Category Archives: downsizing

Top 5 House Flipping Mistakes – 22

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This podcast will share with you the top 5 house flipping mistakes to avoid. 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.

 

8 Tips for decluttering before downsizing – 21

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This podcast will share with you 8 key tips for decluttering before you downsize.  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.

Home Selling Tips for Pet Owners

If you are selling your home it is very important that you understand how important it is to make your home pet neutral.

If Home selling tips for pet owners: Removing signs of pets can help a home sell faster and for more money

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News flash…although you may love your pet and feel that it’s a part of the family, not everyone may feel the same way, especially prospective home buyers who may be turned off by pet odors, worn yards and scratches on floors and walls. So, what is a home seller with pets to do?

We are sharing insights to pet owners who are trying to sell your home. In fact, we advise animal-owning sellers to rid their home of any evidence of pet damage or animal scents before opening their doors to potential buyers.

Appealing to buyers who may not love pets as much as you do can boost your chances of getting top dollar for your house.

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.

Addressing Outside Pet Needs
While a spacious backyard is a plus in the eyes of most buyers, pet-related landmines and holes typically aren’t on a buyer’s list of wants. To get your yard visitor-ready, we recommend filling in any doggy-dug holes and scooping the poop.

Additionally, be sure to check your fencing, deck, and porch for any marks from scratching or chewing. Most pet-related scratches and damage can be easily repaired with a little sandpaper and stain.

Addressing Inside Pet Needs
First impressions are everything, but dog toys and pet odors don’t exactly enhance a home’s initial appeal. Get your home ready by ousting any evidence of pets, including:
• Pet belongings. Collect toys, bowls, beds, crates, cat trees, and litter boxes and keep them out of sight. We even recommend hiding pet photos.
 Scents. Get rid of potentially off-putting animal scents by lighting candles, opening windows, or hiring a professional carpet cleaning crew to deodorize your domicile.
• Scratches. If your hardwood floors have a few battle scars to show for their years of being trodden upon by pets, consider having them resurfaced.
• Remove Your Pet(s). Leaving your pet in the house during showings isn’t the best idea. They could dart out an open door or pose a liability issue if they behave in a less-than-friendly manner toward strangers. If you can’t take your pets with you, let a friend or relative care for them or board them at a kennel.

Please remember that you only have one time to make a good first impression, be that a buyer or with other realtors, so please keep this in mind if you are a home seller with pets. You do not want to sabotage your chances of success by not being mindful of other people’s opinions of pets.

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.

Home Staging 101 – Boot Camp – 17

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This podcast will share with you 5 key tips and useful insights for staging your home in preparation for its sale, so that you can sell your home for the highest price and sell it in the shortest time 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.

How to Part with Family Heirlooms – 16

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This podcast will share with you useful insights and plans for parting with family heirlooms during the downsizing and home cleanout process. 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.

 

Estate Sales and Home Cleanouts

Estate Sale, Household Liquidation and Cleanout Services

Are you moving? Downsizing? Selling your home? Assisting an elderly loved on in transition? Would you like to sell your home contents? We can help. We are estate sale and household content liquidation service specialist. We provide a one-stop resource for helping you sell and liquidate the contents of your home. We provide direct help for home downsizing, home cleanout, de-cluttering and, content liquidation. We also do everything we can to help you move and or sell your home. We provide full service discount real estate services. Our one stop services are designed to make your life just a little easier and provide you with total peace of mind. If you are relocating out of town or taking care of a loved one, you know how overwhelming this process can be. Don’t worry, we’ll take care of everything for you.

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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.

We begin the process by meeting with you at your home. We work with you 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. You make the final decisions on all price points. We market the items via this website. We also develop a personal web page for each client to achieve maximum results (see example page). We will feature and display everything in a way that will net you the most money possible. As licensed Realtors, we also offer discount real estate services if you’d like to sell your home as well as its contents.

As your estate sales specialist, 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. Customers who come through and see carefully considered traffic patterns, professional signage and tags, and helpful assistants. We are awarded 2018 best in class services and offer discount real estate services via our association with EveryHome Realty.

We take care of everything for you in the most professional and sensitive way. Did you know that most people who try to organize an estate sale on their own have absolutely no idea what items are worth in the secondary market.

We are also certified licensed Senior Real Estate Specialist. As such, we not only focus on the liquidation of your household property contents, we are also keenly aware of our efforts to bring as many qualified people through the property as possible, which will also aid in the sale of your home should that be a targeted goal as well.

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How Does an Estate / Asset Liquation Work?

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.

Are Household Content Sales Limited to Just Very Expensive Items?No. Buyers have all different tastes and needs. We liquidate entire estates of all kinds, not just those that are filled to overflowing with antiques or expensive furniture. In fact, many items are purchased right from the garage or work shop. For perspective, we sell furniture of all types, clothing, general residential contents, cars, stereo equipment, tools, equipment, musical instruments… well, actually, a little bit of everything!

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Getting Ready for an Estate and Household Content Sale

First, make sure to get your legal house in order. If there has been a death in the family, make sure that you have legal title and full authority to sell. Make certain, too, that all disbursements have been made to any and all heirs before you call us for a consultation. If there’s a divorce or bankruptcy liquidation afoot, make sure that you talk to legal counsel before calling us.

If you are the representative of an estate, we will need to have a photocopy of the necessary legal documents which authorize you to dispose of the contents. We also require that the homeowner’s insurance on the home itself be current and in place throughout the sale process. The estate itself is responsible for disconnecting from gas or water any appliances which are to be sold.

We will come out to your home and meet with you personally to understand your goals and to work with you to determine fair market value. The ultimate decision is naturally yours. Our initial consultation is free of charge. Should we determine that an estate sale is not your best option we will offer you other options to help you. We also provide a full array of downsizing, de-cluttering, clean-up and clean out services. We also work with a number of charities who may have a use for some items which will helps others in needs.

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 client 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.

If there is a mutual decision to go forward with the content sale, we then will then make an inventory of all the items in the house. We work with you to mutually develop fair market pricing for your sale items. We then set things up in a professional way to make things as appealing to the buying public as possible. Next we advertise and market your contents and finally conduct the actual sale. For items of value, we will coordinate an appraisal and help you auction off some of your contents to help defray costs.

How Long Should I Expect My Sale to Run?

Each sale is unique. Most sales only merit one day, while others may take two or even three days.

We typically run our estate sales on a Friday and Saturday to maximize your results.

What Do You Do With Items That Don’t Sell?

Naturally, we strive to sell the contents of an estate “wall to wall”, but there are always some things left over in each estate. We also offer downsizing, de-cluttering and clean out services. We work with local charities to recycle household items to those in need and dispose of the balance of the contents (in accordance with all local laws and ordinances) all at the approval of the property owner or authorized representative. Please note: under no circumstances do we buy “remainders,” nor do we buy full or partial estates.

How Does an Estate / Asset Liquation Work?

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.

Home Security

Whenever possible we try to limit access to your property to one entrance/exit. If there’s an attached garage or breezeway, it’s kept separate from the main house itself and manned by one or more of our team. We do not allow drink cups in the house, and we strongly discourage baby strollers in our sales which can be used to place un-purchased items inside.

Can the Homeowner or Executor be Present for the Sale Itself?

Sorry, but the answer is an unequivocal “no.” We will be glad to arrange for a “family only” preview upon request, though.

We don’t allow the family on-site during public sale hours as it has long been our experience that family members inadvertently get underfoot, or become emotional, or get distracted by the public comments or behavior.

The family (or trustee) is, however, most welcome to be on site during the work after the sale (e.g., during the charity pick up or buy out). Again, we always encourage a full walk-through by the family shortly after the sale ends.

What About Sales Taxes?

We provide a full accounting of all items sold. Any sales taxes are the responsibility of the family or trustee.

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.

Home Staging…101. 5 Tips – home staging boot camp

Home Staging boot camp – 5 cheap ways to stage your home for success

We specialize in helping our clients sell their homes for the best possible price and to do so in the shortest period of time. With this in mind, we wanted to share with you 5 quick and inexpensive ways for you stage your home for sale to get the greatest return on your investment. We call this our Personal Property Managers home staging boot camp.

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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, home staging and full service discount real estate services. Personal Property Managers services clients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

If you’re selling your house, it has to look its best so buyers can see its potential and imagine themselves living there. That’s what home-staging is all about. It’s about first impressions, which are lasting. It’s about separating yourself and your home from others on the market, so look, feel, style, organization, cleanliness and decluttering is super important.

A professional home-stager will cost between $50 and $150 per hour, say Nick Santoro.

The good news is that you can get it done for a lot less money. You can do it yourself for the most part and you can have fun doing it. Joe Santoro, co-founder of Personal Property Managers shares his expert tips for staging your home at almost no cost.

1. Remove your personal items
Packing away your personal stuff, such as pictures, sports memorabilia, even religious items, is one of the easiest, cheapest things you can do to stage your house.
“The reason you want to depersonalize your home is because you want buyers to view it as their potential home,” Santoro says.

Prospective buyers may have a hard time envisioning themselves in the house if they’re surrounded by photos of your family. They want to envision their family in your home; not yours.

“Pictures are extremely distracting,” says Nick Santoro, who also recommends removing religious items from view.

Besides attracting a buyer, “you want the buyer’s agent to enjoy showing the home,” Nick says, because even if a particular buyer isn’t interested, the agent might represent someone who would be a good match.

The cost: $2 to $3 for a roll of packing tape. You can pick up free boxes at stores in your neighborhood or go to a big box store and pick up boxes for under $2.00

2. De-Clutter
Decluttering is another simple way to get buyers to focus on the bones of the house. “After years of living in the same home, clutter collects in such a way that may not be evident to the homeowner. However, it does affect the way buyers see the home, even if you do not realize it,” Joe says.

We recommend clearing off kitchen and bathroom countertops. Remove everything you can to give an impression of large space and cleanliness.

If you have kids, get rid of the toys all around the house. For all you know, the buyers could be empty-nesters.

If you cannot remove unwanted items or just want to hold on to what you have, we suggest packing that stuff in boxes and neatly stacking them in a corner of the garage. Anything extra should go in a small storage unit. Even better, ask a friend or relative to stash your items at no charge.

The cost: The price of a storage unit varies (around $75 a month for a 5-by-5-foot unit). You can get back some of that money as a refund on your taxes for any of the decluttered items you donate to charity.

3. Rearrange rooms and give them purpose
Rearrange the rooms in your home and make sure each room has a distinct purpose. You may also want to take a look at builder spec home in your area to get a feel for the look, theme and style of today’s furnished homes.

Builders are experts on preparing their product for prospective buyers.

If your home has been painted recently, you’re ahead of the game. If not, take a paintbrush to the rooms that need it most. Sellers who paint the interior of their home will see a large return on the investment. There is no substitution for a clean, well-organized and freshly painted home.

The cost: Anywhere from $16 to $50 per gallon for paint, plus an additional $10 to $50 for other painting supplies (primer, brushes, drop cloths, etc.).

4. Clean and deodorize
No one wants to visit a dirty house, especially prospective buyers. So make sure your house is squeaky clean.

‘When buyers see an unkempt home or smell something when they first walk in, they become turned off immediately,” Nick says. “They can rarely see past it to look at all of the great features in the home.”

For a fist time, long time heavy cleaning job, we suggest having the house professionally cleaned so that everything is spotless: windows, sliding glass door tracks, garage, basement, ceiling fans, etc.

If you have having an open house, we also recommend baking cookies in the oven, bringing cinnamon sticks to a slow boil in a pot of water or using air freshener before each showing. Above all, please remember to remove any pet litter boxes or food bowls. Not everyone is a pet lover.

The cost: Varies by the location and size of the home, but expect to spend at least $100-$250 to clean a four-bedroom, 2,500-square-foot home.

5. Enhance curb appeal
Don’t overlook the home’s exterior when you’re selling.

“Curb appeal is just as important as cleaning the inside of the home,” Nick says. “It’s the buyer’s first impression of your home.” Mow the lawn, make sure the sidewalk and driveway are free of clutter and debris, and make sure the house number is easy to see. You may need to pressure-clean your driveway and sidewalk.
Another valuable low-cost solution? Mulch. “It makes everything look trim and neat,” Joe says.

Please remember that first impressions are lasting impressions. Joe Santoro, shared that on a number of occasions, when taking clients to look at home, he has had clients pull up to a house and just refuse to get out of the car because the home was not well kept from the outside. He has experienced a similar negative reaction when buyers entered the house and it appeared to be too cluttered giving it a much smaller impression. This turns off buyers and they simply walk away. Simple things like this make all the difference in the world.

The cost: Mulch costs about $3 per bag. You may be able to rent a pressure washer at Home Depot or your local hardware store for $35 per day or more. It will cost you a lot more than that to buy one. Hiring a professional to pressure-clean a 2,500-square-foot-house may set you back about $300.

Personal Property Managers, can take care of all your home selling needs along with downsizing, content liquidation and renovation work. 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.