A Richmond entrepreneur and reality TV personality who’s made his living clearing out peoples’ clutter is beginning to build new businesses.
Matt Paxton’s company WayForth, which he launched after his time on the TV show “Hoarders” to offer moving and estate-management services for seniors, has acquired Henrico-based Door to Door Solutions for an undisclosed amount. The deal closed March 1.
WayForth now has acquired three companies since its founding in 2016, when it was known as Legacy Navigator.
Door to Door Solutions is a moving company that specializes in helping seniors. Katie Hamann and Donnie Harper founded it in 2004. It’s based at 2214 Westwood Ave., not far from WayForth’s offices at 2107 Loumour Ave.
“We had worked with them on some bigger projects,” said Paxton, who also previously owned hoarding cleanup service Clutter Cleaner, which helped him land on TV. “They help probably about 1,000 families per year downsize and move.”
Paxton said he wants to grow WayForth’s local footprint as thousands of senior housing developments are being planned in the region, including $200 million and $300 million projects in West Creek and on Patterson, respectively.
“There are thousands of senior living units being built (in the region) right now, and those are just the ones we know about. Short Pump is going to be a senior city. We’re seeing that growth already,” Paxton said. “The stuff in (seniors’) houses is what holds people back when they move in.”
Wayforth’s earlier acquisitions include Charlotte-based Chaos To Calm and Philadelphia-based Moving Solutions as companies. Paxton said they’re working on closing on the purchase of another company in the coming weeks, but declined to provide any further details.
Paxton said the Door to Door brand will be retained, as will all of its 29 employees, joining WayForth’s 110 staffers across its offices in Richmond, Philadelphia, Northern Virginia and Charlotte, North Carolina.
“We’ll hire another 30 people this year in Richmond,” Paxton said. “We get a lot of retirees and teachers come on as part timers.”
WayForth formerly had a space in the Canterbury Shopping Center in the West End but Paxton said they closed that last year as it was moving into the Westwood office.
WayForth also once had offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, but Paxton said the company left the West Coast to expand more on the East Coast, with an aim on Boston to Miami.
Paxton also said he may be returning to television. After being brought in for a sketch on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last year, Paxton said he’s filmed a pilot for a show, but couldn’t say more about it.