals to be found are dogs, cats, rabbits and other standard household pets.

However, sometimes less-common animals can be found in the collection, as was the case in Arizona recently where a hoarder was found to be hoarding away a large collection of reptiles.

The case came to light when it was featured on a popular show on Animal Planet. The person had stored away snakes and reptiles, but they were not able to get the care which they required, so they were taken to safety.

After a 2,500-mile journey, the reptiles, consisting of four huge pythons and some alligators, arrived in Orlando where the Phoenix Herpetological Society traded them with Gatorland for four crocodiles.

The largest snake to be transported to the new home was a Tiger Reticulated Python which measured over 18 feet, and Gatorland has confirmed that it is now the largest snake that it has.

The animals are all going through the quarantine process now, and once they have completed it they will live in their new home and receive the proper care which they need.

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Cat Hoarding Cases Overwhelming City – Hoarder’s Helpline

February 20th, 2012

The House Clearance London company talk about cat hoarding and help for hoarders…………

Hoarding, in whatever form it takes, can be a huge problem wherever it occurs. As a UK house clearance company, we have experienced our fair share of animal and cat hoarding cases, and have dealt with compulsive hoarding clean ups all over the country.

One of the most serious kinds of hoarding involves animals. Cases of this nature can be particularly difficult to deal with because the animals are often forced to suffer. The problem has become very serious in the city of Albuquerque in New Mexico due to the sheer number of cases which have come to light recently. In the USA hoarders can go undetected because of their remote locations, so here in the UK it is not as usual, due to the fact that we live close to other people or neighbours, and it would generally get noticed.

The discovery of a number of large cat hoarding cases in recent months throughout the UK means that the animal shelters are starting to get overwhelmed.

In just one week, two large cat hoarding cases have been discovered, heaping yet more pressure onto the already stretched shelters.

Both cases were in the city of London. The first involved a family with over 21 cats living inside the property, and the second case unveiled over 30 cats living in the property.

The people from the first property have been charged with animal cruelty after a dead kitten was found in the home. The property was so filthy that officers found it hard to get around due to the amount of urine, faeces and rubbish.

Animal shelters in the US are now full, and the extra cases have made an already bad situation even worse. Although adoption levels are up, it is still not enough to cope with the huge influx of cats.

Tragically, some of the cats have diseases which can be treated, but the lack of space means they cannot be isolated and so have to be put down.

So what has led to the huge rise in cases? It is unlikely that the actual number of cases has gone up. Instead, it is more likely that people are more aware of the condition of hoarding now, and so neighbours are reporting the problem more frequently.

Do you know someone who is an animal hoarder and needs help or do you have a property that needs clearing after being affected by hoarding? Nationwide assistance – For discreet and confidential advice Call Jeffrey Avery directly on 0208 640 0044. If you need to arrange the clearance and cleaning of a hoarders property, remember, clearing such properties can be dangerous so always leave it to a specialist.

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