Derelict Property Clean Up
Helps Keep Community Tidy

Derelict property clean up can be a great benefit to your community beautification efforts. Don't underestimate the impact of a cluttered, dirty, abandoned property on visitors. If you live or work close to such a property, you've probably grown slightly immune to how bad it looks.

But when businesses are seeking site locations, prospective residents are considering investing in your neighborhood, or criminals are figuring out whether anyone cares about your particular neck of the woods, the appearance of abandoned homes, abandoned factories, and vacant lots matters.

In this space please share with us what works. We'll be starting the story-telling, in word and photo, just any day. If you're not shy, though, you can be first!

Use the form at the bottom of the page. Then under that, we'll start seeing the accumulated stories of people who know about a successful cosmetic makeover of a parcel of land or a building. Or perhaps a disastrous attempt at one. We tell failure stories too on this site.





If your community has a large quantity of derelict property cleanup needs, you'll need to reruit a large quantity of volunteers and some free use of suitable equipment. There's just no other way around it.

When prosperous communities are hit by a tornado, earthquake, or hurricane, they mount a massive campaign to get all the debris together and then have the equipment lined up to transport it to an appropriate location.

If you have neglected property, consider it to be equivalent to a natural disaster, and give yourselves a sense of urgency about getting everything cleaned up at once. A slow tornado is how one respected activist described what had happened to his community.

This mentality of "we must clean this up now so we can move on" is really helpful to community revival and investor confidence. We consider home owners and building owners to be investors too. Their lack of belief is what has led you to need a derelict property cleanup in the first place.

So make it a blitz if you have a large quantity of derelict property cleanup facing you. If it's just one property keeping the neighbors buzzing, then you can see a variety of tips on the abandoned homes page.


Can you tell us how to clean up abandoned properties?

What's your experience? Do you know who did the work, how long it took, how it was organized, and so forth? If so, please share those details!

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How Others See the Abandoned Lot Clean-Up Problem

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The Saga of Silver Springs, Nevada 
Nightmare or feng shui challenge? This place is sadly lacking in prosperity, overflowing with derelict trailers, ugly buildings and the general epitome …

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Having the unfortunate duties of looking over trash from a municipal aspect involves a lot of difficult tasks. One of these was undertaken during the …

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