One-Stop Property Help for Caregivers

Caregiver Support – Home Downsizing and Real Estate Services

Are you the caregiver of an elderly loved one? Are you exhausted physically, mentally and emotionally? Is caregiving and all its demands of your time and energy getting you down? Are you overwhelmed and at wits end? Is it time for your elderly loved one to transition from their home of many years into an assisted care facility? Is the cost for care of your loved one at a senior community or assisted care community a challenge? Do you need to sell your loved ones home to help pay for their long-term care? Do you need to clean out your loved ones home to get it market ready for sale but cannot do it yourself? Do you feel you do not know where to turn? Do you feel overwhelmed and do not know where to begin? No problem. We can help. We specialize in providing a one stop, single source solution to help caregivers transition their loved ones from their home of many years into assisted care communities with our home downsizing and full service real estate services. We service Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We provide you with total peace of mind. We know the process of downsizing, moving, selling and buying a new home is physically and mentally exhausting. With Personal Property Managers, one call does it all. We handle all your loved ones home and property content downsizing, de-cluttering, content liquidation and real estate sale needs. Our goal is to help take care of all the work that needs to be done so that you obtain the highest value for your loved ones home. We provide special 2020 best-in-class portfolio of services to assist you.

During this challenging time in the Corona Virus and COVID-19 era, we help families that are unable travel or tend to their property needs by providing a true one-stop resource. We are focused on making life just a little easier for families during often difficult times. With Personal Property Managers, one call does it all.  

We service Pennsylvania, and the counties of Bucks, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Delaware, Chester and the Main Line. In New Jersey, we service the counties of Hunterdon, Mercer, Monmouth, Morris, Burlington, Middlesex, Union, Ocean, Essex and Somerset.

We offer 6 primary services to help families or executors. They are:

Additional info can be found on this brief 90 second video or a full array of great tips and insights and video by clicking on our resource page.

We also offer discount real estate services via our association with EveryHome Realty. Learn more about Personal Property Managers from our recent News Stories.

Bucks County Home Downsizing

How Our Process Works

We begin by meeting with you personally. This allows us to understand your personal needs and for us to develop a tailored solution to meet your individual goals. We offer extreme cleaning and extreme home cleanout services, removing contents from hoarder homes to multi-million dollar homes.

As certified Senior Real Estate Specialist, we then conduct a comprehensive market analysis, which will help give you a feel for the value of your loved ones home, its contents and their value. We then will evaluate the contents of the property with you to ascertain what you wish to keep, give to friends and family, donate, shed, discard or move to your new home. A full inventory is done at this time and is sorted based on your direction to us.

For items of value, we can facilitate an Estate Sale or help remove contents and liquidate them.

For items you wish to part with, we will arrange for the disposal of them or donate them to charitable organizations. For items you wish to keep, we can arrange for them to be packed and moved. We then work with you to determine a moving schedule.

We can assist in creating a floor plan for items that may be going into a loved ones new home and help your loved one move, unpack and organize. Lastly, we can assist in a final cleaning of your loved onex property as part of our home downsizing and de-cluttering process, which is all geared to help you sell your loved ones property at the maximum value.

Estate Sale and Content Liquidation Services

In addition to our home cleanout services and downsizing, we can help sell and liquidate all your loved ones household contents via an Estate Sale if their contents warrant it. Together we develop realistic fair market value price points for all household contents. We even develop special website pages to market your contents.

As your asset liquidator, we have found that prospective buyers feel that there is a greater perceived value when a professional estate liquidation firm conducts your loved ones household estate sale.

Please note that the market for pre-owned items is entirely based upon the style, age and condition of your contents. As a result, not all things are saleable. Additionally, there will always be two different sets of values to any items. There is the seller’s perceived value, which may have a high emotional and sentimental value, and then there is the potential buyer’s view of the contents value, which is generally very different. Please remember that something is only worth what someone else is willing to pay for it. To learn more, please click here to view a short article we wrote on this subject or click on our Resource link page for a host of other insights into selling pre-owned items, home downsizing, home sales information and elder care.

For more information on our estate sale process, please click here.Estate Sale Services Pennsylvania (PA)

Why Choose Personal Property Managers

We are an award winning organization dedicated to providing personalized services and offering you solutions that are tailored to your specific needs. For more insights, tips and videos please visit our Resource Page in the About us tab.

We tend to your loved ones property and its contents like it was our own. We know that often times a move, a home downsizing or sale can be overwhelming and physically demanding. We can handle everything for you. When you call us, you get us. We are on site at every job. You can rely on us and trust us. With Personal Property Managers…one call does it all. We are Estate Specialists, are licensed Realtors in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and are certified Senior Real Estate Specialist via EveryHome Realty, RS308044 and 1326862. Please call us for a free consultation at 215-485-9272 or 908-368-1909.

Selling a home to Millennial Home Buyers

Tips on selling your home to Millennial Buyers

Tips on selling your home to Millennial Buyers

Want to sell your home in 2020? What do millennial home buyers want in 2020? Why are millennial homebuyers important? These are just a few of the key questions that you should be asking yourself if you want to sell your home this year. It is important to understand what current trends are and how to capitalize on these insights. During this challenging time in the Corona Virus and COVID-19 era, we help families that are unable travel or tend to their property needs by providing a true one-stop resource. We are focused on making life just a little easier for families during often difficult times. With Personal Property Managers, one call does it all.

This is part of an on-going series of real estate articles by Nick Santoro and Joe Santoro of Personal Property Managers who service Pennsylvania and New Jersey and specialize in buying and selling homes, the real estate industry, home content downsizing, property management and estate sales.

Who are they? Home Buyer Profiles for 2020:
• The millennial generation is defined as those who are 36 years old and younger.
• Generation X is 37 to 51
• Younger Boomers are 52 to 61.
• Older Boomers are 62 to 70
• the Silent Generation are aged 71 to 91.

Nick Santoro says, that no matter where you live in the United States, no matter what your profession, background or generation, no doubt you have seen and heard much about the generation called the “millennials.”

Millennials are the people born between 1981 and 1997. It is important to understand certain behavioral patterns shared by most millennials.

Millennials are set to become the largest home buying generation in U.S. history and, more than likely, a millennial may be the next buyer of your home.

Millennial buyers (age 36 years and younger) represent 66% or 2/3 of today’s buyers and were first-time buyers. Over one quarter or 28% of today’s buyers were Gen X buyers (age 37 to 51). So, 92% of today’s buyers were Millennials or Gen X’ers….

Joe Santoro says that in our opinion, millennials have been largely misunderstood by older generations because of the unique way they think and communicate.

At Personal Property Managers, we have been fortunate enough to work with quite a few millennial homebuyers and sellers. Through our experience, we have gained valuable knowledge about the likes, dislikes, expectations and fears of the millennials. Using our firsthand experience, we are happy to share some tips with would-be sellers on how to make your home attractive to millennials.

What do todays buyers what in a home?

If you were asked to guess the top-selling feature in a house, what would you guess? If you said the kitchen, you hit the jackpot. But not just any kitchen says Joe Santoro. Millennials love the concept of a remodeled open kitchen, and light cabinets and white or gray granite countertops are a must. Add stainless-steel appliances, backsplash, cool plumbing fixtures and recessed lighting, and you have a winner.

If it is at all possible to open up your kitchen into your living/dining room, the expense will be well justified, Nick Santoro says.

The next thing millennials pay close attention to is bathrooms. We not only sell a lot of homes but we purchase and flip homes and have noticed that having a remodeled walk-in shower has become a lot more desirable than a traditional tub. Nick says that floor-to-ceiling tile mixed with some inexpensive mosaic designs create the “wow” factor.

Again, soft and light colors are most desired by millennials. Also, don’t shy away from using cool sinks and vanities. They combine nicely with the concept of a modern bathroom.

Now that we have the top two areas covered; kitchens and bathrooms, we’d like to share with you what else in the house can be appealing to a millennial buyer.

Flooring is a big one. Having light wood or laminate in the main living areas makes the space appear larger and aesthetically more pleasing. Carpeting is out for today’s buyers. A relatively newer alternative is the luxury vinyl plank flooring with a wood look. It’s less expensive but just as durable, if not more so, than wood. Neutral off-white, gray or light blue paint is the color of choice for this generation. Crown moldings can add a nice touch.

Technology in the house is also something that resonates with today’s younger buyers. We’re talking about high-tech security systems with touch pads, smart devices like thermostats, the “Ring”-style doorbell/security system and remote-controlled lights and ceiling fans. Even a modern wall-mount electric fireplace can add a lot of character.

What about the outside of your house? What do buyers look for?

Do what’s reasonably possible to add great curb appeal to your house. By far, one of the most important exterior features millennials look at closely is the age of the roof. Having a new roof sometimes makes or breaks the deal. Manicured landscaping and a painted front door and trim can greatly enhance the outside appearance.

What if you can’t afford these upgrades?

We’ve shared with you our personal experience with today’s buyers and you may be thinking by now, “It all sounds great, but it costs a lot of money.” That might be true. But, generally, millennials are willing to pay more for a house that has everything they want. And in today’s market, with such low inventory, they don’t always have the luxury of choice.

If there is no way you can afford remodeling and prepping your house for sale, there is still something you can do that may help you and that doesn’t cost much, if anything. For example, what if you have an outdated kitchen, bathrooms or floors. Why don’t you call a contractor and get estimates for the work, including opening up a kitchen if necessary?

Please remember that in todays market, unlike years ago, when pricing a home, you need to discount the price of the home in line with the work that will need to be done to it. Todays buyers, for the most part, do not have the time, desire or the left over disposable income to do fix up work and needed updating. This is a vast shift from years ago when home buyers were expected to do work on a house. Todays buyers would like to move in on a Saturday and host a party on Sunday…and do nothing to the house. So please factor this in to your home pricing when putting your home on the market.

One really creative way to tackle upgrades without spending any money is to ask contractors for some renderings or “after” pictures of similar kitchens they have done. Having an estimate with the visuals can help the buyer see beyond the current condition and budget for the cost. It’s the fear of the unknown that scares people, and often they think the work will cost more than it really does.

Of course, you would also need to consider making a pricing adjustment to allow the buyers to do the work themselves and still feel that they got a fair price.

More information can be found on who we are and Understanding market Comps via these brief video links

For more insights, tips and videos please visit our Resource Page in the About us tab.For more information on real estate or home downsizing please contact Nick Santoro or Joe Santoro of Personal Property Managers at 215-485-9272 or 908-368-1909. Personal Property Managers specializes in helping home owners transition from their home of many years into a new community. Personal Property Managers services Pennsylvania and New Jersey and offers downsizing services, estate sales services, home staging, discount full service real estate services via its association with EveryHome Realty. Learn more about Personal Property Managers from our recent News Stories.

Top 6 things you can do to keep your home safe when selling it

Securing is top of mind today. This is especially true for homeowners or it should be. With this in mind we have taken the time to share with you our top 6 things you can do to keep you home safe when putting it on the market for sale. This is part of an on-going series of real estate articles by Nick Santoro and Joe Santoro of Personal Property Managers who service Pennsylvania and New Jersey and specialize in real estate, home content downsizing, property management and estate sales. These tips and insights are especially important and true in the environment we are in today, with the global economy turned upside down, massive job losses, and the need for extreme social distancing due to the Corona Virus, which causes the COVID-19 disease. Additionally, during this challenging time in the Corona Virus and COVID-19 era, we help families that are unable travel or tend to their property needs by providing a true one-stop resource. We are focused on making life just a little easier for families during often difficult times. With Personal Property Managers, one call does it all.

1. Stow away valuables. This includes everything from mail left on your kitchen counter (which may contain personal information and bank statements) to such items as jewelry, artwork, cellphones, and gaming systems. Real estate agents can’t protect valuables and likely won’t be following prospective buyers all around the house, especially during a busy open house. You should walk through your house before a showing or open house to make sure everything of value is out of sight.

2. Remove or lock up prescription medications prior to showings. Similar to removing valuables prior to a showing or open house, prescription drugs are another key item to protect.

3. Remove family photos for your safety. Many real estate agents advise sellers to remove family photos as part of the staging process, but removing photos can also help protect your family’s privacy.

4. Make your house safe for buyers and agents. Turn on the lights prior to showings — whether it’s daytime or evening — so that agents and buyers can move safely through the home. It’s important to remove obvious weapons (like guns) before showings, but also not-so-obvious weapons. For example, many homeowners may have a block of knives on their kitchen counter which should be removed for everyone’s safety.

5. Keep the house locked and consider extra monitoring. Doors need to be kept locked at all times. Consider adding deadbolt locks, securing sliding glass doors with bars and extra locks, installing motion-sensor lights for outdoor areas, and check that all windows are locked securely. Look into installing a wireless security system, maybe one that alerts you if motion is detected.

6. Beware of unexpected visitors. When your house is for sale, should you get unexpected visitors at your front door and you weren’t expecting any showings, don’t let them in. This is not the proper procedure for showings. Only real estate professionals who have made an appointment and use the lockbox should gain access to your home.

As a follow-up to this last tip, if something doesn’t feel right, trust your gut. You and your realtor have the right to decline any showing request.

When returning home after a showing or an open house, don’t assume that everyone has left and that the house has been secured. Walk through the entire house, checking each room, as well as all door locks and windows – even on upper levels. If you notice anything that’s missing or possibly damaged, call your realtor immediately.

Nick Santoro, co-founder of Personal Property Managers and a decorated Marine points out that this information is certainly not meant to create fear and mistrust, or to scare homeowners away from selling, but rather to help them and their realtors think practically about the ways to secure homes and valuables, and to maintain everyone’s personal safety.

More information can be found on who we are and lessons for home selling experts via these brief video links

For more insights, tips and videos please visit our Resource Page in the About us tab.For more information on real estate or home downsizing please contact Nick Santoro or Joe Santoro of Personal Property Managers at 215-485-9272 or 908-368-1909. Personal Property Managers specializes in helping home owners transition from their home of many years into a new community. Personal Property Managers services Pennsylvania and New Jersey and offers downsizing services, estate sales services, home staging, discount full service real estate services via its association with EveryHome Realty. Learn more about Personal Property Managers from our recent News Stories.

Balancing Working from Home with Family Life

The world has changed in so many ways since the pandemic and COVID-19 outbreak. Personal and professional lives have been impacted in ways that were unimaginable just a few short months ago. Many of us are now working from home, and with that comes a whole new set of challenges. We wanted to share some tips and insights that we have learned in managing the delicate balance of working from home while juggling family and social needs.  

This is part of an on-going series of articles by Nick Santoro and Joe Santoro of Personal Property Managers ( www.personalpropertymanagers.com ) who service Pennsylvania and New Jersey and specialize in real estate, home content downsizing, senior transition services, property management and estate sales, but we mainly work with families to assist them during times of transition.

Working from home can blur the lines between your personal and professional life.  For those of you who are now working from home, we are sure that you have experience the challenges of being on a work call or zoom video meeting and having the dog barking in the background or the baby crying or the TV blasting in the next room. Additionally, it’s often difficult to stop working at the end of the day. So where do you draw the line? This imbalance can lead to elevated stress levels and unhealthy habits, not to mention social and family isolation.

So here is a list of tips that we have found to help give you some balance and peace while working from home:

  • Declutter and organize your home so you’re not distracted by any mess when trying to focus on work.
  • Set some ground rules for family members and let them know that when you are home working that being interrupted is not OK; that you are working and will be happy to be with them after your work is done.
  • Loneliness, disconnect, and isolation are common problems in remote work life, especially for extroverts. Stay as connected as possible with friends and family with simple phone calls, walks in the park, Facetime or Zoom virtual contact. Remember we are all in this together. Let’s support one another.
  • Don’t eat where you work. This not only keeps your workspace clean but also sets a boundary between the places where you work and relax.
  • Break the monotony of working from home and do some stuff differently
  • Don’t share your workspace with others in your household. Each person should have a dedicated workspace. Ideally, in different rooms.
  • Create structures in your day that prioritize your wellness. Don’t forget to get up and move and exercise.
  • Stick to morning routine you had in normal times as much as possible. Make your bed, shower, go out and grab a cup of coffee, change out of sweatpants.
  • Plan healthy meals for the week so you’re not snacking and frequently just because you’re steps away from your kitchen
  • Set alarms on your phone or your smart watch to remind yourself to stand up and stretch, take a lunch break, or go outside for a walk
  • Keep your business-related materials in a dedicated workspace
  • Save housework for dedicated time outside of working hours
  • Set a firm time to stop working and create a to do list for the next day. This will help you avoid working long into the night
  • We know it’s difficult to go out to a restaurant or bar or even be with extended family and friends, so try planning some virtual social time. Try Zoom video calls or Facetime calls to friends and family. Stay connected even if you cannot do it in person.
    Avoid electronics after your work is done for the day.  Don’t get stuck into the habit of watching TV all night after working on the computer all day. Get up, get out and move.
  • Try to go to bed at the same time every night. Before falling asleep, listen to soothing music or use a mediation app instead of scrolling through your phone.
  • Exercise. Exercise. Exercise. This can take shape in many forms like biking or simply walking but do it; do something to get the blood flowing and relieve pressure and stress of being cooped up in the house. It can also be a good family thing to do.

Family and safety is of utmost importance today more than ever. So if you are thinking about moving, downsizing or are the administrator of a family estate and need help during this transition, give us a call. With Personal Property Managers…one call does it all.

For more insights, tips and videos please visit our Resource Page in the About us tab.For more information on real estate or home downsizing please contact Nick Santoro or Joe Santoro of Personal Property Managers at 215-485-9272 or 908-368-1909. Personal Property Managers specializes in helping home owners transition from their home of many years into a new community. Personal Property Managers services Pennsylvania and New Jersey and offers downsizing services, estate sales services, home staging, discount full service real estate services via its association with EveryHome Realty. Learn more about Personal Property Managers from our recent News Stories.

How to Prevent Caregiver Burnout – Useful Tips and Insights

How to Prevent Caregiver Burnout

Tips and insights into caring for the Caregiver

Bucks County Home Downsizing

Helping Seniors Move in PA NJWe often work with families where adult children are caregivers of their aging parents. This is an extremely stressful time. In many cases it may require virtually 24 hour care. There is a huge role reversal and in many cases it is emotionally draining and overwhelming for the adult caregivers.

Keeping a balance and maintaining good mental health is extremely important during these difficult times. While we are not health care or medical professionals, we often work with adult children and caregivers and have developed keen insights and tips that you may find helpful.

This is part of a continuing series of articles and helpful tips and insights into senior care and senior transition services by Nick Santoro and Joe Santoro of Personal Property Managers. Personal Property Managers specializes in senior transition services such as home downsizing, content clean-out and removal services, estate home content sales, full service discount real estate services as well as moving services. We just try and make life just a little easier for families going through challenging times with our one-stop services. Our services, and these tips and insights are especially important in the environment we are in today, with the global economy turned upside down, massive job losses, and the need for extreme social distancing due to the Corona Virus, which causes the COVID-19 disease. We are happy to help you in any way we can. With Personal Property Managers….one call does it all.

Here are some helpful tips that will relieve stress and boost your health:

1. Take care of yourself by getting regular checkups and eating healthy.

2. Combine two things that are good for you: exercise and companionship. While someone else watches over Dad, go for a bike ride with a friend or play ball with your kids.

3. Get a good nights sleep. If possible, share nighttime responsibilities with someone else so you can get yourself to bed at a decent hour.

4. Laughter helps relieve stress and release positive emotions.

5. Combine a stress reliever with care giving tasks such as listening to music or watching videos while cooking dinner for Mom, doing laundry or paying her bills.

Tips for preventing caregiver burnout:

1. Ask others to help. Don’t think you’re the only one capable of helping your loved one. Ask around for help. Find out if a friend, neighbor or relative will chip in on the chores.

2. Take time for yourself each day by indulging in a good book for a half hour or taking a short nap. Or do something special for yourself each week, like a movie or shopping with a friend, or taking a long walk.

3. Take advantage of the many formal or informal services you can find.

4. Set limits on how much time and effort you can physically and mentally devote to care giving.

5. Let it all out… share your feelings of sadness or grief with a good friend, family member, spiritual advisor, professional counselor or anyone you can trust.

Keep hassles and small details in perspective. If the carpet doesn’t get vacuumed today, dinner is served later than usual or the laundry waits until tomorrow, that’s OK. Need time for personal affairs, to get rest or to simply take a break?

Taking care of yourself is the best thing you can do for you and those you care for, so take it seriously.

We have also contributed useful information on this subject by writing on topics such as Caring for our Aging Population, How to Recognize Signs of Decline in our Aging Population and the Cost of Senior Care and your Options

For more insights, tips and videos please visit our Resource Page in the About us tab.

For more information on real estate or home downsizing please contact Nick Santoro or Joe Santoro of Personal Property Managers at 215-485-9272 or 908-368-1909. Personal Property Managers specializes in helping home owners transition from their home of many years into a new community. Personal Property Managers services Pennsylvania and New Jersey and offers downsizing services, estate sales services, home staging, discount full service real estate services via its association with EveryHome Realty. Learn more about Personal Property Managers from our recent News Stories.

Top 10 Home Downsizing Tips

Top 10 Home Downsizing Tips

10 tips for downsizing your home.

Helping Seniors Move in PA NJAre you thinking about home content downsizing, moving, cleaning out a loved ones home? Where do you begin? These top 10 downsizing tips by Joe Santoro and Nick Santoro of Personal Property Managers will help you with the process. Personal Property Managers, services New Jersey and Pennsylvania and specialized in home downsizing, home clean-outs, estate sales, full service discount real estate services and property management services. These tips and insights are especially important and true in the environment we are in today, with the global economy turned upside down, massive job losses, and the need for extreme social distancing due to the Corona Virus, which causes the COVID-19 disease. Additionally, during this challenging time in the Corona Virus and COVID-19 era, we help families that are unable travel or tend to their property needs by providing a true one-stop resource. We are focused on making life just a little easier for families during often difficult times. With Personal Property Managers, one call does it all.

These 90 videos will also give you some additional insights into making your life easier during the home downsizing process:

Downsizing support for Caregivers

Home Clean out and downsizing Services

How to downsize and declutter

Does my stuff have any value? Will someone want to buy it?

Top 10 Home Downsizing Tips

1. Write a list of all the items you love and can’t part with; it will help you to discard the things that did not make your list.

2. Start going through your belongings at least three months before the move. Take some time each day, or a morning each week, to go through that jammed coat closet and overflowing filing cabinet. Make sure to take out all important documents. Put them in a safe place.

3. Get a feel for the size of your new home and the size of the room and compare them to your home. You may think you can squeeze in items from your old home into your new home and that may not be the case… so measure each room to compare and contrast.

4. Go through items in your home that don’t have as much sentimental value. Take the kitchen, for example; most people don’t need 10 mixing bowls and won’t get teary-eyed over losing a second spatula. If you’re downsizing from a house to a condo, target the garage. Snow shovels, the lawn mower, ladders – you won’t need any of them. Please remember that when discarding unwanted items that not all trash companies or local municipalities will take items such as TV’s, air conditioners, refrigerators, tires, paints and old computers. Check with your local providers and townships for more details.

5. Consider recycling or donating unwanted items. Recycle, reuse, sell and donate instead. Don’t be afraid to ask your neighbors if they can use any of the small items in your house (cleaning products for example) instead of just throwing them away.

6. Label your packing boxes… decide which ones you want to Keep or Sell or Donate. Just a rule of thumb… when downsizing…only keep about half of your current belongings. Charities are a great way to get rid of unwanted items. Some charities will even come out to your property and pick them up (depending on condition of the item as well as the size)

7. Don’t be afraid to ask others for their opinion. If you can’t decide whether to keep or get rid of a specific item, don’t be shy in asking for a second opinion either from family, friend or neighbor.

8. Be very mindful that when selling your goods, they will not sell anywhere close to what you originally paid for it.

9. Sketch out and map out a floor plan to prearrange your furniture before the move. This is another useful reality check. To start, draw plans if you don’t have any, and sketch in a furniture layout. Don’t wait until after you move to contend with.

10. Once you get to the packing stage, use a system to organize all of your boxes. There are many ways to help organize your move, but one way is to choose a color for each room and mark the boxes destined for that room with a coordinating color sticker. Another option is to do it numerically so each room will have a number.

Downsizing and home clean-outs can be a physically and emotionally draining process for anyone, especially when dealing with the passing of a loved one. Please keep this in mind. Often times we find that people are just overwhelmed and don’t know even where to begin. That’s where we can help. Give us a call and we will take care of it for you.

For more insights, tips and videos please visit our Resource Page in the About us tab.

For more information on real estate or home downsizing please contact Nick Santoro or Joe Santoro of Personal Property Managers at 215-485-9272 or 908-368-1909. Personal Property Managers specializes in helping home owners transition from their home of many years into a new community. Personal Property Managers services Pennsylvania and New Jersey and offers downsizing services, estate sales services, home staging, discount full service real estate services via its association with EveryHome Realty. Learn more about Personal Property Managers from our recent News Stories.

Why can’t I sell my stuff?

Moving? Downsizing? Why can’t I sell my home contents? Who wants my stuff?

Insights and Tips on the home content re-sale market

Bucks County Home Downsizing

As home cleanout and content liquidation specialists, we are contacted multiple times each day from people who are either moving, downsizing, settling an estate or handling the affairs of an elderly loved and want to clean out their house and sell their home contents. Most of the people who call, begin by telling us they have a variety of items ranging from kitchen sets, living room sets, bedroom sets, china cabinets filled with all kinds of things and believe that buyers will want to flock to their home for a chance to buy their contents.

Let’s face it, we all think our home is worth a million bucks and the things that we have accumulated over the years are beautiful and everyone will them…right? Wrong.

These four 90 second videos will give you further insight into trying to sell you home contents or considering an estate sale.

Estate Sale and Content Liquidation Services

Trying to Sell my Home Contents….Do they have any value?

We sell and liquidate the contents of your home

How to sell the contents of your home

In addition to the challenges of trying to sell your home contents as noted in this article and in our videos, we are now dealing with the Corona Virus and extreme social distancing. So ask yourself, in this day and age, would you want to go to a strangers home and buy pre-owned furniture? Probably not. Then on top of that, what most sellers never think of is the logistics and cost of simply moving an item from a sellers home to a buyers home? Who pays for that? This has to be factored into the selling price, if there is even a demand or interest in todays environment.

Things have really changed over the last few years. Items that people thought were valuable years ago, such as collectable figurines or china cabinets filled with plates and glassware are no longer in style. Furniture that is still functional but is 20 years old is just not in style or in demand today. We have found that 50 is the magic age. People over the age of 50 already have many of the things that people want to sell and do not want any more of it. People under age 50 simply do not have interest in many of the things that people want to sell. It all boils down to style, age, condition and desirability. We always tell people that it does not matter what you paid for it…something is only worth what someone else is willing to pay for it.

This is part of a continuing series of helpful articles from Joe Santoro and Nick Santoro of Personal Property Managers to assist you in home downsizing, content liquidation and full service discount real estate services. Personal Property Managers services clients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. These tips and insights are especially important and true in the environment we are in today, with the global economy turned upside down, massive job losses, and the need for extreme social distancing due to the Corona Virus, which causes the COVID-19 disease. Additionally, during this challenging time in the Corona Virus and COVID-19 era, we help families that are unable travel or tend to their property needs by providing a true one-stop resource. We are focused on making life just a little easier for families during often difficult times. With Personal Property Managers, one call does it all.

Our clients are often shocked to find out that no one in their family wants their china or old dining room set, but they still believe that someone else will certainly want it. Doesn’t it tell you something when your own family or friends don’t want your stuff?

Millennials and Gen Xers are resistant to the influx of furniture, kitchenware, and general stuff that comes with their parents’ downsizing.

Parents are often frustrated that they cannot even donate it. Then there is the challenge of content disposal and the transportation of it. When folks tell us their stuff is 20 or 30 years old, we have to tell them that there is little to no value to it. They often then get frustrated and don’t want to pay for the transportation costs associated with loading, driving and unloading their stuff just to get rid of it.

What about antiques? Unfortunately, the antique market has dropped off dramatically for all the same reasons. The younger generation just does not have the interest that there was some 15 to 20 years ago with antiques. So what is hot? Its furniture and items that are more contemporary in style and age. Items that are 3 – 7 years old and in great condition still have a market. This is typically called transitional furniture. We always ask people, how much would you pay for a 20 year old couch? If the answer is, I would not…or maybe $20…well then you really have your answer…don’t you?

It’s not all that surprising when you think about it. For one thing, younger generations might not have the space to store table service for 12. The average age of homeownership has been pushed back, and the number of millennials who own homes is at a record low.

Experts say it’s partly economic — 20- and 30-somethings buckling under student-loan debt and having trouble securing work right out of school don’t have the disposable income for many of the traditional life markers, like buying a home or getting married — but these grown kids may also have different value systems. On top of this 40 and 50-year-old parents are struggling with trying to figure out how to pay for their kids’ college and are nervous with today’s ever changing job market.

Consider some of the movements of the past few years:

Tiny houses. Tiny houses are less costly and have extremely limited storage. But that’s not deterring the people flocking to more-limited living space.
Scaled down capsule wardrobes. One of the hottest trends in the fashion blogosphere in the past few years is the capsule wardrobe, in which you wear only a fraction of the clothes you own, ultimately aiming to isolate those you no longer need.

Early retirement. The way people retire is changing, and some people are doing it earlier than ever through a combination of aggressive frugality and extreme saving.

Renting everything. Many younger adults see the appeal of renting everything, including homes phones and cars; and companies are happy to help them do it.
Experiences over things. Psychological research has repeatedly found that spending money on experiences rather than tangible things makes people happier, a concept embraced by 20- and 30-somethings, some of whom even cast aside traditional jobs and lifestyles to travel the world.

Large expenses – College bills and Credit card debt. Both parents and younger adults do not have the disposable income that was available years ago due to large college loans and ever-growing credit card debt

Low cost new furniture. The market place is flooded with new and lower priced furniture that is more in line with today’s style and preferences. It may not last as long as the well-made furniture of the past, but today’s buyers get bored with their furniture after 7 to 10 years and would rather buy new furniture and change the look of their home more frequently.

The younger adult generations simply want something different from their parents.

The good news is that we can help clean-out your house, help downsize family’s homes and liquidate your contents for items that are saleable and in demand. We offer on-site estate sale services and can remove contents and sell them via our array of proprietary resources.

For more insights, tips and videos please visit our Resource Page in the About us tab.

For more information on real estate or home downsizing please contact Nick Santoro or Joe Santoro of Personal Property Managers at 215-485-9272 or 908-368-1909. Personal Property Managers specializes in helping home owners transition from their home of many years into a new community. Personal Property Managers services Pennsylvania and New Jersey and offers downsizing services, estate sales services, home staging, discount full service real estate services via its association with EveryHome Realty. Learn more about Personal Property Managers from our recent News Stories.

Finally…one stop senior downsizing and Real Estate Services

Senior Transition – Downsizing and Cleanout Services

We are senior real estate, downsizing and home cleanout service specialists. We help seniors, caregivers and their loved ones transition from current living environments to senior communities, assisted living, nursing homes or retirement living. We are a one-stop solution helping clients sell their home, while taking care of all downsizing, de-cluttering, clean up, charitable donations of belongings, and selling home contents.

As licensed realtors and certified discount Senior Real Estate Specialists via our association with EveryHome Realty, we can help you sell and maximize the value of your home and can handle everything relating to your move. We have developed a special 2020 best-in-class portfolio of services, with the knowledge and experience to assist you or your caregiver to help you move forward. Click here for tips and insights. Read our latest News Story to learn more about us.

We appreciate that a senior’s home represents a lifetime of hard work and fond memories. We are mindful that a move for a senior citizen has many financial and emotional considerations. We provide the one-stop solution you are looking for.

We offer 6 primary services to help families or executors. They are:

  • Full Service discount Real Estate sales
  • Home Downsizing, de-cluttering, and cleanout services
  • Estate sale and content liquidation services
  • Property repairs and maintenance services
  • Absentee home watch services
  • Home rental services.

Our one-stop senior real estate services saves you time, money and reduces the stress and headaches associated with transitioning from independent living to assisted living or retirement care.

We are Alzheimer Association volunteer support group faciliators. We also work with and recommend A Place for Mom as a resource for finding senior housing and care options.

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How Our Process Works

We begin by meeting with you or your caregiver personally. This allows us to understand your personal needs. A personal and comfortable fit built on understanding and trust is very important. As you can imagine each client has unique and special needs, thus we tailor our solutions to meet your individualized needs and circumstances. From this point, we begin to develop a customized program to meet your specific goals.

As certified discount Senior Real Estate Specialists, we then conduct a comprehensive market analysis, which will help give you a feel for the value of your home. Inclusive in this analysis, will be an assessment of the condition of the property, which will have a significant impact on the value of the home. This drives the marketing strategy needed to help us sell your property. We then will evaluate the contents of the property with you to ascertain what you wish to keep, give to friends and family, donate, shed, discard or move to your new home. A full inventory is done at this time and is sorted based on your direction to us.

For items of value, we will coordinate an appraisal and help you sell off some of your contents to help defray costs.

For items you wish to part with, we will arrange for the disposal of them (working in compliance with local laws and ordinances) or donate them to charitable organizations. For items you wish to keep, we can arrange for them to be packed and moved. We then work with you to determine a moving schedule.

Please note that the market for pre-owned items is entirely based upon the style, age and condition of your contents. As a result, not all things are saleable. Additionally, there will always be two different sets of values to any items. There is the seller’s perceived value, which may have a high emotional and sentimental value, and then there is the potential buyer’s view of the contents value, which is generally very different. Please remember that something is only worth what someone else is willing to pay for it. To learn more, please click here to view a short article we wrote on this subject or click on our Resource link page for a host of other insights into selling pre-owned items, home downsizing, home sales information and elder care.

We can even assist in creating a floor plan for items going into your new home and help you move, unpack and organize. Lastly, we can assist in a final cleaning of your property as part of the downsizing and de-cluttering process which is all geared to help us to help you sell your property at the maximum value.

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Why Choose Personal Property Managers

We are an award winning organization dedicated to providing personalized services and offering you solutions that are tailored to your specific needs. For more insights, tips and videos please visit our Resource Page in the About us tab.

We tend to your property and its contents like it was our own. We know that often times a move, a home downsizing or sale can be overwhelming and physically demanding. We can handle everything for you. When you call us, you get us. We are on site at every job. You can rely on us and trust us. With Personal Property Managers…one call does it all. We are Estate Specialists, are licensed Realtors in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and are certified Senior Real Estate Specialist via EveryHome Realty, RS308044 and 1326862. Please call us for a free consultation at 215-485-9272 or 908-368-1909.

Extreme Hoarder Home Clean Out

Hoarder Home Downsizing and Real Estate Services

Is your home completely jammed with stuff? Have you accumulated just way too much stuff over the years, and can no longer move safely about your home? Are you a caregiver for an adult loved one that may need to transition from their home of many years into a senior care community but the house is just completely jammed with things accumulated over a lifetime? Do you need to sell your loved ones home, but cannot due to an overwhelming amount of debris? Are you an executor of an estate that is occupied by a hoarder and now need to clean it out to move on to the next phase? Do you feel overwhelmed and do not know where to begin? No problem. We can help. We are hoarder home, and extreme cleanout and home downsizing specialists, servicing Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We provide you with a one-stop solution. Our single source solution provides you with total peace of mind. We know that the process of extreme home downsizing, moving, selling and buying a new home is physically and mentally exhausting. With Personal Property Managers, one call does it all. We handle all your hoarder home and extreme property content downsizing, de-cluttering, content liquidation and real estate sale needs. Our goal is to help get your home market ready for sale and help you obtain its highest value. We provide special 2020 best-in-class portfolio of services to assist you.

During this challenging time in the Corona Virus and COVID-19 era, we help families that are unable travel or tend to their property needs by providing a true one-stop resource. We are focused on making life just a little easier for families during often difficult times. With Personal Property Managers, one call does it all. Â

We service Pennsylvania, and the counties of Bucks, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Delaware, Chester and the Main Line. In New Jersey, we service the counties of Hunterdon, Mercer, Monmouth, Morris, Burlington, Middlesex, Union, Ocean, Essex and Somerset.

We offer 6 primary services to help families or executors. They are:

  • Full Service discount Real Estate sales
  • Home Downsizing, de-cluttering, and cleanout services
  • Estate sale and content liquidation services
  • Property repairs and maintenance services
  • Absentee home watch services
  • Home rental services.

We also offer discount real estate services via our association with EveryHome Realty. Learn more about Personal Property Managers from our recent News Stories.

Bucks County Home Downsizing

Home Downsizing Services

How Our Process Works

We begin by meeting with you personally. This allows us to understand your personal needs and for us to develop a tailored solution to meet your individual goals. We offer extreme cleaning and extreme home cleanout services, removing contents from hoarder homes to multi-million dollar homes.

As certified Senior Real Estate Specialist, we then conduct a comprehensive market analysis, which will help give you a feel for the value of your home, your contents and their value. We then will evaluate the contents of the property with you to ascertain what you wish to keep, give to friends and family, donate, shed, discard or move to your new home. A full inventory is done at this time and is sorted based on your direction to us. This allows us to begin the home cleanout and staging for you.

For items of value, we can facilitate an Estate Sale or help remove contents and liquidate them.

For items you wish to part with, we will arrange for the disposal of them or donate them to charitable organizations. For items you wish to keep, we can arrange for them to be packed and moved. We then work with you to determine a moving schedule.

We can assist in creating a floor plan for items that may be going into a new home and help you move, unpack and organize. Lastly, we can assist in a final cleaning of your property as part of our home downsizing and de-cluttering process, which is all geared to help you sell your property at the maximum value.

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Estate Sale and Content Liquidation Services

In addition to our home cleanout services and downsizing, we can help sell and liquidate all your household contents via an Estate Sale if your contents warrant it. Together we develop realistic fair market value price points for all household contents. We even develop special website pages to market your contents.

As your asset liquidator, we have found that prospective buyers feel that there is a greater perceived value when a professional estate liquidation firm conducts your household estate sale.

Please note that the market for pre-owned items is entirely based upon the style, age and condition of your contents. As a result, not all things are saleable. Additionally, there will always be two different sets of values to any items. There is the seller’s perceived value, which may have a high emotional and sentimental value, and then there is the potential buyer’s view of the contents value, which is generally very different. Please remember that something is only worth what someone else is willing to pay for it. To learn more, please click here to view a short article we wrote on this subject or click on our Resource link page for a host of other insights into selling pre-owned items, home downsizing, home sales information and elder care.

For more information on our estate sale process, please click here.

Estate Sale Services Pennsylvania (PA)

Why Choose Personal Property Managers

We are an award winning organization dedicated to providing personalized services and offering you solutions that are tailored to your specific needs. For more insights, tips and videos please visit our Resource Page in the About us tab.

We tend to your property and its contents like it was our own. We know that often times a move, a home downsizing or sale can be overwhelming and physically demanding. We can handle everything for you. When you call us, you get us. We are on site at every job. You can rely on us and trust us. With Personal Property Managers…one call does it all. We are Estate Specialists, are licensed Realtors in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and are certified Senior Real Estate Specialist via EveryHome Realty, RS308044 and 1326862. Please call us for a free consultation at 215-485-9272 or 908-368-1909.

Special Home Seller Program

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Special Home Seller Acceleration Program

We have designed a special Home Seller Acceleration program to help reduce your property’s days-on-market and assist you in attaining your most favorable selling price.

  • Seller Acceleration Program
  • Reduce days on market
  • Market ready
  • Reduced real estate commissions.
  • One stop solution
  • Discount real estate services PA and NJ

We offer leading edge learning and technology along with full service discount real estate services in Pennsylvania and New Jersey to help you sell your property in the fastest times possible and at the best price possible. We are uniquely positioned to take advantage of the changing real estate market in 2020 and have adapted and implemented new programs and technology needed especially now in the age of the Cornoa Virus and COVID-19. Conditions have shifted to more of a balanced approach between buyers and sellers due to historic low interest rates, low inventory levels and low consumer confidence. To successfully sell a property today, sellers need to pay special attention to the condition of their property. Buyers can be a lot more selective. Properties must be made “Market Ready” meaning they must be aesthetically appealing inside and out.

During this challenging time in the Corona Virus and COVID-19 era, we help families that are unable travel or tend to their property needs by providing a best in class one-stop resources and technology to help our clients sell their property at the optimum price point. We are focused on making life just a little easier for families during often difficult times. With Personal Property Managers, one call does it all.

We are a licensed Realtor via EveryHome Realty, RS308044 and 1326862. We are an award winning Veteran owned company offering 2020 best in class services, especially designed to help you sell your home quicker and maximize the value of your home. We can help make your home market ready via our home downsizing, cleanout, de-cluttering and content liquidation services and then combine this wth leading edge techonology to help you sell your home. We know of no other service that truly offers a one-stop solution for maximizing your home selling value. Click here to learn more from our BLOG or to send us your comments. Click here for Personal Property Managers NEWS STORY.

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Special Home Seller Acceleration Program

If you’re a busy home owner, a senior in lifestyle transition or an investment property owner and need to downsize or make improvements to your property in order to get it market ready and attain top selling dollars and don’t know where to turn or who to trust, you’re in luck. Personal Property Managers is your one-call solution to handle all of your property renovations, upgrades and Market Ready needs. We specialize in handling all of your property needs and have the technology and know how to sell your home. With PPM we can be your eyes and ears, attending to all your propeprty improvement needs. We manage and oversee all of your day-to-day property market ready, renovation and remodeling needs. We can document work done on your home or investment property and post it on our special web site.

Think how easy it will be for you to have one single-point-of-contact to handle all of your work. Now, you no longer need to contact multiple service providers. With Personal Property Managers one call does it all. We are fully insured and personally manage your property and your projects, coordinate and supervise contractors, and focus on completing tasks that you do not have time for. We combine this special hands on market ready service with the latest in technology to maximize the visibility and positioning of your help to help you sell it quicker and at the best price.

Our Process

We will personally come out to your home or investment property for an on-site assessment of your market ready needs. We will provide you a “ballpark” estimate of any work that may need to be done and an analysis of the market comps and value of your home. If this is in line with your budget and expectations, we will then match our crews to meet your market ready needs to complete your project. We will then be on site to manage your project and report to you progress and next steps. We act as an advocate for you. We provide a complete one-call solution to handle all your home, investment property or commercial property needs. When we are completed with our market ready services, we will then transition into our marketing aspect utilizing the latest video and social media channels to help promote your property.

Affordability

Personal Property Managers is mindful of the budgetary reality of getting your property ready for sale. Our special Home Seller Acceleration Service, and senior life stye transition, downsizing and de-cluttering services allow you the convenience of having us on-site conducting property inspections, and digitally reporting them to you without the high cost of hiring full-time help. We help you maximize the selling price on your home with our use of technology and social media usage.

Services Provided

We believe that the key to our success in our Market Ready Services is in the personal relationships that we have developed with our customers. We are here to help you turn over your property as quickly as possible. Our services are designed to protect the value of your property and provide you with peace-of-mind and more time to do the things that you enjoy. Let us help you take care of the things that you just don’t have the time to do. We are home sale acceleration specialists, focusing on properties in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. PA HIC PA03195.

World Wide Access

Our combination of technology, video, social media expertise and on-site personnel, allows us to be there when you cannot. Through our use of Internet technology, we can document and report the progress of your work along with any major renovations or repairs. You can see the progress of your work and our marketing efforts from anywhere in the world via our exclusive Internet access. Imagine how comfortable you will feel seeing the on-line progress of your home, investment property or commercial property, while you are tending to other important activities or off traveling. Now you can relax and leave the details to us.

We service Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Discount real estate services and commissions in Bucks County, Montgomery County. the Lehigh Valley, the Delaware Valley, Philadelphia, Delaware County, Chester County. We service Northern New Jersey, Central New Jersey, South Jersey.

Call us today to learn more about our full service discount real estate services for Pennsylvania and NJ .

Real Estate Tips and Insights (Home Buying and Selling Tips):

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Why Choose Personal Property Managers

We are an award winning Veteran owned organization dedicated to providing personalized services and offering you solutions that are tailored to your specific needs. For more insights, tips and videos please visit our Resource Page in the About us tab.

We tend to your property and its contents like it was our own. We know that often times a move, a home downsizing or sale can be overwhelming and physically demanding. We can handle everything for you. When you call us, you get us. We are on site at every job. You can rely on us and trust us. With Personal Property Managers…one call does it all. We are Estate Specialists, are licensed Realtors in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and are certified Senior Real Estate Specialist via EveryHome Realty, RS308044 and 1326862. Please call us for a free consultation at 215-485-9272 or 908-368-1909.