Talking with your parents or older adult loved ones about selling their home can be a difficult and emotional experience. Presence Life Connections is here to help you organize the home-selling process. Once you and your loved ones are ready, reference this guide to make sure you've covered all your bases.
Personal: Before diving right into preparations for selling the house, be sure to invest some time in "people preparations.” Although you may see the decision as an easy one, your parent or loved one will likely view selling the house as "giving up" the place they've called home for many years. Besides, you'll need the extra time they'll spend adjusting to the idea to get things in order.
Cleaning: Chances are, if it's time for your parents or older adult loved ones to move to a different living arrangement, routine housework like dusting, mopping and more have probably become challenging for them. The house is probably long overdue for a good "spring cleaning."
Low-budget option: Consider hiring a trusted friend or family member.
Home organization: It will be difficult for your parents to categorize and prioritize the items they plan to keep with them when they move and those they're going to part with. A home organizer can help with this process. To help your loved ones deal with the emotional strain of this task, give them the option of donating some of their furniture or collector's items to family members. That way, they can still enjoy them when they come for a visit.
Realtor: Over the age of 50 and considering selling the family home? You need a realtor with senior experience, knowledge and marketing savvy. Find senior real estate specialists in your area as well as other helpful resources at sres.org, a service of the National Association of Realtors. SRES® designees are certified senior specialists who are knowledgeable about the financial and emotional challenges senior clients face when they sell a long-held family home.
Home stager: Your parents' home and all the treasures contained in it are no doubt very special to them, but it's important that potential buyers envision themselves living in the house. Your realtor can put you in touch with a home stager who can advise you of any changes that need to be made in order to make the house more appealing to a wide variety of people. Prepare your older adult loved ones for possible changes like new paint colors, minimal decorations and more but remind them that many communities (like Presence Life Connections) encourage residents to personalize their new homes.
Moving companies: You sold your parents' home - congratulations! By this time, you and your loved ones have hopefully decided on a new home that best meets their needs and are eager to begin this new chapter in all your lives. The final choice is contracting with a moving company to bring your loved one's items to the new home. Be sure to ask the company for any senior-specific packages.
Low-budget option: Ask family and friends to help you move your parent(s) to their new home. They won't have as many items to transport so you can probably handle the job and this way you know your loved ones' items are in good hands.
Stay connected: Once your loved ones are settled in their new home at a Presence Life Connections community, stay connected with them.