When you buy a foreclosure property, you never know what you're going to walk into. One property may be left looking as if the previous owner meticulously packed up and left with ease—other properties may appear to have been owned by a hoarder or group of fraternity boys. So, how do you get that property ready to move in or sell? Here, you'll find a few tips to get you started.
Hire Professional Foreclosure Clean Out Specialists
If the property has you scratching your head trying to figure out where to start, chances are, you'd be better off leaving it up to professional foreclosure clean out specialists. If you're thinking that the cost isn't worth it, think about how long it will take you to get it all done on your own, how much it will cost to rent the dumpsters and how you will haul away old appliances and other large items that can't just be tossed in a dumpster.
You can choose how deep into the project you'd like the clean out specialists to go. Some of these companies go so far as to even remove old above ground swimming pools from the property. So, if you choose, you can have this company come in and clear out all of the junk, rip up stinky carpeting, remove all of the old, broken appliances and haul everything away. Money well spent in most cases.
Advertise for Pickers
Pickers love homes that are loaded with stuff, so if you advertise, they will come. Post some ads in local classifieds offering the opportunity to come into the home and pick through the contents. The picker will then either offer you a dollar amount, or you can name your price on the things that are found. The good thing about this is the pickers know the value of the stuff that they're digging for—what you thought was trash might end up being a valuable piece of history that you would have thrown out.
Note: Have each picker sign a liability waiver before they enter the home. Liability waivers can be found online and printed in just a few seconds, but they will go a long way in protecting you from being held liable if anyone should get injured while they're digging through your property.
Start by contacting your local foreclosure clean out professionals. They will help you decide what needs to be done and how to go about getting started.