How do I find foreclosed homes to clean out?

Asked by John Gates, 44128 Tue Dec 9, 2008

i am a young man who works for a man in the ohio area cleaning out foreclosed homes. The only porblem is he only pays me $50.00 a day and we work as many as 12 hours a day sometimes. I've tried to get information from him about how to get these contracts, but he's not giving it up. I just want to know how to clean out these homes on my own. Where do I start? I have knowledge of the tools and expectations, all I need is the houses. Can someone help me?

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Eric Egeland, Agent, Buffalo Grove, IL
Mon Jul 26, 2010
You need to pursue the business from REO agents & banks/asset management companies. There is a lot of people looking for the work, so competition is tough.

Not sure what your current arrangement is but it looks like you are being paid below minimum wage, so definitely time for a transition.

Some answers below are overstated...average trashout is closer to $1,000 but depends on how much is in the home. $2,500 is well above the average as many vendor guidelines allow Realtors to approve trashouts bids below $1k without getting multiple bids...typically trashout will be <$1k
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Zimmermann, , Hill Air Force Base, UT
Mon Jul 26, 2010
Sorry you are so underpaid.
Foreclosure realtors give out the work. They are willing to pay up to $2,500 per clean-out.
With your experience they should hire you easily.
Use a $1 per sq ft when a home is filled with furniture. Less when there is less and no dumpster is required.
You can find these realtors who give out the work on the link below.
It is a free list of foreclosures and their realtors--the people who give out the work.
Call them and ask to bid.
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Chance Gates, , Reno, NV
Tue Dec 9, 2008

The first thing to do is get licensed as a handyman, janitorial services, or contractor. Then talk to the real estate offices who list these houses, and offer to submit free bids on the work they need done. Always leaving a card and flyer. That is how I would approach it.

I hope this helps you

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Voices Member, , Benton County, OR
Tue Dec 9, 2008
You can check out this site.. It's free and it's a place to start

Also here is a link to another discussion here at Trulia on finding foreclosures..…

This is a link to a Trulia blog that might also help..…

I hope this helps..Dunes
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Debra B Albe…, Agent, Port St Lucie, FL
Tue Dec 9, 2008
Talk to lenders...go to banks in your area and leave your card.
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