How Much Does It Cost to Hire Someone to Clean Up After a Death?
We get this question a lot. It’s a tough one, because there is no way to really know until we see how much remediation is needed.
For instance, if someone passes away and isn’t discovered for a few weeks, then the cleanup is much more involved than if the person was found earlier. Without getting into gory details, all I’ll say is as the body decomposes, more areas in the home are impacted.
It seems many people are so worried about the cost that they don’t pick up the phone to consult with a professional crime and trauma scene cleaning company. But these same folks might not realize:
1. Insurance covers these kinds of services 95% of the time
2. It costs you nothing for us to come out and give you an estimate
Lately, Bio-One has been on numerous jobs to clean up after unattended death. That’s not uncommon in the Summer when the heat speeds up decomposition. On at least a couple of occasions, the family member was a distant relative who suddenly “inherited” the job of handling matters. They seem relieved when they learn insurance will likely cover the remediation costs. But what if you don’t know what insurance your relative had? Insurance policies aren’t often found lying around the house, so we sometimes suggest/ask:
1. Is there a mortgage on the home? If so, then there would be an insurance policy. Contact the mortgage company
2. Is there a checkbook? Perhaps an insurance premium was paid
3. Check the mail
This really isn’t the kind of job you should do on your own. Cleaning up after a death may expose you to biohazards from bloodborne pathogens, not to mention the many emotions involved – there is no reason to be victimized a second time.
Bio-One Akron has the necessary training, licensing and insurance. We provide our services throughout Northeast Ohio – give us a call and we can come take a look.