Selling Mom and Dad’s house long distance was a nightmare!! I had the interior repainted and re-carpeted. I had new landscaping done, etc. I moved 60 years of accumulation out of their house and cleaned, repaired and fixed up the place. At the same time I took care of my crippled mother with Parkinson’s and a father with a hip fracture, cancerous lung and brain tumors and Parkinson’s dementia to boot) and got the house on the market by Sept. 1st. The house sold the first day on the market (unheard of in this economy) because I way underpriced it. Frankly, I couldn’t stand the thought of driving to Portland every weekend in the winter to check on heat and water pipes, etc. Three hours one way was just not in the cards for me! Talk about stress….
The lesson here would be that if you have gotten to the point where you know you can’t handle the details of getting your home ready to sell then it’s probably too late. Try to move into a condo or retirement facility before you fall apart physically.
Hope that helps. I guess now I have to swallow my own medicine. I know all of the above will happen for me sooner than I care to admit. I just hope I can graciously acknowledge it and do something about it when it’s at my doorstep! Anything you can add?