If you're going to help clean out a house of a hoarder, it's a good idea to rent a dumpster. Hoarded stuff is often contaminated with mold or mouse urine and droppings, so you may have more things to throw out than save. Having a place to throw away trash will make the work go much quicker. Here are ideas for cleaning a hoarded house with the help of a dumpster rental.

Rent A Large Size Dumpster

If the entire house is hoarded, you'll probably need a large container. However, if the one you order fills up too fast, you can probably have it emptied and brought back for a fee. If you have a large container, you can keep working without having to slow down to wait for a new dumpster. Large dumpsters cost more though, so you may want advice from a dumpster rental company about what size to get so you don't waste your money. You may even need to rent more than one and have them side by side.

Put Big Things In First

If you have furniture to throw out, you may want to put it in the dumpster first. Put it against the back wall and throw trash bags in between the pieces. You may even want to flatten tables and other furniture so they don't take up as much room. If you can maximize space, you may not have to have the dumpster emptied before you're through working.

Bag Up Contaminated Things

Depending on the condition of the hoard, you may be able to stuff a lot of things in trash bags. Clothing, papers, and other things that can be wadded up are easier to handle if they're sealed in trash bags. You might even be able to use a shovel and scoop things off of the floor and transfer them to trash bags. If belongings are contaminated with urine or feces, there's no need to sort through them. It makes the work go quicker if you just bag things up and throw them out.

Set Aside What You Want To Sort

There might be valuables in the home that are worth trying to save. It may be difficult finding things of value since they may be mixed in with trash. Rather than let sorting slow you down, set things aside that need a closer look so you can do it later once the house is emptied of trash and junk.

Cleaning up a hoarder's home is stressful, especially if the person is watching. However, it's a job that has to be done for sanitation and safety reasons. If you have a dumpster rental at the ready, things can get disposed of fast and reduce the risk of the hoarder pulling trash out and dragging it back into the house. 

For more info about dumpster rentals, contact a local company.