What kinds of hazardous materials does a property preservation specialist need to remove? Normally we are not talking about stuff you need to call in a HazMat team to handle. We're talking about raw foods, raw garbage, tires, refrigerators, used auto oil, gasoline, oil-based paint, pesticides, and other typical household chemicals.
Why does the mortgage company want these health hazards removed from vacant homes? There is a potential liability, if any chemicals are spilled or ingested by someone who comes on the property. There is the possibility of fire from flammable solutions. And, of course, raw foods and raw garbage can result in mold and pest infestations.
Common sense tells us that removing these potential safety and health hazards will protect the banks' investments. For the property preservation REO contractor these are very important things to be aware of, since understanding the reasons for your clients' concerns will help you to know what to look out for and what to bid on.
Apart from the time involved, getting rid of these things is normally not a problem. Most communities have drop off points for these kinds of household substances. The food and garbage, of course, will go to the dump, and the hazardous materials disposal sites are usually conveniently located at or near the dump (transfer station).