Selling a Home Can Be Frustrating, and These 4 Tips Will Help Any Senior Prepare for the New Elder Care Adventure Awaiting Them

Selling a home is a stressful situation for anyone, regardless of age. For aging seniors, especially those who may depend on some type of elder care, it can feel overwhelming. In today’s economy, with market upswings and downswings, hyperinflation, and uncertainty about the future, it can feel even more confounding.

When an aging senior is planning a move, such as to assisted living, it makes sense to sell their home. There’s no real point for an aging senior to continue holding onto a home when they are transitioning to an assisted living facility.

Below are four tips that can help make this process smoother, easier to handle, and less emotionally overwhelming. Keep in mind, though, that if an elderly person would benefit from some type of support, elder care options are available, including transitioning to assisted living.

Now, let’s discuss how an aging senior can go about selling their home with the least amount of stress and the best results possible.


Find a reliable Real Estate professional.

Assisted Living Citronelle, AL: Selling a Home

Assisted Living Citronelle, AL: Selling a Home

There are many realtors out there, but that doesn’t make all of them the right choice. Many seniors may feel overwhelmed by the process, so they choose the first person they find. Or they end up with a realtor who is highly aggressive, pushing them to sign up with them immediately without answering real questions.

Seniors have different needs when it comes to selling a home, so it’s important that this elderly person finds a real estate agent who has experience helping other seniors. There’s also a great resource called the Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) website that can help seniors acquire the right connections.


Have a timeline in mind.

Staying organized is one of the best aspects of helping seniors sell their home with the least amount of stress. Part of this includes having the right timeline in mind. Even though the senior may be transitioning to assisted living in the next few weeks, they don’t have to rush the sale of their home.

If they haven’t chosen an assisted living facility yet, they don’t want to sell their home too quickly and end up without a place to live. Make sure the timeline is reasonable.


Learn to “stage” the home.

This means decluttering, removing as many items of furniture and other personal mementos as possible, and making sure a prospective buyer can see their own vision rather than everything that’s in place right now.

A significant number of sellers noted an increase in price offers when they properly staged their homes.


Determine if any improvements are needed at this time.

Avoid remodeling the bathroom or kitchen, replacing the carpeting, and so on. New homeowners would rather do that themselves and get the results they want. If the kitchen or bathroom or carpeting is in poor shape, get an estimate on what it would cost to renovate these areas and then offer a prospective buyer 50% of that cost as a discount on the sale price.

Both buyer and seller win and the senior doesn’t have to deal with the hassles of major renovation while he or she is preparing for a move to assisted living.

If you or an aging loved one are considering a move to an Assisted Living facility near Citronelle, AL, contact Ashbury Manor Specialty Care and Assisted Living at 251-317-3017.

About Cindy Johnson

Ashbury Manor’s Administrator since 2008, Cindy Johnson is a long-time expert in the assisted living field. Prior to her arrival at Ashbury Manor, Cindy managed acquisitions and crisis management for existing and new larger senior care project developments for eleven years. As regional manager for an Oregon-based assisted living management company, Cindy was directly responsible for operations for five 50-65 bed assisted living facilities. As manager during the transition to new ownership, Cindy reorganized internal operations and conducted leadership training for Executive Directors. As a result of her management and expertise, one of the company’s facilities (in Ocala, Florida) received a deficiency-free survey, resulting in the lifting of a moratorium on operation.

A nurse for 36 years, senior care has always been Cindy’s passion. Desiring to work more closely with residents, Cindy became a Category II Administrator in 2005. As Ashbury Manor’s Administrator, Cindy understands the complexities associated with dementia and cognitive impairment and she has fallen in love with seniors with dementia or cognitive impairment and their families.

Cindy is Treasurer of the local “Senior Coalition” chapter. She enjoys mentoring new candidates who want to become administrators.

As a 16-bed facility, with Cindy's training and experience, our residents and their families can be sure Ashbury Manor’s carefully selected staff provides the expertise of a larger facility while maintaining the individualized personal care of a small special needs home.
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