He’ll take that “to go”
Lorne Caplan, who provides death-cleaning services in New York and Connecticut has seen some downright disturbing things since founding Free Home Cleanup. Usually, Caplan can tell what’s in store just by observing the condition of the home’s exterior. But appearances can be deceiving, as Caplan discovered when he entered a seemingly charming home only to be “nearly knocked unconscious” by the smell of raw sewage. Turned out the homeowner had such a serious hoarding problem, he’d rendered his bathrooms unusable and had taken to relieving himself in styrofoam takeout boxes (which he couldn’t bring himself to throw out).
In a hoarder’s home piled five-feet high with garbage, Caplan decided to start with the basement because its staircase was the only one in the house not completely blocked by stuff. Once down the steps, Caplan was pleasantly surprised to see no evidence of mold or water-damage since many hoarders allow their basements to become water-damaged… until he came face to face with a mummified possum.