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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.

Estate Sale Services New Jersey (NJ)

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.

Hoarder home and Extreme clean out experts

Hoarder Home and Extreme Clean Out 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.

Estate Sale Services New Jersey (NJ)

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.

Understanding – Home Inspections

If you are selling your home it is very important that you understand how important various home inspections are.

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Home Selling Tips PA NJIf you are planning on selling your home, you can count on a qualified buyer spending money out of their own pocket to have an independent third party conduct a home inspection. This is a virtual certainty in today’s market. For a seller, this can be an extremely stressful time. Let’s face it, as sellers we all think our home is just fine. We’ve live there a long time and often overlook small seemingly insignificant things as we go about our lives. However, you can count on a home inspector to find just about everything wrong with your home. They will generate a report often 40 pages in length with pictures to document their discoveries. Often times this is where a seller can become insulted and frustrated and a buyer can begin to have second thoughts. Having a strategy in place and remaining calm is very important.

That’s not all…in addition to a home inspection, your local municipality may also require very specific inspections on things like chimney, fire places, septic systems, smoke detectors, carbon detectors, building permits for work that was done on your home, sidewalks and more. So, getting an understanding of what the process is and how to prepare for it is very important. Townships call these mandatory inspections either their Certificate of Occupancy or Use and Occupancy inspections. There is always a fee to the local township for filing the paperwork and for their inspector to come out.  Sellers will usually receive a list of items that the township will inspect. Often these items are safety related items, but understand that not all township requirements will be listed on their list of requirements. This can be a frustrating time. Items identified in these local township inspections are mandatory and must be addressed and corrected in order to have a house settlement. If the seller does not get a clear Certificate of Occupancy, then settlement may not happen. Lastly, in addition to the township certificate of occupancy requirements, many townships also require an inspection by the local fire marshal, who will check for smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and the placement of fire extinguishers. Again, every township is different so you will want to check your local requirements.

This is part of a continuing 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 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.

Selling a home can be a stressful experience for most homeowners. When it comes to home inspections, most homeowners are not used to having a stranger peer into their attic, open every cupboard and closet or test every appliance. For some, this stress can turn into a major nightmare.

While most sellers look at inspectors as the bearers of only bad news, there are some positive factors. Often times, in today’s market, sellers contract with a home inspector to conduct an audit prior to putting their house on the market. Home Inspectors can give sellers the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition. Home inspections can ensure a smooth transaction and assist sellers in receiving the asking price. Maintaining your cool, as a seller is a must. Please remember that most Real Estate transactions can be emotional between buyer and seller. It is very important that both buyer and seller have an open mind and be amenable to compromise. We can tell you that if both parties are not flexible and reasonable when reviewing the home inspection and the township certificate of occupancy reports that is will be unlikely that the transaction will go forward. All properties no matter how old or new they are will inevitability have things come up that will need to be addressed or negotiated by the buyer and the seller. It is very important that both parties understand that.  Nothing in the reports should be taken personally. Some things are safety related issues and some things in the reports are things that are broken or defective, all parties should be open minded for a deal to be completed.

Here are three tips for navigating the home inspection process:

1. Be prepared for the inevitable.
When the home inspector comes through and begins pointing out flaws, many homeowners take the comments personally. This is why it’s important to make sure that your house is ready for inspection. Before the inspection process, it can be helpful to do a walk-through of the home yourself and note potential issues. By taking a really hard look at your home prior to putting it on the market will reduce the shock when the inspector points them out, and it will give them the opportunity to fix it preemptively.

2. Be proactive.
Before the inspector arrives, as a seller, you will want to decide if you want to be in the house during the inspection. You can count on the buyers being present during the inspection, which can take several hours. It can be very helpful for a seller to be prepared to answer questions that the inspector may have such as repairs, stains, leaks and other commonly asked buyer and inspector questions. This can help alleviate any tense or awkward moments.

3. Remain calm and focus on your goal.
When the time comes for the actual inspection process, sellers should be reminded that the home inspector is simply doing his or her job. It is important for all parties to remember this especially when the inspector comments on the improper installation of their favorite fixture. If the buyers are present during the inspection it is very important for the sellers to understand that often times the home inspection, with all the emotions that may be associated with it can terminate a deal. Every seller thinks their house is a castle and every buyer wants price concessions or repairs made by the seller for often even the smallest home inspection identified issues. This is often where deals blow up. Buyers an sellers have a meeting of the mind relative to price and conditions but inspections can and often do throw a monkey wrench in things. Keeping a level head and being open minded to negotiations from buyer and seller is important as this is often the home stretch in getting a reasonable real estate transaction done. Both parties need to understand the importance of giving and taking. It is important for sellers to take the emotion out of the situation. Sellers should be reminded to keep their eye on the bigger picture, which is their goal of selling their home in the first place and getting the best return on their investment and finding a new home.

Lastly, sellers should be made aware that a home inspection is just the first step. Often times, as noted earlier, local townships also require a certificate of occupancy inspection. C of O inspections often focus on safety issues ranging from sidewalks, steps, railings, smoke detectors, carbon detectors, septic tanks, chimney, heating ventilation systems, and will also check to see if proper permits were taken out for work done on the house. If a buyer is financing the purchase with an FHA or VA mortgage there will be additional inspections, so having a sellers house in order is critical for any deal to move forward towards settlement. Additionally, FHA and VA backed mortgages require the seller make the necessary repairs to a home prior to mortgage approval and settlement.

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.

Avoid House Flipping Mistakes – 22

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This podcast will share with you the top 5 tips to help you sell your home as fast as possible. For more information contact Joe Santoro or Nick Santoro of Personal Property Managers at www.personalpropertymanagers.com

Personal Property Managers specializes in: Home Downsizing, Home Cleanout Services, Estate Sales, Home Content Liquidation, Property Management, Absentee Home Watch, Moving, Full Service Discount Real Estate Services, Home Sales, Home Buyer Services, and Elder Care Services. With Personal Property Managers, one call does it all.

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Absentee Home Watch Services

Absentee – Vacant Home Watch Services…peace of mind for homeowners

We offer Absentee Home Watch and Vacant Home Watch services to provide homeowners with peace-of-mind during extended stays away from home. We often work with corporate executives that take extended work assignments overseas. The question is, what do you do with your home while you are thousands of miles away? With Personal Property Managers, we offer you total peace of mind. While you are away, leave you home to our care. We are an insured and bonded company offering a variety of home watch services. Now you can travel or take an extended work related relocation and not have to worry about coming home to any unwanted surprises or unscheduled maintenance on your home. We tailor our services to meet the individual needs of our clients. So, go ahead… Travel… Enjoy life! We are an award winning company and have been recognized by the SBA. In the event that you are away and we uncover a needed repair, we can notify you and take care of it for you. We provide 2020 best in class services. We proudly service Pennsylvania and the counties of Bucks and Montgomery.

Potential Problems your property will be inspected for via our services:

  • Storm Damage
  • Force Entry
  • Vandalism
  • Flooding
  • Moisture Problems
  • Plumbing Failures
  • Pest Invasion
  • Frozen / Broken Pipes
  • Tripped Breakers
  • Function of the furnace/heater or air conditioner
  • Doors/windows locked
  • Function of the refrigerator
  • Removal of newspapers
  • We can start your cars if you wish
  • We can act as you emergency contact in your absence
  • If a problem is detected and requires immediate attention, we’ll contact you and handle it for you

We provide full property inspections inside your home and outside your property. Our Absentee Home Watch Service is designed to offer complete management of all the services that need to occur in your absence. You will not have to worry about broken pipes, flooded basements, snow removal, lawn care, storm damage or leaves and old newspapers piling up while you are away from home. We’ll take care of things for you. We can tailor our program to meet your needs. The frequency of our visits is up to you. We also reserve the right to go back to your home during non scheduled inspections when there is a unique weather event or storm just to make sure that your home is safe and secure. The bottom of this page will detail some of our home watch services. Learn more about Personal Property Managers from our recent News Stories.

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Professional Services

We can also perform a host of tasks on your behalf to make sure your property is as inviting when you come back to your home as it was when you left it. We are here to help you. PA HIC PA031951. Licensed Realtors in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey via EveryHome Realty, Pennsylvania RS308044 and New Jersey 1326862. Ask for us at EveryHome Realty for more information about our discount real estate services or for the rental and management of your home while you are away.

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Affordability

We are mindful of the budgetary reality of managing your home and property. With our Absentee Home Watch Services, you can afford to have the convenience of home management without the high cost of hiring full-time help. We will check your property based on your preferences, such as weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or any schedule you decide. Basic Absentee Home Watch Services are determined on a per-visit basis.

When Problems Occur We Handle It!

You can count on professional handling of your property and home issues. We notify you of any problems and make recommendations to correct them. We put our knowledge of community trades people to work for you.

We will organize the necessary service, meet with the repair person and admit them into your home. We will stay until the repair person has completed his/her work, set alarms and lock up following their departure. We can also send digital photo of problems or completed repairs by email. The property owner is the person who decides what exact repair is to be done and how much money is to be spent. The homeowner has full control and the final say, regarding the satisfaction or outcome of work completed. Personal Property Managers will carry out your specifics wishes. We become your eyes, ears and voice, when you can not be here to manage your home details.

How Is A Crisis Situation Handled?

When a crisis occurs (and they do!) you will be glad it isn’t your neighbor watching over your home! You will have peace-of-mind because you have a professional service in place to handle these upsetting events. There is no worry with Personal Property Managers!

A crisis is handled on the spot. There may not be time to call the homeowner to get pre-approval for expenditures in this case. The main concern in a crisis is to get the situation under control as fast as possible. You will be called as soon as it is feasible. Many times a homeowner can not be reached immediately and the situation can not wait. We have saved further destruction of homes by fast action. Your crisis may need an immediate plumber, electrician, sewer technician or handyman before we can locate you. We completely handle any crisis. This is one of the qualities you will want from a home service company like ours. When hiring an “absentee home watcher” always ask yourself whether the company/person you are hiring can efficiently handle emergency situations? This is what separates a professional service from the local person who “watches homes on the side.” We focus solely on our business and we have the highest reputation to prove it!

World Wide Access

We report all our activities to you from the comfort of your computer. You can see our work from anywhere in the world via our exclusive Internet access. While you are away, you will be given special access to online messages and digital photos of your home and any needed work or repairs. All home visits are documented and digitally photographed per your requirements. A copy of our checklist and pictures will be forwarded to you at your request. Now you can relax and leave the details to us.

Sample of Basic Interior Absentee Home Watch Check List:

  • Check that security system is functioning
  • Resetting electric appliances/breakers from power outage/surge
  • Check smoke alarms/replace batteries
  • Blinds are adjusted
  • Flush/check all toilets
  • Run/check all faucets
  • Run kitchen sink disposal
  • Watering of indoor plants (if requested)
  • Function of the furnace/heater or air conditioner
  • Doors/windows locked
  • Function of the refrigerator
  • Removal of newspapers
  • We can start your cars if you wish
  • We can act as you emergency contact in your absence
  • If a problem is detected and requires immediate attention, we’ll contact you and handle it for you.

Sample of Basic Exterior Absentee Home Watch Check List:

  • Inspect area for vandalism and forced entry
  • Check doors, windows & screens to be sure they are secure
  • Clear out unwanted flyers and newspapers from your yard/mail box
  • Inspect roof and gutters
  • Check outside faucets
  • Snow removal service offer upon request

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.

Caring for our Aging Population

Who will care for our aging loved ones in our new society

Bucks County Home Downsizing

Helping Seniors Move in PA NJThe fact that we are all living much longer is no secret. With our extended longer life come new challenges. In years past, when lifestyles were less complicated, family units were more defined, and marriages and families with children dominated the landscape. Caring for our aging loved ones was easier with more defined roles by spouses and children.

Times have certainly changed. Studies indicate that people over the age of 65 will need some form of long-term care help. Genworth, a leading US company that studies our aging population says that 66% of people over 65 will need extra care. In fact, they say that 70% of this age group will need some form of long-term care for at least three years. It the past, most aging loved ones relied on a family member, a spouse or a partner for help. But what happens today with family and demographic changes, when an individual has none of the above? Who can they count on for help in an emergency or when they get sick?

This is part of a continuing series of articles and tips into elder care and how to address topics such as downsizing, estate sale, content removal, home clean-out, property sale, moving and other real estate transition insights by Nick Santoro and Joe Santoro of Personal Property Managers. Personal Property Managers services Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Many aging Americans who have children don’t want to be a burden to them, but at least they are lucky enough to have a choice. They may not want to, but older adults rely on family caregivers most of their help. Today, there are over 43 million family members providing some form of elder care for a person 50+ years of age. The 2010 U.S. Census reported that 11 million people over the age of 65 live alone, and that number will likely increase. Even more alarming is that 11.6% of women (ages 80 to 84) are childless, so who will care for them?

Today, society has a totally different view of people without children verses 25 years ago. Many of today’s adults no longer believe that those without children lead empty lives. Recent surveys found that children are less significant to a thriving marriage. In 2007, a Pew Research survey unveiled 41% of adults said that having children was crucial for a successful marriage. This is a huge decline from 65% who said so in 1990.

Since the supply of family caregivers diminish as families get smaller or without children, it’s important to get organized around ones long-term care preferences.

PPM Insights into Elder Care

We at Personal Property Managers, often work within the Senior Community and with Adult Care Givers. We specialize in senior transition services, helping our elderly loved ones transition from their home of many years into senior care communities or to move in with caregivers or other family members. This process if often very overwhelming and our one stop services are valued by those going through a major move and transition. We have learned that there are significant facts about aging care that every person should know and wanted to share them with you. First, what we have learned is that elder care is more expensive than you think. And most of the costs of long-term care come out of your pocket and not through some government or state program. To help you plan for senior care later on, you should understand the details about the services that are and are not covered.

1. Medicare (controlled by each state) does not pay for long-term custodial care services. This is the kind that help you with everyday activities of living needs. Medicare only pays for the medically necessary care like acute medical care, doctor visits, drugs, and a hospital stay.

2. Medicaid is a combined program offered by the federal and state governments. It helps individuals living with low income and assets, and it pays for some of the health care expenses. Medicaid has stringent regulations on who are eligible for the benefits and the services covered.

3. Paying for long-term care out-of-pocket is your option if you have enough money and savings.

4. Health insurance covers the restricted and particular types of long-term care. Disability insurance replaces income and does not include long-term care services and supports.

5. Long-term care insurance pays for long-term supports and services. But before you buy a policy, know the daily amount it will pay to assist you with the activities of daily living requirements.

While we are certainly not insurance agents or elder care attorneys, we do, a large portion of our business assisting adult caregivers in the transition of their elderly loved ones from their home of many years into a senior care communities via our home downsizing, cleanouts, estate sales, and full service discount real estate services. We would like to share with you some tips that we have learned along the way that may help you in your long term care plan. They are:

• Draw up legal documents: a will, a living will, a healthcare proxy and a power of attorney.

• Share a home with like-minded friends and siblings. Create a “share the care” approach that serves each resident equally. Draw up legal papers outlining each person’s responsibilities; one that makes each party accountable.

• Live nearby mass transportation if you don’t drive.

• Choose a walk-able neighborhood.

• Find a trustworthy person or family you can depend on for support and care. Work out a payment strategy and put it in writing. Get legal advice prior to implementing a plan. An elder law attorney can steer you in the right direction.

• Hire a chronic care advocate if you live with a prolonged medical condition, preferably an attorney specializing in elder law.

• Make friends with the supportive type.

• Eat fresh, healthy foods.

• Stay fit.

• Keep your brain sharp by getting involved.

• Volunteer and help those in need.

• Take up hobbies that fulfill your curiosity.

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.

Planning on Having an Aging Parent Move In With You

Planning on Having an Aging Parent Move In With You

Have conversations up front and define your boundaries to make it a very pleasant addition to your life.

Bucks County Home Downsizing

Helping Seniors Move in PA NJWe often work with families where children are caregivers for their aging parents. Often time medical conditions and sometimes financial decisions necessitate change. This change may mean that your elderly loved one may need to move in to their children’s home.

This is a decision that adult children and caregivers should think though carefully. There’s so much that’s involved. If you move mom or dad in and don’t have discussions on ground rules and space then it’s going to be chaos. If you make a plan and if you have conversations up front and define your boundaries, it can be a very pleasant and very productive addition to your life.

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 downsizing, content clean out and removal, estate sales, full service real estate and property sale and moving and services PA and NJ.

No matter how prepared you are to have an elderly loved one move in to your home and no matter how pleasant your relationship is, expect the unexpected. You need to be prepared for the role reversal. You need to be prepared for the things that are going to happen so that you don’t blow up so you don’t have an incident that you can’t take back. The only way that this new relationship works is if you find a way to have a real relationship with mom or dad and get rid of those old parent to child roles.

Lastly, if mom or dad are moving in, getting their finances together is the first and most important thing. In addition, plan in advance for absentee care giving when you go on vacation. Having ‘alone’ time with your spouse is important. There are services [and] people you can pay hourly, but the one thing a lot of people miss is that there may be members of your own family who are actually out looking for employment while you’re struggling trying to figure out who’s going to watch mom or dad. One thing that’s worked out very well is having family members come in and have them get compensated instead of paying an outside professional. You want to get creative with your solutions.

We have learned that these discussions [between parent and adult children] aren’t always easy, but they are extremely important at many levels.

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.

Tips for helping seniors who are hoarders

Senior Hoarders

We 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 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.

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.

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 – One-Stop Services: Downsizing, Cleanouts, Content sale, home sale

Estate Executor

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 2019 best-in-class portfolio of services to assist families.

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 7 primary services to help families or executors. They are:

  • Full Service discount Real Estate sales
  • Home Downsizing, de-cluttering, and cleanout services
  • Estate content assessment and evaluation
  • 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

Bucks County Home Downsizing Services
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.