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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

One Stop Home Seller - Joe

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.

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.

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):

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.

Care Giver Support – One Stop

Caregiver Support – Home Downsizing and Real Estate Services

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

During this challenging time in the Corona Virus and COVID-19 era, we help families that are unable travel or tend to their property needs by providing a true one-stop resource. We are focused on making life just a little easier for families during often difficult times. With Personal Property Managers, one call does it all. 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 loved ones home, its contents and their value. We then will evaluate the contents of the property with you to ascertain what you wish to keep, give to friends and family, donate, shed, discard or move to your new home. A full inventory is done at this time and is sorted based on your direction to us.

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

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

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

Estate Sale 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 loved ones household contents via an Estate Sale if their contents warrant it. Together we develop realistic fair market value price points for all household contents. We even develop special website pages to market your contents.

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

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

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

Estate Sale Services Pennsylvania (PA)

Why Choose Personal Property Managers

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

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

Understanding – Home Inspections

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

Bucks County Home Downsizing

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.

Tips for Buying or Selling a home in the Corona Virus Era

Tips for Buying or Selling a Home during the Corona virus era

Bucks County Home Downsizing

Property Manager PA NJWe wanted to share some insights with you in handeling Real Estate…now, specifically buying and selling a home during the challenging times we are currently facing with the global Coronavirus outbreak.

First and foremost, we want to give thanks to the brave men and women who are out on the front line; our first responders, healthcare workers, medical personnel and support providers. Secondly, we ask all to practice safety and social distancing during this national emergency.This is part of an on-going series of real estate articles by Nick Santoro and Joe Santoro of Personal Property Managers ( www.personalpropertymanagers.com ) who service Pennsylvania and New Jersey and specialize in real estate, home content downsizing, senior transition services, property management and estate sales.

So, what do you do if you are trying to sell a home or would like to buy a home now…in the middle of a national emergency?

We would like to share some tips and insights with you to help better understand the Real Estate process in these most unusual times.

So, let’s take a look at the facts, which are very important in determining a game plan for Real Estate whether you are buying or selling a home now, in these most troubling and confusing of times.

At the time of the writing of this article, just about 7 weeks into the COVID-19 / Corona Virus shutdown, we have seen over 33 million people laid off and file for unemployment in the US. This is a staggering number, with 1 in 5 Americans either furloughed or permanently laid off. We have seen unemployment go from statistically full at 3.5% to 20%.

We have seen 3.7 million people test positive with the virus, with about one third of those in the United states at over 1.2 million.   We have seen over 260,000 deaths world wide with over 75,000 in the US. To put this in perspective, the amount of fatalities in the US from the virus is more than the total deaths in the Vietnam war and the Afghanistan and Iraq wars combined.

What does this mean for Real Estate in the US?

We have seen listings drop over 70% during this time. Therefore, inventor is lower. We have seen transactions under contract drop 80%. Over two thirds of all sales in our area are now under $400,000.

What does this all mean? It means that the market has shifted from a sellers’ market to a buyers’ market, with the advantage now to buyers, because there are fewer of them and consumer confidence is low due to the uncertainty and the job market.

Real estate transactions are classified as essential services in most areas. People need a place to live. Of course, all activities during this time are dynamic, fluid and ever changing, so check your local state guidelines for more information.

The first thing we all need to do is practice social distancing. This is very important.

With social distancing, for sellers, it will be important to update your pictures posted on line, and if possible work with your Realtor to video your home for viewing on a virtual tour. During this time more and more people will be shopping and viewing properties from their computer or smart phone. Creativity and imagination are important during this time. Keep this in mind, especially if you are a seller.

Open houses are no longer permitted for obvious reasons, so pictures and videos will play and even more important role, now more than ever to give prospective buyers a better feel for the listed property. This is a time when more pictures and video is better.

Unlike traditional home previews and showings, we have found that homes that are completely empty, where the sellers have moved out already, seem to be highly desirable for todays buyers. This goes against past practices with recommendations for home staging and is a sign of the times we are in. This is true for several reasons. The first is that with the house empty, there may be less risk for germs which are top of mind today. The second reasons is that a buyer may be able to move their family in immediately.

Buyer home visits are permitted on an area by area basis, but should be kept at an absolute minimum. We recommend that separate cars be taken when driving out to view the property; agent in one car and buyers in the other car. Practice social distancing. We also recommend that you wear gloves and masks for even more protection. We recommend that the sellers not be in the home and to leave about a half an hour before all buyer appointments. We recommend that sellers clean and disinfect everywhere possible before and after a showing, such as door knobs, surfaces, counters, light switches, faucets and even the lock box. We recommend that you wash your hands often.

We suggest that sellers turn on all lights and open closets and doors prior to a buyer visit, again to eliminate or reduce the need for others to touch things in your home.

We recommend that buyers only bring a minimal amount of family members or friends with them when looking at a house, again being mindful of local distancing and safety guidelines.

For buyers, please understand that your agent may not wish to be right next to you touring the house room by room, and may in fact wish to wait in the car, as all are parties are encouraged to practice social distancing.

We even recommend the agents FaceTime or do Zoom video tours with buyer clients if pictures, video and virtual tours are not published or just do not provide enough information or property views to assist a buyer in their evaluation.

Tips for home Sellers:

  • Virtual tours and home videos are an absolute must for today’s buyer who want to preview a property before going outside or even considering it
  • Clean, clean, clean and then declutter your home. This is especially important now as more and more people are viewing homes in advance via videos, so cleaned out countertops, closets, garages and rooms in general are very important. You want to give an impression of largeness, cleanliness, and openness
  • Price your home to sell. With this being a buyers’ market and credit tight, properly pricing your home is critical. Work with your Realtor to do a detailed comparative market analysis to help you.
  • Vacant homes are more desirable for buyers today, because the risk of germs is greatly reduced
  • Neutral colors. 98% of buyers today want neutral color as opposed to bold colors. Remove wallpaper and boarders. 79% of buyers prefer the light gray colors that are so popular today

Buyer insights:

  • Make sure that you are pre-approved for a mortgage before house shopping
  • Mortgage interest rates are very low and near historically low levels.
  • Deals. There are plenty of deals out there for eager home sellers, so take advantage of this if you are pre-qualified

What about settling a property during this time of national emergency?

We want to stress again, that we are all experiencing something unknown in our nation’s history, so all current guidelines (national, state and local) are changing and are being updated on a daily basis, with the priority on safety, caution and saving lives. So, with this said, many things that were requirements in a settlement such as Certificates of Occupancy and Smoke Certifications are now being done on an honor system because many offices are closed. But be sure that when this national crisis ends, local governments will be spot checking settlements done during this time to verify that all safety requirements are met and that people who said these elements were satisfied were actually met. If they find that there was false information provided, or safety elements such as smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers or hand railings that were not actually done, then severe fines and penalties will be imposed. Everyone is doing the best that they can during this time. Honesty, good faith, safety, common sense and social distancing must be the responsibility of everyone.

Lastly, many settlement elements can be done remotely with wire transfers and electronic signatures and FaceTime, so whenever and wherever possible utilize these tools.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.

Buying/Selling Real Estate – During the Corona Virus Shut Down – 23

Sell House COVID 19

This Podcast by Joe Santoro of Personal Property Managers will provide tips and insights into selling a home and real estate now during the Corona Virus and COVID-19 shut down. Personal Property Managers, http://www.personalpropertymanagers.com services PA and NJ and is your one stop resource for real estate, home downsizing, content estate sales and home watch services. With Personal Property Managers, one call does it all

 

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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Top 9 Secrets to Selling your Home

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Top 9 Secrets to Selling your Home

Get the best possible price in the shortest amount of time.

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If you are serious about selling your home at the best possible price and in the shortest possible time on market, then you’ll want to pay close attention to our top 9 secrets to helping sell your home.

This is part of a continuing series of articles and helpful tips and insights into helping you sell and market your home by Nick Santoro and Joe Santoro of Personal Property Managers. Personal Property Managers specializes in real estate sales and marketing, home downsizing, content clean out and removal and estate sales, and services Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

#1: The first impressions are lasting… and are the only that matter
No matter how good the interior of your home looks, buyers have already judged your home before they walk through the door. You never have a second chance to make a first impression. It’s important to make people feel warm, welcome and safe as they approach the house. Spruce up your home’s exterior with inexpensive shrubs and brightly colored flowers. You can typically get a 100-percent return on the money you put into your home’s curb appeal. Entryways are also important. You often use it as a utility space for your coat and keys. But, when you’re selling, make it welcoming by putting in a small bench, a vase of fresh-cut flowers or even some cookies.

#2: Always be ready to show… you just never know…
Your house needs to be “show-ready” at all times – you never know when your buyer is going to walk through the door. You have to be available whenever they want to come see the place and it has to be in tip-top shape. Don’t leave dishes in the sink, keep the dishwasher cleaned out, the bathrooms sparkling and make sure there are no dust bunnies in the corners. It’s a little inconvenient, but it will get your house sold.

#3: The kitchen comes first… it’s often the first place people look
You’re not actually selling your house, you’re selling your kitchen – that’s how important it is. The benefits of remodeling your kitchen are endless, and the best part of it is that you’ll probably get 85% of your money back. It may be a few thousand dollars to replace countertops where a buyer may knock $10,000 off the asking price if your kitchen looks dated. The fastest, most inexpensive kitchen updates include painting and new cabinet hardware. Use a neutral-color paint so you can present buyers with a blank canvas where they can start envisioning their own style. If you have a little money to spend, buy one fancy stainless steel appliance. Why one? Because when people see one high-end appliance they think all the rest are expensive too and it updates the kitchen.

#4: Take the home out of your house… de-personalize your home
One of the most important things to do when selling your house is to de-personalize it. The more personal stuff in your house, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. Get rid of a third of your stuff – put it in storage. This includes family photos, memorabilia collections and personal keepsakes. Staging simply means arranging your furniture to best showcase the floor plan and maximize the use of space.

#5: Don’t over-upgrade… but keep it clean
Quick fixes before selling always pay off, however expensive makeovers, not so much. You probably won’t get your money back if you do a huge improvement project before you put your house on the market. Instead, do updates that will pay off and get you top dollar. Get a new fresh coat of paint on the walls. Clean the curtains or go buy some inexpensive new ones. Replace door handles, cabinet hardware, make sure closet doors are on track, fix leaky faucets and clean the grout.

#6: Conceal your pets… not everyone likes pets
You might think a cuddly dog would warm the hearts of potential buyers, but you’d be wrong. Not everybody is a dog- or cat-lover. Buyers don’t want to walk in your home and see a bowl full of dog food, smell the kitty litter box or have tufts of pet hair stuck to their clothes. It will give buyers the impression that your house is not clean. If you’re planning an open house, send the critters to a pet hotel for the day.

#7: Light it up… the more light the better
Maximize the light in your home. After location, good light is the one thing that every buyer cites that they want in a home. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine. Do what you have to do make your house bright and cheery – it will make it more sellable.

#8: Half-empty closets… clean them out
Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Take half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left in there. Buyers will snoop, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy.

#9: Pricing it right… be grounded in reality
Find out what your home is worth, then shave 5 to 10 percent off the price. You’ll be stampeded by buyers with multiple bids – even in the worst markets – and they’ll bid up the price over what it’s worth. It takes real courage and most sellers just don’t want to risk it, but it’s the single best strategy to sell a home in today’s market.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Merry Christmas & Seasons Greetings

On behalf of our team at Personal Property Managers (www.personalpropertymanagers.com) we wish you and your family a happy Holiday Season and a Merry Christmas. As you enter the new year and need help with moving, home downsizing, home cleanout, home content sale and liquidation, full-service discount real estate services, home watch services or property management give us a call. With Personal Property Managers…one call does it all. Contact Nick Santoro or Joe Santoro.