I am thinking of selling my house. My son replaced all the kitchen appliances with stainless steel ones. .. not wants to replace the counters with granite. The deck is going to be repainted, and many other things to be done including the out doors with replacing plants that died over the winter.
I just wonder how much money I should be putting into the house? My husband always said that it would be better to ask less and not get overly involved with every detail. He passed away in 2013, so I now have the responsibility to make all these decisions. What do you suggest?
Terry Says: Well, it is very nice that your son replaced the appliances; that will certainly help sell the house for a higher price. But who paid for the appliances? And how much will the granite countertops cost? The buyers might want to replace the cabinets if they are old, so it seems a bit of a waste to put in new countertops!
But here is the real question that is on my mind in reading your post. Are you organized about how you will manage the money you get from the sale of the house, where you will live, and what happens if you are in any way incapacitated? I don’t know your relationship with your son, or other children. But I do know that now would be the time to get some trusted advice, for your life plans, for a new estate plan, and for your investments.
By reading my blog, you know I have a very “soft spot” for older women on their own. If you will post again (or send me an email to Terry@TerrySavage.com) telling me where you live, I will try to make a connection for you for these things.