Companies That Clean Up Foreclosed Homes Cleaning Up During Mortgage Crisis

Ex-owners leave some foreclosed homes in shambles

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    Former owners of foreclosed homes often leave those homes a mess.

    FALLS CHURCH, Va. -- Some ex-owners of foreclosed homes are leaving those homes a mess.

    Companies that specialize in cleaning up those properties are getting more business as a result.

    Some Foreclosed Homes Left in Shambles

    [DC] Some Foreclosed Homes Left in Shambles
    Some ex-homeowners leave their houses in a mess after foreclosure. (Published Friday, Oct. 24, 2008)

    NVMS in Manassas is one of the companies doing the dirty work -- so-called trash-outs. They clean up and move out what many angry residents leave behind and fix anything that's damaged. NVMS has found pets left behind and, in one case, a horse.

    Homeowners can be fined if they purposely destroy the homes as they're leaving.