Foster City, CA. (PRWEB) July 21, 2014
Junk piled to the ceiling, bugs on food, used cat litter, rat droppings, dead animals, stacks of fast-food cups, boxes of empty pill bottles, and used Band-Aids are among the items seen in hoarders’ houses by respondents to a new survey by Insure.com, an independent consumer insurance website.
According to a survey of 2,000 adults, 46 percent know someone who hoards, and 6 percent of people identify themselves as hoarders.
Among people who know a hoarder, 36 percent said they had to clean out a house after a hoarder moved or passed away.
Compulsive hoarding is a disorder that goes beyond “collecting” or lack of cleaning. Hoarders are unable to stop adding to their piles, and the items end up impeding daily activities. Hoarders may feel emotional attachments to objects that others regard as trash, even while health, fire, and even structural hazards are apparent to others.
“A stack of old newspapers doesn’t necessarily make you a hoarder,” said Amy Danise, editorial director of Insure.com. “A stack of old newspapers that blocks a door does.”
Here’s who’s hoarding, according to survey results:
1. Friend: 32 percent.
2. Family member: 27 percent.
3. Neighbor: 23 percent.
4. Parent: 15 percent.
5. Spouse: 8 percent.
6. Myself: 6 percent.
7. Child: 5 percent.
8. Other: 5 percent.
These are the most commonly hoarded items:
1. Mixed items: 34 percent
2. Knickknacks: 16 percent
3. Magazines and newspapers: 11 percent
4. Clothes: 9 percent
5. Food: 7 percent
6. Electronics: 5 percent
7. Containers: 4 percent
8. Other: 4 percent
9. Animals: 4 percent
10. Bags: 4 percent
11. Appliances: 1 percent
Among the answers for “other,” people named boxes, broken-down cars or simply “everything.” Many people reported seeing items “stacked to the ceiling.”
Hoarding usually leads to fire or health hazards, according to people who know a hoarder. When asked about specific hazards they have witnessed, people point to:
Insurers that discover hoarding will often give a customer a timeline for improving the property. In extreme cases where a hoarder can’t clean up enough, an insurer could cancel the policy rather than take the risk of future claims.
“By the time your insurance company is thinking of cancelling you, you’ve likely had fire and health hazards for years,” said Danise.
See the full article at http://www.insure.com/home-insurance/hoarding.html.
Insure.com commissioned a survey of 2,000 U.S. adults, half women and half men. The survey was fielded in June 2014.
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