Normally, when you're selling one home, you're enthusiastically planning for the purchase of another.
Forty years was a very long time to live in one place. All their life cycle milestones were tied to this residence. Every displayed memento needing to be wrapped, sold or trashed unleashed a torrent of near- paralyzing memories. Packing up was excruciating.
Picture elderly clients with serious health concerns. Leaving the house normally meant a visit to the doctor. A flight of steps and practically any distance at all needed to be avoided at all costs. Their minds were on other issues - pressing issues like estate planning - serious issues - matters of life and death.
My home visits needed to be brief. Sitting for any length of time was difficult for them and a limited attention span resulted from their obvious pain. The information I brought yielded little more than a cursory glance. Interest in the recommendations I made was practically nonexistent.
However devastating it was for them to leave a home they owned for so many decades, this property was like a noose around their necks and the time had come to let it go.
Don't let this happen to you.
Move while you're still young enough to enjoy it.