As you make the decision to move to a retirement community, one of the secondary decisions you must make is whether to sell your home or keep it. This isn’t an easy decision for many seniors even though they are happily entering a new phase of their lives. There is no right or wrong answer, only what works for you. Keep the Home Moving is a big challenge for anyone, especially if you’ve accumulated years of stuff. Trying to clear everything out so you can sell your house while moving to a new home in a retirement community can be overwhelming. One reason to keep your home – at least for now, is to give you time to settle into your new place before you sort through years or decades of stuff to sell the house. Not only does this allow you to concentrate on one big change at a time, you may be less sentimental later on when you’ve had time away from the house. Keeping your home for now also gives you more confidence in your move. You know that you always have a place to go back to if you aren’t happy in your new home. While most seniors will not want to leave once they get settled in, it can take away some of the fear of the unknown if it’s not viewed as a permanent or irreversible decision. Sell the Home Your other option is to sell the home when you move into a retirement community. There are several reasons why this might be the best option. First, you may need the money for your new home or to put in savings for other expenses. Another good reason to choose to sell is because you don’t want to worry about maintenance or other issues when you no longer live in the home. Houses tend to fall apart if no one is living in them and fixing problems as they arise. Your home could lose value if you wait to sell a few years down the road. Instead, it’s often better to sell now while the house is livable. If you are moving because you aren’t able to take care of yourself as much as before, you won’t want to leave the responsibility of maintaining or selling your home to your kids. It will just be an added burden, one you can take care of now while you have time and the ability. If you choose to sell, realize that you will have to work on getting moved out while you are showing the home. You must keep it in good shape even as you pack and organize your stuff. You might want to hire a professional moving consultant to help you through the process. There is no right or wrong answer to whether you should keep or sell your home as you move into a retirement community. The best option is the one that fits your situation and needs and makes life better for you.