Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 SAL.2002007747

what should I do?I'll readily admit I'm not as young as I used to be.  I loved playing soccer and being the goalie, but those decades of fun came at a price.  Torn PCL, surgery for a torn meniscus in the other knee, multiple incidences of broken or separated ribs, bruises too numerous to count, and I don't want to know what the inside of my throwing shoulder looks like, but I know I can now only throw a ball ONCE.  The net of it is I have some chronic problems that impact my choice of housing now and in the future (and I have a pretty good idea in advance when it's going to rain!).  Stairs are NOT my friend, but fortunately we have single level living in our home.

But not everyone buys a ranch style home or a home with a first floor bedroom, and as we get older that sometimes leads to some tough choices.

My parents bought an old farmhouse in West Virginia with a couple of acres and a small river on the back property line.  The scenery is magnificient and peaceful, but all the bedrooms are on the 2nd floor and there was only a half bath on the main floor.  There have been times for both of my parents when going up the stairs was an impossibility.  They recognized the issue long ago and added a shower in the laundry room, and they have a day bed in the sunroom for those times when going upstairs isn't an option.

Liz's parents faced a similar hurdle as her father got older.  All the bedrooms were upstairs, so as his heart increasingly gave him trouble, the stairs were a major obstacle.  They had a chair lift installed so he could make it upstairs to sleep and shower.

In both cases, our parents were able to make accomodations so that selling their homes and buying a new home weren't mandatory.

And thanks to much of our work being with buyers seeking low maintenance living via patio homes or condos, we often have clients facing a similar decision.

Do they adapt their current home for aging in place, or do they seek a new home that is already equipped to meet changing physical needs?

Part of our role is providing people the information they need to make that decision.

While we're not contractors, we do have a good idea of what changes to a home impact value.

We can help evaluate what a home should sell for and how quickly.

We can help evaluate what homes are on the market that would meet their needs.

We can provide the key information that can help a potential seller determine "Should I stay or should I go now?"  and resolve the clash of conflicting ideas.

And despite what some might think, our advice is NOT automatically to sell.  Sometimes it's far better to make the changes that can be made and stay put.  Other times making the change, on your own terms and schedule, is the prudent decision.

Need help with that guidance?  Just give me (Bill) a call at 513-520-5305 for a no hassle consultation.

Serving Greater Cincinnati home buyers and sellers,

Bill & Liz aka BLiz

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Elizabeth Spear, ABR, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2002007747

William (Bill) Spear, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2004011109  Kentucky 77938
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Liz and Bill:  lifestyle choices don't always lead to a move but adjustment to a current situation.  Knowing options short and long term often are a part of the strategy.  

Sep 19, 2020 09:54 PM #1
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Absolutely. It's not always necessary to move, and in many cases, home owners don't really want to go anywhere. Sometimes it is better to change the house in some way so it accommodates whatever issues came up.

We specifically purchased a one-level home this time, with no stairs required anywhere. So we won't HAVE to move as we age (unless we want to)....

Sep 20, 2020 04:54 AM #2
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Many of us have this same issues. Our bedrooms are on the second floor and we know that we should consider a move.

Sep 20, 2020 05:25 AM #3
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am so glad that I made it through my younger years of playing sports without any major injuries that I would have to deal with for the rest of my life.  My goal now is to keep preserving myself in order to be able to continue playing sports at a high level well into my 70's and hopefully even 80's God willing.

Sep 20, 2020 07:28 AM #4
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Hello Bill,  these things to consider ... and like you, my recommendation is not always to sell. There are many things to consider.  If modifying the existing home works - that may be the better option.  Other times, a move makes more sense. 

Sep 20, 2020 08:32 AM #5
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Bill- my knees were hurting just reading this. When and if the time comes for many of us, it's best to visit all options. You may not have to move. My brother has a single story home and is planning for when his in-laws will move in. He has already renovated the bathroom they will use to accommodate their needs. 

Sep 20, 2020 10:12 AM #6
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I am 47 but thinking of this stuff all the time, I own a ranch, but wonder if I will sell someday

Oct 03, 2020 07:17 AM #7
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