Key Signs You Should Sell Your Home When You Retire


It might be difficult to balance lifestyle and money concerns once you retire. It may appear more cost-effective to remain in your home if you own it. Other things to think about are maintenance costs and whether you’re spending a fortune to heat and cool rooms that aren’t being used.

When you retire, selling your property may also enable you to relocate closer to your grandchildren or perhaps to a location with more activities and interests, like golf courses, the ocean, or mountains. 

Check out these 12 essential indications that you should retire and sell your property.

You Need the Funds

Most Americans do not have enough money saved for retirement, according to the 2019 savings survey from GOBankingRates.

Selling your home, especially in our present seller’s market, can give you a comfortable life savings if you fit this description and have paid off your mortgage.

Your savings can increase and last for the rest of your life if you invest some of the money from the sale of your home. Consider low-risk investments like annuities, dividend-paying equities, municipal bonds, and real estate investment trusts (REIT) for the greatest outcomes.

You Have the Money to Pay the Moving Costs

While downsizing by selling your home can save you money in the long run, keep in mind that you will still have to pay for your move, which can be expensive.

The projected cost to relocate a three-bedroom house ranges from $1,500 to over $10,000, assuming the average retired couple or individual will employ movers rather than handle all of the packing, loading, and moving themselves. The expense of the move increases with how far away your new residence is. But even when you stay in the same place, expenses can build up.

You Want Improved Amenities

You don’t have to move into a home without modern amenities if you’re downsizing to save money. In fact, if the property you’re selling is older, you might be missing out on certain modern conveniences right now, such smart home features and an open-concept layout.

Avoid repeating the same error if the storage space in your present home is inadequate. You might want your new house to have built-in storage, walk-in closets, and a spacious garage for parking automobiles and storing boxes of mementos.

It Would Be Too Expensive to Age in Place

It makes sense to desire to age in place or remain in your own house as you become older, but doing so frequently necessitates making some home improvements. For instance, if you have mobility challenges, you may need to have a ramp built to supplement the front stairs, add a bedroom and a complete bathroom to the first floor, make the bathroom accessible with handicap bars and a walk-in tub, and modify the height of the kitchen sink or even the dishwasher.

The average cost of staying put and remodeling your current home can range anywhere from $10,000 to $40,000. Moving to a new house that is ready for aging-in-place might be more economical.

You Want to Reduce Yard Work

The work and effort you put into keeping the backyard might be made worthwhile by watching your kids play in the sprinklers on a hot summer afternoon. But when the kids become older, all that planting, watering, mowing, and weeding may get tiresome and time-consuming.

When you retire, you can avoid yard work and snow shovelling by moving from a large single-family home to a condo. You may reclaim your Saturday afternoons and use them to play golf or spend time with the grandchildren at the pool.

You Pay a Lot of Taxes

Selling your home and moving to a state with lower taxes, like Maryland or Washington, could help you save money if you currently reside in a state with a high property tax burden, like New Jersey or Connecticut. This is important for people on limited incomes because even an extra $500 or $1,000 a year can significantly improve your quality of life.

Before making a decision, confirm the cost of housing in the state where you plan to move. Only when housing costs are equal to or less than what you are presently paying will this money-saving strategy be effective. The same is true of daily living costs like food, utilities, medical care, and transportation.

Your Neighborhood is Changing

One of the largest generations in history, millennials are now starting to buy houses, establish roots, and start their own families after the bulk of them entered the workforce. This indicates that many cities are making an effort to appeal to younger generations by establishing businesses and services like coffee shops, hip restaurants, organic markets, home improvement stores, yoga studios, and independent boutiques.

The changes happening in your community might not be to your taste if you don’t like change or prefer to hang out with other retirees. Make sure the demographics, amenities, and cost of living in any cities or towns you are thinking about match your needs by doing some research on them.

You Want to  Reduce Utility Cost

Utilities can take a big bite out of your monthly savings, especially if you reside somewhere with intense heat or cold. One of the key drivers of downsizing is affordability. According to Steve Chen, founder of NewRetirement, “affordability is a key concern – are the carrying costs for the property, including maintenance, sustainable?”

When your huge property is packed with people, central heating and air conditioning may be cost-effective. However, if your children have left home and it is only you and your spouse, this efficiency rapidly goes to waste as you heat and cool unused spaces. You may save a ton of money each month on utilities by downsizing. Additionally, energy-efficient construction features like renewable resources, solar energy, cutting-edge insulation, and other eco-friendly choices are frequently used in the construction of new homes.

You Might be Able to Profit

Selling your property in the current market could result in a large profit if you own it outright or have a lot of equity. According to CNN, the nationwide housing shortage has created a hot real estate market where property prices have increased by 13% over the past year. If you are getting close to retirement, the money you get from selling your home could help you save money for the future.

The Weather is Better

Good-bye, cold weather. Freedom is one of retirement’s many advantages. Florida isn’t the only place with a warm climate. Arizona, California, and parts of Texas, South Carolina, and Georgia are also warm.

Just remember to take other aspects into account when making your choice. Seniors who don’t want to drive in retirement, for instance, may prefer to select cities with decent public transit networks.

You Wish to be Nearer to the Grandchildren

If your kids and grandkids live in a different state from you, you may have to sell your home, move, and move again in order to downsize after you retire. You may use this as an opportunity to downsize, perhaps moving from a house to a condo, or you might try renting.

One error you must avoid is making a hasty choice for the future. When relocating, people don’t always consider things thoroughly, which can lead to them not enjoying the new city or town.

To ensure that the neighbourhood facilities are to your taste, think about taking a lengthy vacation in the place where you intend to relocate. Look into the local healthcare systems as well as the cultural scene, parks, and other amenities for activities you enjoy.

You’re Attracted to Living in a Condo

Saying good-bye to chores like upkeep and landscaping and hello to free time can be the result of selling your home and relocating to a condo.

You’ll have more time and energy to do things you enjoy because you’ll have less to do when you have less space. Additionally, many condo buildings nowadays are integrated communities. This means that your complex might feature a pool, gym, spa, common room, and even planned activities, along with new options for socialising and making friends. A condo normally has a lower mortgage than a house, so in addition to having a simpler lifestyle, you could be able to increase your retirement funds.

Greg Bilbro

Greg Bilbro

Greg Bilbro is the CEO and co-founder of GeoFlip. After a decade of successfully flipping hundreds of distressed residential properties himself, Bilbro founded GeoFlip. His single focus is to deliver in-bound leads and build 7-figure results for REI's nationwide. His history of 20+ years as principal buyer, 10+ years generating leads and 2,600 Conversion Coaching hours makes him an authority in the lead gen space. Prior to entering the real estate space, Bilbro was a Series 7 and 63 securities and registered investment advisor with New York Life and NYLife Securities. Soon after being named “Rookie of the Year”, he was promoted to become the youngest Partner nationwide at New York Life at just 25 years old. Bilbro is a native of Texas and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of New Mexico. He currently hangs his hat in Scottsdale, Arizona with his sidekick Frenchie, “Bity.”