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Why There Aren’t Free Hoarding Cleanup Services

Why There Aren’t Free Hoarding Cleanup Services

“Free Hoarding Cleanup” is a commonly searched term on Google, though you're unlikely to find anyone offering free hoarding cleanup services. After discovering that free services don’t really exist, many people are shocked to learn what hoarding cleanup costs. People often ask, why hoarding clean up costs so much. The reality, once you learn what is involved, is that the amount you are charged for the clean up is actually very fair. Keep reading for a breakdown of the cost of hoarding clean up:

Time & Labor

Most people need to work to live, afford housing, and provide for their families. When we go to work, we exchange our time for money. Everyone’s time is valuable. Free labor is difficult, if not impossible, to find. People deserve fair compensation for their time and efforts, and it’s unreasonable to expect otherwise.

Hazardous Conditions

Hoarding situations almost always involve hazards, which may include biohazards like blood, urine, feces, bodily fluids, rodent droppings, urine and feces from pets,  drug paraphernalia, drug residue, or harmful chemicals. Proper cleanup of these materials requires special training, equipment, and disposal methods. Mishandling biohazardous materials can cause injury, illness, or even death. The training, certifications, PPE (personal protective equipment), and disposal fees for hazardous waste all cost money, and these costs are partially passed on to the customer.

Disposal Costs

Landfills charge an average of $186 per ton for disposal of normal household trash. Items such as  electronics, furniture like mattresses and sofas, or medical waste, have additional disposal fees.  It is common for Biohazard and hoarding cleanup companies to visit multiple disposal sites and pay fees at each one.

Cost of Chemicals to Sanitize and Deodorize

After removing trash and other items, the area should be cleaned, treated, and sanitized for the occupant’s safety. Odor removal is also needed 99% of the time. Professionals use specialized cleaning equipment and chemicals that meet industry standards and guidelines set by agencies like the CDC and EPA. This equipment can cost thousands of dollars, and a portion of these costs are passed to the customer.

Operating Costs

Running a business incurs significant expenses. Professionals invest in necessary equipment, insurance, supplies, fuel, transportation, vehicle maintenance, employee wages, advertising, utilities, phone bills, continuing education, and many other expenses. To cover these costs, they must charge for their services. If they don't receive payment, they can't sustain their business operations.


It takes years to master a trade or skill. When you hire a professional, you are paying for their expertise and knowledge, which have value in any industry, from auto mechanics and electricians to barbers and beauticians.

The time, labor, experience, expertise, and knowledge that a professional brings to the table are valuable. The investment professionals make in learning, earning certifications, and gaining on-the-job experience comes with a cost. When seeking a person or company to provide a service, it's important to consider these factors.

When looking for free hoarding cleaning services, consider how long it would take you to learn the process, purchase the necessary equipment, and properly dispose of the items being removed. Hiring a professional often ends up being more cost-effective than doing it yourself. The cost of disposal alone, not to mention the time and labor involved, makes it clear that free services are unrealistic.



At T.A.C.T. North Atlanta, we understand the complexities and dangers of hoarding cleanup. Our trained professionals are equipped to handle the toughest situations with care and precision. If you or someone you know needs professional hoarding cleanup services, don't hesitate to contact us. Let us help you restore a safe and healthy living environment.

Why T.A.C.T.?

There are many hoarding clean up companies in Atlanta, GA. Here is why T.A.C.T. North Atlanta is different, and why hiring us is the right choice:

  • We allow the resident and their families to stay on site
  • We organize and clean salvageable items
  • We will take items to charities or to have them recycled upon request
  • We supply boxes or totes and clearly label them to help stay organized
  • We offer deep cleaning, sanitizing and deodorizing for an additional fee
  • We are certified for biohazard cleaning, including blood and bodily fluids clean up, unattended death, suicide and homicide clean up
  • We are certified for mold remediation
  • We clean up animal urine and feces, including from pets or rodent infestations
  • We care about our clients and treat you with respect and compassion

Call T.A.C.T. North Atlanta today at (404) 985-5461 to schedule your free consultation and discover how we can assist you. Your safety and well-being are our top priority.


T.A.C.T. North Atlanta provides 24/7 emergency biohazard decontamination services for residents and businesses in the local communities that we serve. We specialize in clean up from suicides, homicides, crime scenes, trauma scenes, undiscovered death, blood spills, bodily fluids, vehicle decontamination, odor removal, dangerous pathogens, decontamination, sanitizing, tear gas, drug labs, mold remediation, hoarding, rodent droppings, and specialized cleaning services that vary by location*. 


We work with all insurance providers, are licensed, bonded, and insured. We handle your situation discreetly and empathetically. When you call T.A.C.T. for help, your call will be answered by an owner or manager, never a call center or answering service. Our technicians are certified and highly trained in the latest methods. If you are in need of emergency assistance to clean up following a traumatic event, call T.A.C.T. North Atlanta.


*Services offered vary by location

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