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“After my Father died, we inherited some rental properties he owned,” Chelsea said. “And he’d had some tenants who were just terrible. We’re talking almost a hoarding type of situation. Getting these folks out was a big challenge, but we managed. Then we were left with having to deal with all the trash they left behind.”

Cleaning experts have a distinct approach to whole house clean outs that includes a ruthless attitude and renting a large dumpster. Assume that everything contained within the four walls of the structure is garbage: in hoarding type situations or where there has been issues with pets and other animals, it’s unlikely any property is uncontaminated enough to consider saving. Bring together as many people as you can get to help you, and provide everyone with gloves, masks to cover the nose and mouth, and any other protective equipment you feel may be necessary. Everyone should wear sensible shoes and clothing that enables them to move easily.

Your dumpster rental company will let you know what type of materials you’re not allowed to dispose of in a dumpster. This is usually a small but important list of things like paint cans, automotive batteries and similar items. Make sure everyone knows about these exclusions, and then reinforce the fact everything else goes in the dumpster. Begin at the entrance way and work your way in: this will be faster and safer than having to climb over things to get out of the property.

If you know you’ll be trying to recoup some of the costs of damage done to your property by the tenant, you’ll want to document this clean out process by taking pictures as you work. Additionally, save receipts for expenses incurred, such as protective clothing or dumpster rental. After all of the trash and debris has been removed, you’ll be able to better assess the condition of your property and determine what next steps are.