Before & After: A Hoarder’s House Gets a Fresh Start

by hookedonhouses on February 19, 2010

hoarder house before-exterior

Last year, a reader named Cindy sent me a link to a “Bad MLS Listing” in Long Beach, California, that was actually too bad for me to post. It looked like a hoarder (or two or three) lived there and they had pretty much destroyed that poor place. It made me sad for the house and the homeowners to see those photos.

hoarder house before-entry

The house was on the market for $412,000, and the listing actually stated, “No need to see inside.” It was probably better that way.

hoarder house before-living room

The kitchen is in there somewhere:

hoarder house before-kitchen

A tentative peek inside the bathroom:

hoarder house before-bathroom

It looks like there was so much dust and dirt in the air that the camera actually photographed it floating around in the bedroom:

hoarder house before-bedroom

Some rooms were completely unidentifiable. All you could see were piles:

hoarder house before-stacks

But this house story has a happy ending. Cindy tells me that the house sold for $350,000 in October to someone who has already cleaned it out and fixed it up, giving this adorable house a fresh start. It’s back on the market for $549,000, and it’s hard to believe it’s the same place. I can’t believe how quickly they turned it around.

Here’s how it looks now, all shiny and clean. (Is it my imagination, or is it smiling?)

house after-exterior

It was built in 1929. It’s a charming little house with 3 bedrooms and about 1,200 square feet.

house after-living room

The kitchen:

house after-kitchen

No need to fear the bathroom any longer:

house after-bathroom

The dust and dirt and that awful blue paint that were in the master bedroom are gone:

house after-bedroom

I love it when a house gets a happy ending. My hat is off to the people who rescued it because it wasn’t a job for the faint of heart.

house after-front porch

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Angela February 19, 2010 at 7:55 am


That is an adorable cottage house – love everything about the “after” – especially that front porch!

~angela @ peonypatch
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Nikki February 19, 2010 at 8:04 am

WOW. That’s all I can say … WOW!
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BeachBrights February 19, 2010 at 8:04 am

I remember when you first posted this house! OMG, I love happy endings. Thanks for sharing.

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Sarah @ Dream In Domestic February 19, 2010 at 8:09 am

Wow – I feel like I’m watching a chick flick where the girl gets the guy! What a happy, fairy tale ending! The house looks amazing and shows no signs of abuse at all. I’m so glad someone was able to fix it up, although I’m sure that was a huge challenge. The end result, I think, must have been worth it!
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Christine February 19, 2010 at 8:22 am

I remember that house! The transformation is amazing. I do believe that house is smiling. It’s gorgeous under all that was packed into it. Kudos to the people who were brave enough to tackle that scene!
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Barbara February 19, 2010 at 8:22 am

I felt the tension release from me once I saw the after. Wowser!
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Emily@remodelingthislife February 19, 2010 at 8:25 am

That is so fabulous and just totally made my morning. I remember seeing it on FB.
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Suzann February 19, 2010 at 8:28 am

Oh my goodness ! This is an adorable house! Love it. Thanks for sharing.

Joanne February 19, 2010 at 8:40 am

The best kind of happy ending story!
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Joanne February 19, 2010 at 8:40 am

The best kind of happy ending story!
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donna good February 19, 2010 at 8:54 am

wow. what a turn around…love this story!

Sarah February 19, 2010 at 9:01 am

Wow! That’s a perfect example of how a house can look completely different with renovation and a lot of TLC.

Char February 19, 2010 at 9:03 am

WOW! I had flashbacks of our house! It looked very similar to that and we completely facelifted it and replaced everything. Very well done!

Becky K February 19, 2010 at 9:15 am

Very awesome! I love it that someone had the vision of what the house could be.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful post.
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Lesli R Messinger February 19, 2010 at 9:19 am

It is a wonderful house. In the “before” picture of the bedroom, did anyone consider that the spots may be orbs? They sure looked like it to me. If so, I bet the orbs are happy now that the house is taken care of. ; )

Kelli February 19, 2010 at 9:19 am

That’s amazing! I’m happy for the soul of that house, if that makes sense.

Richella at Imparting Grace February 19, 2010 at 9:28 am

I love this story!

My parents used to do this for a living. They’d find a house in bad need of overhauling–and some were very, very bad–then fix it up and sell it. It’s amazing to me that people can let houses get into such disrepair. . . but then it’s so wonderful to see them restored to their former glory!
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MissCaron February 19, 2010 at 9:36 am

Oh. My. Goodness. SO MUCH BETTER!
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Supernatural Botanicals February 19, 2010 at 10:02 am

That’s a gorgeous transformation. I love, love, love seeing life breathed back into that fab house.

Sara @ Russet Street Reno February 19, 2010 at 10:03 am

Oh, thank goodness! It really is an adorable place. I love the exterior, and that porch especially.
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Cori Heffernan February 19, 2010 at 10:03 am

It’s funny, in the before shot of the outside of the house ,you don’t really have an idea of just how bad the inside of the house looks. I love that someone was able to see past all the mountains of garbage and fix it up.

christy February 19, 2010 at 10:11 am

WOW! I loved reading this post – I remember reading that first one and being just disgusted with the state of that place. How wonderful that someone brought it back to life! And it’s so cute now too!

Hope you have a great weekend Julia!
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Robin @ My Blessed Nest February 19, 2010 at 10:12 am

Such an awesome transformation! I’m not sure I could have seen past all of that, but I’m so glad someone did! How in the world do people live in all of that clutter anyway!?
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Sunshine February 19, 2010 at 10:17 am

I love the before and after of the outside of the house! So happy to see it all cleaned up. Isn’t is so sad that people actually live like that?!
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Lori February 19, 2010 at 10:24 am

Oh that makes me so happy! I can. not. stand it when people mistreat a house…especially one with so much charm and character!
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Lisa February 19, 2010 at 10:26 am

I KNEW that would happen!

Its perfect!
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Janet February 19, 2010 at 10:34 am

With tear-downs being the most used option in LA, this is a great story. I wish everyone did this. 😉
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Stacy@RedDoorHome February 19, 2010 at 10:41 am

So happy someone rescued this beauty!
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the domestic fringe February 19, 2010 at 10:49 am

Holy Cow! Is that really the same place? It’s looks amazing, but I wouldn’t want to be the one who had to clean it out. Just gross.

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StuccoHouse February 19, 2010 at 10:51 am

Those vintage houses made with quality materials and craftsmanship can withstand a lot, but even I’m surprised that one pulled through!
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Christine February 19, 2010 at 10:58 am

Unbelievable!! Great post!

Vicki February 19, 2010 at 11:14 am

Wow! That is AMAZING! It is always nice to see a happy ending! =)
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Susan February 19, 2010 at 11:18 am

So often potential buyers are turned away from a great property because it needs work. It was obvious that the house had good bones and it was a shame to overlook it because of the mess. A roll off dumpster, or twenty or more, can do wonders. A great transformation. I am impressed that the house is on the market for over $200 per square foot. Obviously the neighborhood is still desirable despite the weak economy.

Susan and Bentley
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Jan February 19, 2010 at 11:26 am

Count me in with this group of well-wishers for that lovely rescued house! I am another one who can’t stand to see houses so unloved and mistreated — especially when there are so many folks in this world (and in this economy) who are grateful to have a home! All this house needs now is a happy soul/couple/family to bring it to life! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful transformation!

Jan at Rosemary Cottage

AnNicole@OurSuburbanCottage February 19, 2010 at 11:27 am

Wow – what a happy ending for that little house. And I love that you were able to actually follow the home’s “story”.

Have a great weekend!
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Struggler February 19, 2010 at 11:34 am

Love it. Whoever tackled it and did that to it totally deserves every penny of profit.
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Karrie @ The Brick Cottage February 19, 2010 at 11:39 am

This is unbelievable! I would like to think one day that I can take an old, unloved house and turn it around someday to make it my dream home, but I don’t know if I’d be able to take on a house that looked like that! Kudos to the people who did. It is amazing! Thanks for sharing!
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April E. February 19, 2010 at 11:39 am

I don’t even remember how I found your site…but I am in LOVE.

I linked to you from my site!!

WOW. Thanks for sharing! Off to do MORE reading and browsing!!
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Cathy Rust February 19, 2010 at 11:47 am

I am so glad they didn’t tear the whole thing down! I love seeing the restoration. Thanks so much for showing this to us Julia. Last year I thought for sure it was a gonner.
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Marsha February 19, 2010 at 11:52 am

WOW! I’m so happy for this house!


the BLAH BLAH BLAHger February 19, 2010 at 12:04 pm

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LeAnn February 19, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Now that’s a transformation if I’ve ever seen one! I have watched the show Hoarders and there is no way I could go in there and clean it up not even with a gas mask on!!


Amber Filkins February 19, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Wowzers!!! It looks 200% better. :)
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Amber February 19, 2010 at 12:30 pm

I can’t believe that’s even the same house! That’s insane.
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Amanda @ Serenity Now February 19, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Oh. my. word. The buyers deserve some sort of award. Believe it or not, the house next door to me was shamefully similar, except theirs spilled out into the yard when they were evicted by the owner (the tenant’s own father!! so you know it must have been bad). It’s still being (gutted) renovated, and my prayer is that a nice family will move in and give the home a happy ending just like this one! :)
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Pat Smith at Pat's Addition February 19, 2010 at 12:46 pm

I love people with vision. How wonderful that house was rescued, I hope it gets a nice family.
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Art by Karena February 19, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Wow Julia, look what was under all that junk. They certainly needed to call Clean House!! What would Neece say!? It is gorgeous.

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Carmen February 19, 2010 at 12:58 pm

I first said “holy what the…..?” when I saw the before pictures. And then I said “awww” when I saw the after pictures. What an amazing transformation.
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Suzette February 19, 2010 at 1:13 pm

AMAZING! My hat is off to the people who invested a ton of time into that place. Hopefully they will be able to sell it and see their hard work pay off!

MaryBeth February 19, 2010 at 1:18 pm

What a transformation. I would be too scared to take on such a dirty house. It makes my skin crawl to even look at the mess. MB

Brenda February 19, 2010 at 2:46 pm

wow – that was wonderful to see – what work went into that – BUT what great results…
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Jerri Ann Smith February 19, 2010 at 2:54 pm

I can hardly believe that is the same house. It looked like it had great bones from the outside but the inside looked like it would never recover. I am blown away! Great job, it is beautiful now.

Morning T February 19, 2010 at 2:55 pm

OMG that is amazing! I really need to watch that Hoarders show…I find that so fascinating and it makes my little ‘pack rat’ ways not seem so bad.
What a fun post and transformation and YES that house is smiling SO BIG!
Happy Friday Julia~
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Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs February 19, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Wow, what a wonderful transformation! I can’t even believe that was the same home.
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Pat February 19, 2010 at 4:05 pm

How amazing….shows what a little love – or maybe A LOT of love can do!
We did a make over on a home we inherited, nothing like this, but still a major re-do. Though the work just about did us in, the satisfaction when finished was over whelming.
I can’t help but wonder what happened to the previous owners…that part is so sad to me. I hope they received the help they needed to function in a healtheir way.
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Fifi Flowers February 19, 2010 at 4:20 pm

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Kim February 19, 2010 at 4:27 pm

That house is amazing. Too bad all of the hoarder houses can’t be cleaned and fixed up. I don’t understand how anybody can live in a house that messy. I would go crazy and be disgusted.

I used to watch the show Clean House, but haven’t gotten around to watching it in a while.

Hip Hip Gin Gin February 19, 2010 at 4:31 pm

That is one amazing transformation! I can’t imagine how much time and hard work that took. It is so sad to see houses like that, people who hoard are truly in so much emotional pain I really hope the previous owners were able to get help. It is hard to imagine what it must have felt like to live there.
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Ms. Sharlotte's...Southern Reflections February 19, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Oh my goodness….that is quite a transformation. I think you are right, it definitely belonged to a hoarder…I can’t even imagine the smell. It looks great repaired…a new start for such a pretty home. Thanks for sharing.

melissa @ the inspired room February 19, 2010 at 6:14 pm

I never like watching those hoarder’s shows, so sad. But what a great ending to this story! It looks fabulous now!
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Amy February 19, 2010 at 6:18 pm

I felt so bad for that house :) It has such great architecture and I’m so glad that someone fixed it. It’ s beautiful!

micah February 19, 2010 at 7:42 pm

Thank goodness someone was brave enough to clean that house up! It doesn’t even look like the same place!
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E. George February 19, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Hi Julia all I can say is WOW and yes there is a Huge Smile… Regards Esther (speechless) from Sydney…..

Nita February 19, 2010 at 8:22 pm

My ex mother-in-law, who is gone now so I can say this, was a horrible hoarder. She often would not open the door to our visits, and I never saw the kitchen until one day when it was open and I saw it as we were leaving. My mouth dropped open. There were used cans and boxes stacked to the ceiling and I am not kidding. One Thanksgiving, she invited us over, and we sat in a clean kitchen watching her make mashed potatoes. First, she washed and scrubbed the potatoes with soap, twice. Then she peeled them and boiled them. She was a germophobic. Would not let us help her fix the dining room wall, which was falling in from rain damage. Only a few months after our dinner, the kitchen was back to the same mess, and anyone who lives like this needs help, definitely. She had many other problems, and was not a good grandmother to our kids. It is good we weren’t around her much. In fact, if I’d known her more before I married her son, I wouldn’t have married him.

middle sister February 19, 2010 at 9:21 pm

As a home stager I see some crazy “before” situations that blow my mind. But nothing can top your photos. Yikes!

DesignTies February 19, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Holy crap!!!! What a nightmare the “before” house was!!! Whoever bought it and fixed it up deserves a medal. Or two or three!! It’s a beautiful home now, both inside and out :-)

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Jenny February 19, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Oh my goodness! I can’t believe someone was able to fix that. It looks like it needed a bulldozer to me!
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Dawn February 19, 2010 at 10:35 pm

I love a happy ending too! This is great! I love the end result! So charming!!!!

felicity February 19, 2010 at 10:44 pm

those before pictures scream METH HOUSE. Once a meth house, always a meth house (even after it’s been cleaned up)…unless the new owner did costly environmental fixes and rebuilt from the studs- a very costly improvement that MOST people don’t bother to do.

If I were buying that house today, I would be testing it for meth contamination. I know this because I *almost* bought a meth house in Redondo Beach last year…but luckily found out soon enough to back out of the deal. The after photos look great- but as I said, to me, this really screams Meth…sorry.

Kristen @ More Than Mulberries February 19, 2010 at 10:53 pm

WOW!! I’m so glad someone had the nerve (and gas masks) necessary to take on that project! What a charming house!
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Cheryl February 20, 2010 at 1:43 am

Wow, that’s amazing! I’m so glad this little house got a fresh start, it’s quite lovely now! :)

Annie@A View on Design February 20, 2010 at 5:41 am

OMG thank god someone got hold of that project who knew what they were doing – what a challenge!!!
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Melissa February 20, 2010 at 7:53 am

Impressive!! I wonder what the previous owner did with the $350,000? Two thumbs up to the new owners who had this incredible vision! :)
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janice |Sharing the Journey February 20, 2010 at 10:14 am

What a lovely happy ending for the house. I hope it was equally happy for the sad and troubled folk who used to live in it. Stories like this are why I specialised in homelife coaching after years as a life coach. You’d be horrified at how many folk slip into overwhelming situations like this and how hard it is for them to save themselves without guidance and support.
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Candy @ SoBella Creations February 21, 2010 at 11:13 am

Wow what a difference. The house looks fantastic now.
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Allison February 21, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Wow! The house looks wonderful now. Something I wouldn’t want to tackle!

Thank you for stopping by AtticMag and leaving a sweet comment. I do love my laundry room! Be sure to come see the rest Tuesday and Wednesday.
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low tide high style February 21, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Holy cow, I hope whoever owned it before has gotten some help for their illness, hoarding must be so debilitating! But how wonderful that the house was not only rescued but lovingly restored! It’s hard to imagine it’s even the same place!

Kat :)
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Shelia February 21, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Lord Have Mercy! Hoarding has to be a sickness! What an amazing house it is now! I think I’m going to go and clean my closets!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)
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Gollum February 21, 2010 at 9:56 pm

I’m in the middle of a winter cleaning, and your before/after pictures give me hope. The after photos are truly amazing! There is peace on the other side of an overhaul. I just know it. :-)

Susan February 22, 2010 at 12:44 am

WOW, what a dramatic change! Julia, unfortunately, I see homes like this about once a month in my job…indescribable. The pictures don’t share one of the worst parts…the smell. I’ve been with policemen who couldn’t go in due to the smell. It really is sad that some folks live this way. If I had seen the before, I don’t think I could have been the buyer…that image would have been engraved in my brain forever! Thanks for sharing the after…so often they have to be gutted or torn down…especially if pets were living there, too.
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Melissa February 22, 2010 at 1:24 am

Oh my gosh… that transformation is unbelievable! It doesn’t even look like the same place! Wow.
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Tina @ Enchanted Rose Studio February 22, 2010 at 1:53 am

That is quite a the transformation! It is a lot of work, but if they can sell it for their asking price, it will make a tidy profit.

Thanks for sharing this amazing transformation. Kudos to flippers who know what they are doing!

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Stephanie February 22, 2010 at 7:19 am

WOW! Those are amazing before and after shots!! Thanks for sharing this transformation!!
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Christi at A Southern Life February 22, 2010 at 8:36 am

Wow, that is a fabulous change. So sad about the first owners. Hope they got help.

Christi @ A Southern Life
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Melanie February 22, 2010 at 9:05 am

I can’t believe that people live like that! I wouldn’t be able to sleep EVER! I am so glad that someone bought it and repaired it. Now someone can love it!
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Sherry @ No Minimalist Here February 22, 2010 at 10:44 pm

My son purchased a property for investment that was 100 times worse than this one. Every room had junk and trash piled to the ceiling. The owners had left avery small path through the house to the bedroom only. It took over 30 large dumpsters to get rid of all the garbage!

Treasia February 23, 2010 at 12:04 am

Now that’s what I call a major transformation. It’s beautiful now. To think what it did look like is shocking to say the least.
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The Tablescaper February 23, 2010 at 10:32 pm

Wow! That little house got a serious dose of much needed TLC!

– The Tablescaper

Sarah Jones February 24, 2010 at 5:12 pm

now that’s a serious makeover!
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Gloria February 25, 2010 at 4:17 am

I stumbled across your blog post and saw the very first picture and thought to myself – wow, that looks like my hometown, Long Beach, Calif. Then I read a little further and lo and behold, it is! What an amazing transformation, I used to work in real estate in Long Beach and I feel so sorry for the poor agent who stumbled into that mess – pre-transformation, of course!

Hailey February 25, 2010 at 2:26 pm

That’s crazy! I really want to get into the ‘flipping’ market someday and seeing pictures of before/after like these are truly inspiring!
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Rachel March 22, 2010 at 6:14 am

That house is DEFINITELY smiling! what an incredible transformation.
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christie April 13, 2010 at 10:13 am

gr8 work and a real hats off to the team that worked on the house, do you think clean house coulda handled this? lol. its a wow factor.

Linda April 24, 2010 at 2:19 am

unbelievable! What vision and follow-through!

RJ May 29, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Oh my goodness – this one actually made me tear up! That poor house! And lucky for it that someone saw what it had to offer – hats off to the rescuers!

Beck July 11, 2010 at 11:20 pm

I was hired by a friend (major hoarder) to help her organize and clean out….spent collectively 30 hours and never even got to the surface of her dining room table! She decided to quit because I was moving too fast for her and it was making her nervous. I estimate if she had let me continue to work with her, the entire house would have taken 2 years to complete and it is about a 1400 sf home. It is really a sad situation…

Juju at Tales of July 12, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Wow. That’s wild. I’m the total opposite of a hoarder. I’m a purger 😉
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Emily August 12, 2010 at 4:42 pm

What a great site – I have a wonderfully giving woman in my life who deserves a home make-over, in fact she deserves a new home that would allow her to be home and care for elderly women. She works more hours than she is paid for, goes beyond her duties, misses out on vacation time becasue it is hard for her to say, “no,” nurtures and cares for the handicapp and elderly above and beyond her duties…she is love! and in her “free” time she helps out with her mother…She herself is an amazing mother and friend…help me find her a contest to win and help make her hard work worth it and her dream of having her own place come true. She owns her home and has property to build. THANKS!

Kalani October 29, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Wow I walk by that house nearly everyday! I remember when it came on the market I thought $549k was a little pricey for that house. It ended up selling for $550k. It’s amazing to me that buyers are out there willing to pay so much extra for lipstick on a house. They did a great job cleaning up the house but it in such a great location with great bones to begin with. Love this site though! Real eye-opener.

Lesley @ TheDesignFile January 12, 2011 at 9:40 am

The hoarding makeover is amazing. I hate to think about how difficult and disgusting that must have been.
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Angie January 12, 2011 at 11:18 am

Holy Cow! Whoever bought this house had terrific imagination, determination and a very strong stomach! Hard to believe it’s the same house…it looks lovely now!
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Sharon January 12, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Unbelievable! Someone had to see the diamond in the rough on that one!
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Chris B January 13, 2011 at 5:06 pm

All I can say is…AMAZING!

Lauren @ Meet My Ugly Baby February 9, 2011 at 1:21 pm

So glad to see that! Its rescuers need purple heart medals or some such.

cherylk May 10, 2011 at 9:43 am

Although I could definitely see the potential in the “before” photos, I truly could not have entered the house let alone any of those rooms. Those people deserve every huge kudos and a whopping return on their investment.

Ashley Reid June 3, 2011 at 10:05 am

Incredible. Those people deserve a medal of honor!! So wonderful to see that house get the respect and TLC it deserves! Our next door neighbor is a hoarder. From the outside the house looks a little unkempt, but not too terrible. The inside is a completely different story. I find myself wishing he would move so somebody would buy it, gut it and renovate it. It’s a cute 1950’s house that deserves so much better than what it’s getting now.

Stephanie Durdan June 21, 2011 at 6:31 am

Aw!! I LOVE the after. So happy to see that this house was rescued and given a new life. I agree, I think the house is smiling. :-)

Christina June 22, 2011 at 8:35 pm

That is an amazing before and after. The before was absolutely horrible. My gosh how could anyone stay in such a cluttered, filthy, disgusting mess. I don’t understand how people can live that way. What on earth did the original owners move into and mess up when they put this up for sale. That truly takes and amazing team to clean up that mess. It’s almost like those people who clean up crime scenes. That team sure deserve quite a bit of money! I couldn’t stand to be in that place for 5 minutes, much less the 5-6 months it may have taken to clear out that garbage, clean up the huge mess, and finally gut the whole house because the people who owned this before surely didn’t leave it in any kind of liveable condition. You can see by the photos.. They have it in such a manner that it would have gone up in flames within seconds and burned down.. eyesore. So awful!! I don’t understand the mindset of hoarders. The collecting of so much junk.. the wasteful spending of pure crap. It’s a shame. The house looks amazing now!! Kudos to the people who brought that poor home back to life!!

Nico August 25, 2011 at 6:25 am

That is pretty impressive work. The contractors who worked on that house must have been pretty good too.

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