Buying Hoarder Homes More Daunting Than the Average Flip


Kira had just three weeks to sort through 25 years' worth of belongings, a daunting and emotional task.

"People see piles of trash, that's what they say," she told "20/20." "But to you, there's a lot more. There's way more behind it."

But moving away from the house is a fresh start for Kira and her family. She said she was determined to keep her new apartment clean.

"It's going to be a big change, just having a floor to sweep up after yourself," she told 20/20.

Kira says she is grateful that someone was willing to buy the house.

"I didn't think we could sell it at all," she told 20/20. "We were very thankful that there was actually someone that was going to buy it. We're just thankful we got the time to be able to get what we needed and do what we needed to do to secure a rental property."

Faulkner says the potential for homes like these is what keeps him in the business.

"You do have to have the vision that there is potential in this house," Faulkner told 20/20. "There is the pot of gold at the end of rainbow."

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