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

Home Downsizing Tips PA NJAs 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 in 2022. 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.

This is part of our 2022 best in class series of articles by Nick Santoro and Joe Santoro of Personal Property Managers, who service Pennsylvania and New Jersey and specialize in real estate, property management, home content downsizing and estate sale services. 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. Additionally, during this challenging time 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 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.

So does this mean you can not sell your pre-owned home contents? No. Absolutely not. You may be able to sell your older unwanted items, but understand that todays buyers tend to want more updated and contemporary items reflective of todays styles. Additionally, todays home owners tend to want a more simplified look and feel and not want many items that were popular years ago. So be realistic. When we conduct an on-site estate sale and content liquidation sale, we need to have a sufficient amount of quality and quantity of items to sell to justify the time and effort that goes into promoting a successful estate sale. This will give you an example of how we design special web marketing specificially to promote your estate sale (click here). This will give you a good feel for the effort and expertise that we put into every estate sale we do. In addition, we also provide signage, security, staffing and so much more. Additional info is found on our estate sale and content liquidation page (click here). So, please consider these facts and insights when you are contemplating your deisire to sell your contents.

How about trying to sell your household items on your own?

Are we saying that you cannot sell items in your home? No. Absolutely not. We are just trying to share with you insights into what is most desirable to buyers today and the dynamics of the market today. Naturally, you can trying to sell your household contents yourself, but be aware of the challenges you will face. Do you want strangers in your house? Be prepared for people who express interest to just not show up even when you feel you have a confirmed appointment. Be prepared for people who may show up, for them not to have the money to pay for the item that you agreed to over the phone or online. Be prepared for people to cancel appointments multiple times while you are on your way to meet them. So, it is not easy, but it is not impossible. Just be prepared.

OK, so if you cannot sell your stuff most people will say they will just contact a local charity and they will come over and pick it up; right? Wrong. Sorry. With the COVID environment we are in, charities are hesitant to come into your home. Then you have put yourself in the shoes of the buyer. Would you want to buy someone else items in this COVID era? Lastly, keep in mind that charities have a limited amount of physical space, so it is highly unlikely that they will come over and remove items that your own family did not want or that you could not sell. We know this may sound harsh, but it is true. On a worse case scenario, we can remove all your unwanted contents and help you cleanout and downsize your home and or get it market ready for sale.

Further information and perspective, especially in these changing times is noted below.

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. The simple test we ask people to do is invite friends and family over to let them take what they want. You’ll be surprised by the reaction you get. The majority of folks will say thanks but no thanks and will take nothing. Yes, it’s sad but true.

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.

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.

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.

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 2022 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.

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 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.

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.

Bucks County Home Downsizing

Home Downsizing Services

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.

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.

Estate Executors – Help and Resources

Estate Executor – Home Downsizing, Content Liquidation and Real Estate Services

Are you the executor of an estate? If you are in charge of helping to liquidate and sell the contents of a loved ones home, or need to downsize and declutter the property to get it market ready for sale, then you know how physically, mentally and emotionally draining this can be. Do you need to conduct an estate content assessment to evaluate the value of an estates contents and have it photographed and documented? Do you feel overwhelmed and do not know where to begin? Are you looking for a one-stop resource to provide assistance? No problem. We can help. We specialize in providing a one stop, single source solution to help executors take care of all the work with home downsizing, decluttering, getting a home market ready for sale, providing full service discount real estate services, and in helping to liquidate the contents of a loved ones home. We service Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We provide estate executors with total peace of mind. We know the process of downsizing, moving, selling a loved ones home can be 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 executors with our downsizing and decluttering to obtain the highest value for their loved ones home. We provide special 2022 best-in-class portfolio of services to assist families.

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

Home Downsizing Services

How Our Process Works

We begin by meeting with you and your loved ones families personally. This allows us to understand your estates 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 and the estate a better feel for the value of the home, its contents and their value. We then will evaluate the contents of the property with you and the estate to ascertain what you and the estate wish to keep, give to friends and family, donate, shed, discard or move to a 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 or the estate wish to part with, we will arrange for the disposal of them or donate them to charitable organizations. For items you or the estate wish to keep, we can arrange for them to be packed and moved. We then work with you or the estate to determine a moving schedule.

Lastly, we can assist in a final cleaning of you loved ones estate as part of our home downsizing and de-cluttering process, which is all geared to help you and the estate sell the property at the maximum value.

Estate Sale Services New Jersey (NJ)

Estate Sale and Content Liquidation Services

In addition to home downsizing and clean outs, we can help sell and liquidate all your estates household contents We work with you and the estate to identify which items you wish to sell, donate or dispose of. Together we develop realistic fair market value price points for all household contents. We even develop special website pages to market your estates contents.

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

Please note that the market for pre-owned items is entirely based upon the style, age and condition of your clients 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 your clients solutions that are tailored to their specific needs. For more insights, tips and videos please visit our Resource Page in the About us tab.

We tend to your estates 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 and your estate. 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

We can help you sell your home faster at a higher price

Special Home Seller Acceleration Program

We have designed a special 2022 Home Seller Acceleration program to help reduce your property’s days-on-market and assist you in attaining your most favorable selling price. We provide full service discount Real Estate Services, with emphasis on:

  • 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 2022 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 and provide full service discount Real Estate Service. We are an award winning Veteran owned company offering 2022 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.

Bucks County Home Downsizing
Property Seller Services PA NJ

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.

We proudly 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, Middlesex, Union, Ocean, Burlington, Essex and Somerset.

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.

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.

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):

Estate Sale Services Pennsylvania (PA)

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.

Sell your home for more. How? We make it easy.

Special Home Seller Acceleration Program

We have designed a special 2022 Home Seller Acceleration program to help reduce your property’s days-on-market and assist you in attaining your most favorable selling price. We provide full service discount Real Estate Services, with emphasis on:

  • 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 2022 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 and provide full service discount Real Estate Service. We are an award winning Veteran owned company offering 2022 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.

Bucks County Home Downsizing

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.

We proudly 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, Middlesex, Union, Ocean, Burlington, Essex and Somerset.

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.

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.

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):

Estate Sale Services Pennsylvania (PA)

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.

Estate Executor Services

Estate Executor – Home Downsizing, Content Liquidation and Real Estate Services

Are you the executor of an estate? If you are in charge of helping to liquidate and sell the contents of a loved ones home, or need to downsize and declutter the property to get it market ready for sale, then you know how physically, mentally and emotionally draining this can be. Do you need to conduct an estate content assessment to evaluate the value of an estates contents and have it photographed and documented? Do you feel overwhelmed and do not know where to begin? Are you looking for a one-stop resource to provide assistance? No problem. We can help. We specialize in providing a one stop, single source solution to help executors take care of all the work with home downsizing, decluttering, getting a home market ready for sale, providing full service discount real estate services, and in helping to liquidate the contents of a loved ones home. We service Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We provide estate executors with total peace of mind. We know the process of downsizing, moving, selling a loved ones home can be 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 executors with our downsizing and decluttering to obtain the highest value for their loved ones home. We provide special 2022 best-in-class portfolio of services to assist families.

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 and your loved ones families personally. This allows us to understand your estates 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 and the estate a better feel for the value of the home, its contents and their value. We then will evaluate the contents of the property with you and the estate to ascertain what you and the estate wish to keep, give to friends and family, donate, shed, discard or move to a 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 or the estate wish to part with, we will arrange for the disposal of them or donate them to charitable organizations. For items you or the estate wish to keep, we can arrange for them to be packed and moved. We then work with you or the estate to determine a moving schedule.

Lastly, we can assist in a final cleaning of you loved ones estate as part of our home downsizing and de-cluttering process, which is all geared to help you and the estate sell the property at the maximum value.

Estate Sale Services New Jersey (NJ)

Estate Sale and Content Liquidation Services

In addition to home downsizing and clean outs, we can help sell and liquidate all your estates household contents We work with you and the estate to identify which items you wish to sell, donate or dispose of. Together we develop realistic fair market value price points for all household contents. We even develop special website pages to market your estates contents.

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

Please note that the market for pre-owned items is entirely based upon the style, age and condition of your clients 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 your clients solutions that are tailored to their specific needs. For more insights, tips and videos please visit our Resource Page in the About us tab.

We tend to your estates 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 and your estate. 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.

Top 5 Reasons Real Estate Deals Fail

We all know that the housing market exploded during the pandemic and especially in 2021 and is continuing in 2022. There is a housing shortage. We have seen a shift from traditional work place settings to a flexible work environment; working remotely and a hybrid combination of all of the above. The housing market saw home prices rise from 15% to 20+%. So, needless to say homes can sell quickly. It is common to see a house listed for sale in the morning and have its status change from active to pending in a few short hours or in just a couple of days.

So, what does it mean when a listing status is changed from active to pending? It means that the seller has accepted the buyer’s offer and both parties are ready to move forward. Great. Right? Not so fast. We have put together the top 5 reasons that a pending sale may fall through.

This is part of an on-going 2022 best in class series of helpful 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, estate sales and home watch services. 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.

So…even when there is a meeting of the minds between a buyer and seller, and even when a formal written agreement of sale is drafted and signed, sometimes a home sale just never takes off.

While a failed pending sale isn’t common, it can happen, even in a thriving real estate market. Last year, existing-home sales totaled 6.12 million, an increase of 8.5% year over year. However, a number of purchases didn’t pan out. About 6% of all purchase agreements were terminated.

So, what could possibly be to blame for real estate transactions fizzling out? Below, we take a close look at the top five reasons pending sales fall through. If you can plan ahead, chances are good you can avoid these pitfalls.

1. The buyer changes his mind
Second-guessing yourself is human, especially in situations where you’re spending large sums of money. That’s why something as simple as buyer’s remorse can cause a sale to fall through.

“With multiple offers on properties and homes only staying on the market for a few days, buyers often feel pressured to make a quick decision and can get caught up in the bidding frenzy,” says Nick Santoro.

Because most buyers include contingencies in their offer that allow them to walk away—and many states offer a due diligence period on contracts—buyers have time to change their mind. But keep in mind that things get much more complicated once the purchase agreement is signed.

Last-minute remorse can have severe ramifications for both parties, and can even have legal implications.

2. The buyer is unable to obtain financing
Unless you’re buying a home for cash, you’re likely to finance your home purchase with a mortgage. But things happen, and sometimes a buyer can’t secure financing. In most situations, if a buyer’s offer includes a finance contingency and the loan isn’t approved, the buyer will get the earnest money back.

If the buyer realizes he can’t get financing, there are steps he can take to rectify the situation.
“Depending on the financing issue, you can try to find alternative financing and then refinance later,” says Joe Santoro.

It’s in everyone’s best interest for the sale to move forward, so sellers are often willing to extend time horizons if necessary.

Financing issues can also come up if buyers suddenly make a lot of purchases at once.

“If a buyer makes a large furniture purchase with a new credit account just before closing, that can become an issue,” says Nick. “When COVID struck, we had a client that became unqualified five days [before] closing because his bank raised their debt-to-income ratio. We had to move fast and used a local lender who got the paperwork done in 20 days. Many of these issues can be avoided if buyers make wise decisions about their spending while waiting to close.” We always tell buyers to avoid major credit card purchases or taking on debt months before buying a house. Many people do not realize that getting a mortgage pre-approval is not a guarantee of financing. It gives an initial conditional approval and then just before settlement a lender will conduct another extensive credit search. If the lender finds unusual activity or unpaid bills and or delinquent bills they will deny the loan. If all the credit check is given the all clear by the lender then the lender will issue what is called a mortgage commitment and then all parties can proceed to settlement.

3. The home failed inspection
For buyers, an inspection is integral to a home sale as it gives a thorough picture of the property they’re purchasing. But a failed home inspection often spells doom for a sale.

If a buyer’s offer includes an inspection contingency and the house fails the inspection, the buyer is allowed to either negotiate for repairs or cancel the contract.

“FHA loans and other loans require inspections done by a specially certified technician. If a home purchase with an FHA mortgage contingency fails the inspection, the sale is quashed,” Nick says. Typically FHA and VA mortgage back loans require the seller to pay for all items identified in their home inspection.

But if a buyer is keen on moving ahead with the sale, it can be safely and responsibly done under certain circumstances.

“You can negotiate with the seller to get a licensed professional to come out and complete all the repairs,” says Joe. “In addition, you can have the seller pay for a home warranty.”

4. The buyer hasn’t sold the home he currently owns
“When writing an offer on a new home, buyers have the option to include a home sale contingency,” Nick says. “That way, if the home they’re selling doesn’t sell in time to close on the new one, the new purchase either will not occur or will be postponed.”

But there are ways around that, including adjusting closing dates to buy time, Joe says.

“You can always get a bridge loan while you wait, because as long as your home is market-ready and priced correctly, you should be able to sell it quickly.”

5. The home appraisal is lower than the purchase price
Buyers and sellers know that a lender will require a home appraisal to ensure the house is worth the value the lender is agreeing to finance. But in some unfortunate situations, the house will appraise for less than the approved loan amount. When this happens, it’s tough for buyers to know how to proceed. Should they stick with the sale and make up the difference, or walk away?

“It’s not unusual for the seller to ask the buyer to make up the difference, but whether or not the buyer should do that depends on the gap that exists, and the potential value for the property in the future,” says Nick. “I’ve had the buyers pay between $5,000 to $10,000 to cover a gap that they easily make up in equity by now.”

Joe agrees that going up to $10,000 over the appraisal in cash is reasonable.

“It can make the difference between winning the home and continuing the search for the one that got away,” he says.

But if the difference between the home’s appraised value and the purchase price is too vast, the buyer may cut his losses and decide to walk away.

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

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.

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.

Estate Executor – help

Estate Executor – Home Downsizing, Content Liquidation and Real Estate Services

Are you the executor of an estate? If you are in charge of helping to liquidate and sell the contents of a loved ones home, or need to downsize and declutter the property to get it market ready for sale, then you know how physically, mentally and emotionally draining this can be. Do you need to conduct an estate content assessment to evaluate the value of an estates contents and have it photographed and documented? Do you feel overwhelmed and do not know where to begin? Are you looking for a one-stop resource to provide assistance? No problem. We can help. We specialize in providing a one stop, single source solution to help executors take care of all the work with home downsizing, decluttering, getting a home market ready for sale, providing full service discount real estate services, and in helping to liquidate the contents of a loved ones home. We service Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We provide estate executors with total peace of mind. We know the process of downsizing, moving, selling a loved ones home can be 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 executors with our downsizing and decluttering to obtain the highest value for their loved ones home. We provide special 2022 best-in-class portfolio of services to assist families.

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 and your loved ones families personally. This allows us to understand your estates 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 and the estate a better feel for the value of the home, its contents and their value. We then will evaluate the contents of the property with you and the estate to ascertain what you and the estate wish to keep, give to friends and family, donate, shed, discard or move to a 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 or the estate wish to part with, we will arrange for the disposal of them or donate them to charitable organizations. For items you or the estate wish to keep, we can arrange for them to be packed and moved. We then work with you or the estate to determine a moving schedule.

Lastly, we can assist in a final cleaning of you loved ones estate as part of our home downsizing and de-cluttering process, which is all geared to help you and the estate sell the property at the maximum value.

Estate Sale Services New Jersey (NJ)

Estate Sale and Content Liquidation Services

In addition to home downsizing and clean outs, we can help sell and liquidate all your estates household contents We work with you and the estate to identify which items you wish to sell, donate or dispose of. Together we develop realistic fair market value price points for all household contents. We even develop special website pages to market your estates contents.

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

Please note that the market for pre-owned items is entirely based upon the style, age and condition of your clients 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 your clients solutions that are tailored to their specific needs. For more insights, tips and videos please visit our Resource Page in the About us tab.

We tend to your estates 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 and your estate. 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.

Senior Hoarding – Game Plan

Recognizing its signs and developing a game plan to address it

Helping Seniors Move in PA NJWe wanted to share with you an often confounding yet common situation when dealing with transitioning an elderly loved one from their home of many years into a senior care community, or perhaps your home or even settling their estate. We are specifically referring to senior hoarding. This is real and the condition is known as Diogenes syndrome, and it is more common than most people realize.

This is part of our 2022 best in class 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.

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 senior loved ones are certainly part of the ‘greatest generation’ for sure. They have sacrificed for our nation, fought our wars, defended our freedom, were hard working Americans who put in long hours at work, saved and accumulated things over their lifetime. Now, as their caregiver, you may be faced with dealing with the task of trying to clean-up or sort through what they have accumulated over their lifetime. In many cases, the mass accumulation of things turns out to be senior hoarding. We often find homes with 4 or 5 blenders, toasters, lawnmowers, ladders, boxes of things that have never been opened or things never used and the list goes on and on…

Times have changed. Items that were valuable years ago are no longer desirable. Family members often have no use or desire to bring Grandma’s things to their home. Change can be hard, and sorting through a lifetime accumulation of possessions can be overwhelming to a senior who is already struggling with a loss of independence and to family members who are stressed out.

It is perfectly normal for an individual who has lived for many years in one location to acquire a lot of stuff, and for some individuals, letting go of the things they no longer need can be extremely difficult. Experts say seniors are prone to cluttering for a variety of reasons, including fear of loss, anxiety, and depression. Research also suggests that pre-Alzheimer’s personalities may trigger hoarding behavior, further complicating the issue for those already pre-disposed to this obsessive habit.

For families dealing with loved ones and parents who have slipped into a pattern of hoarding, it can be difficult to develop strategies for the kind of downsizing that is necessary to accommodate a move to senior housing. The individual may be ashamed of their living conditions, and reluctant to accept the help they need. They also may be fearful of being forced to let go of the items to which they have become attached and resist their family’s attempts at getting the clutter under control.

Of course, securing the homeowner’s consent and cooperation is only half the battle. Once you have the go-ahead to begin sorting through the collection, it is important to have a strategy for completing the task at hand. Here are a few suggestions for getting through the cleanup:

Call a professional. At Personal Property Managers, we specialize in helping families take stock of what they have, what is valuable or not and how to declutter. Often, going through an entire household after years of accumulation is simply too much for one person to undertake. Far better to work as a team with a common goal.

Set a date to start the project. Block off a section of your calendar when you can truly focus on the task at hand. Determine how long you will work, and then stick to the plan. You may not make it through the process entirely, but knowing you have a starting time, and a plan to wrap up the day’s work at a specific time, can help keep you on track.

Do it in chunks. Work room by room. Although you may have an entire house to wade through, you will do your best work by focusing on one room at a time. Besides, any large project is easier to complete if you divide it into smaller, more manageable tasks.

Use a system. Focus on the most used items. As you go through each room, set aside a place for each of the following: donations, keepsakes, items to be organized and put away, and trash. At the end of each workday, take time to put away the items you have chosen to keep. Be selective. Remember that you are downsizing, so make your selections carefully. You may actually need to go through this process twice as it is often difficult to make emotional decisions the first pass through.

Think about digitizing boxes and boxes of photos and photo albums.

Have donations and trash picked up promptly to prevent second guessing your selections. The sooner you have temptation removed, the better.

Once the cleanup is complete, check in often to make sure that day-to-day clutter is not getting out of control. Staying on top of the problem is far easier than wading through a year’s worth of accumulation, and maintaining a tidy living space will relieve stress for you and your loved one, as well as make the home safer for its inhabitants.

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. With Personal Property Managers…one call does it all.

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.

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.

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 in 2022. 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.

This is part of our 2022 best in class series of articles by Nick Santoro and Joe Santoro of Personal Property Managers, who service Pennsylvania and New Jersey and specialize in real estate, property management, home content downsizing and estate sale services. 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. Additionally, during this challenging time 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 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.

So does this mean you can not sell your pre-owned home contents? No. Absolutely not. You may be able to sell your older unwanted items, but understand that todays buyers tend to want more updated and contemporary items reflective of todays styles. Additionally, todays home owners tend to want a more simplified look and feel and not want many items that were popular years ago. So be realistic. When we conduct an on-site estate sale and content liquidation sale, we need to have a sufficient amount of quality and quantity of items to sell to justify the time and effort that goes into promoting a successful estate sale. This will give you an example of how we design special web marketing specificially to promote your estate sale (click here). This will give you a good feel for the effort and expertise that we put into every estate sale we do. In addition, we also provide signage, security, staffing and so much more. Additional info is found on our estate sale and content liquidation page (click here). So, please consider these facts and insights when you are contemplating your deisire to sell your contents.

How about trying to sell your household items on your own?

Are we saying that you cannot sell items in your home? No. Absolutely not. We are just trying to share with you insights into what is most desirable to buyers today and the dynamics of the market today. Naturally, you can trying to sell your household contents yourself, but be aware of the challenges you will face. Do you want strangers in your house? Be prepared for people who express interest to just not show up even when you feel you have a confirmed appointment. Be prepared for people who may show up, for them not to have the money to pay for the item that you agreed to over the phone or online. Be prepared for people to cancel appointments multiple times while you are on your way to meet them. So, it is not easy, but it is not impossible. Just be prepared.

OK, so if you cannot sell your stuff most people will say they will just contact a local charity and they will come over and pick it up; right? Wrong. Sorry. With the COVID environment we are in, charities are hesitant to come into your home. Then you have put yourself in the shoes of the buyer. Would you want to buy someone else items in this COVID era? Lastly, keep in mind that charities have a limited amount of physical space, so it is highly unlikely that they will come over and remove items that your own family did not want or that you could not sell. We know this may sound harsh, but it is true. On a worse case scenario, we can remove all your unwanted contents and help you cleanout and downsize your home and or get it market ready for sale.

Further information and perspective, especially in these changing times is noted below.

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. The simple test we ask people to do is invite friends and family over to let them take what they want. You’ll be surprised by the reaction you get. The majority of folks will say thanks but no thanks and will take nothing. Yes, it’s sad but true.

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.

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.

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.