Things to know about our Clean-Out Services
Statistics show, compulsive “Hoarding” affects 700,000 to 1.4 million people in the United States. This disorder stems from anxiety, depression, stress, and fear (although the individual in question may never show these warning signs publicly). Overall, the act of hoarding displays a fixation towards material objects and an inability to throw away or get rid of personal possessions. Below is a short definition:
“People with hoarding disorder excessively save items that others may view as worthless. They have persistent difficulty getting rid of or parting with possessions, leading to clutter that disrupts their ability to use their living or work spaces.”
So you may be asking yourself, Where does Bella Cleaning come in?
Since 2010, Juliet Pocali, CEO of Bella Cleaning Inc, has been working in the field of family estate performing heavy duty clean-outs. Typically, Bella Cleaning is hired by a family member, estate attorney of the family, or real estate agent. Often times, Bella Cleaning works with families who have been assisting their loved-one in and out of hospitalization, or have recently lost a loved-one. It is not usual to be hired by the hoarder themselves, as the condition of hoarding creates a struggle for the individual to make a change to their lifestyle. It is vital for family and friends of a hoarder to understand that their loved-one’s condition is fragile. At this time, Bella Cleaning does not provide therapy or emotional support by working with the individual directly.
With that being said, Bella Cleaning takes pride in developing lasting relationships with clean-out clientele. It is extremely important that a clean-out service can provide special attention while sifting through garbage and personal property to locate and retain objects of value, significance and sentimental value. We know this fact through and through. Aside from sifting and sorting, there is general garbage disposal, and perhaps a cleaning at the very end. And so, with all of these particulars present, it’s normal for new clientele to bite their nails over how much a full clean-out is going to cost the estate.
Bella Cleaning’s “things to consider” when pricing a clean-out:
- Property size (Square footage)
- Location of property (Commute time, city vs suburbs)
- Type of property (House with acreage vs high-rise apartment)
- Functionality of major amenities (Working conditions are affected by aspects such as plumbing, water, heat, and air conditioning being in proper working order)
- Amount of materials to be disposed (Workload)
- Method of disposal (Will the job require sorting for valuables, dumpster rental)
- Biohazardous material (Presence of bodily fluids, feces, blood, animals, toxic waste)
- Sanitation supplies/Protective Equipment (Protective gear for health and safety)
- Number of crew members needed (The muscle)
- Time needed (Projected amount of hours across number of days)
- Level of client involvement (Will client be present throughout process)
Although navigating the obstacle that, in this case, is “family” in a time sensitive-environment may seem like a challenge, it’s just another day on the job for Bella Cleaning! If you or someone you know is considering a clean-out, and wish to work closely with a knowledgeable, personal, and judgement-free team, you’ve come to the right place. We are here to help you and your loved-ones get the job done with peace of mind, respect and class.
“From what I’ve seen, it isn’t so much the act of asking that paralyzes us–it’s what lies beneath: the fear of being vulnerable, the fear of rejection, the fear of looking needy or weak. The fear of being seen as a burdensome member of the community instead of a productive one. It points, fundamentally, to our separation from one another.”
-Amanda Palmer, “The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help”