Rubbish Removal: Clearing a Hoarder’s Top-Floor Apartment

If you have a relative who is a hoarder and who lives on a top-floor apartment, you may be trying to figure out how you can help them to clear their home. This article will look at some of the steps you need to take when working with a rubbish removal company to deal with an issue like this. Read on to find out everything you need to know.

Consider how the garbage removals company will access the property

Because the property is on the top floor, you will need to carefully consider how the team of contractors will access and remove the rubbish. Because other residents will wish to use the stairs, you should consider all other options. If the building has a lift, it may be best to use this. Using the lift may also be safer for the contractors as they may be at risk of tripping and falling when descending the stairs. If there is one in the building, you should try to secure the use of a service lift. The service lift is typically only used by maintenance staff and so is off-limits to the public, meaning the rubbish removals team can work undisturbed.

Consider asking for a rubbish chute

One way of dealing with the question of access and removal of the rubbish from a top-floor apartment is to ask for the installation of a rubbish chute. A rubbish chute is made of several sections of plastic tubing which fit tightly together forming a tube through which trash can be dropped to the ground. The lower end of the tube is placed in a large skip bin which collects the rubbish. From a top-floor apartment, it may be easy to access the roof space so contractors don't have to carry trash all the way down. Instead, gravity can do the work.

Consider how you will save important belongings

Among the stuff that your relative has hoarded, there are likely to be important personal belongings. You should consider how you will ensure these are not disposed of during the cleaning process. The best way to do this is to sweep the flat before the contractors arrive so you can remove any personal belongings which need to be kept. As the contractors work, you should keep an eye on what they are removing so you can stop them from throwing anything which is valuable. However, you should not allow your relative to take part in this process as it is likely they will view all of the trash they have hoarded as valuable.

For more information, you should contact a rubbish removals team.