Florida Crime Scene Cleanup Business Flips Messy Homes

She came up with the idea for the business in 2005, when she was working as a police officer and met a family saddled with the grim duty of crime scene cleanup.

House cleanup.

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In 2019, Spaulding Decon’s cleanup operation made $4.5 million in revenue, according to Inc. Magazine.

Two home cleanup technicians at a site. One person is counting money with gloved hands.

Two cleanup technicians.

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Revenue grew to about $10 million last year, and the company now has 56 franchises.

Fiona Mills

Fiona Mills works with Spaulding Decon, a company that tackles everything from homicide and suicide cleaning to mold remediation.

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In 2016, Spaulding launched a real estate operation, which brought in about $500,000 last year, she said.

A photo of a brown house with patchy green grass in front of it. It looks somewhat broken down.

A Spaulding house “before.”

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She buys messy, run-down properties at low prices from sellers who don’t want to deal with cleaning up the house and putting it on the market.

A photo of a dark and dirty closet, with hangers, clothes, and furniture askew.

A Spaulding house before renovation.

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As the housing market has gotten more competitive in recent years, Spaulding’s real estate pipeline of extremely messy homes has remained untouched.

A dark, dirty garage crowded with items, such as shelves and old appliances.

A garage, before cleanup.

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