As we age, our lives and needs change. Our children move out of the house. They may even move out of state.
Suddenly, that house we needed to raise our family is too large for us. It's too large for occasional visits from the out-of-town grandchildren.
And it's too large to keep up as our health declines.
Now is the time to make the decision to downsize. Yes, your house may be manageable now. But what if a catastrophic illness hits you? Who will take care of the house then? Your children have their own jobs, lives and houses. Can your spouse do all the yard work? Or all the grocery shopping?
Start thinking now about what you really need in a house. This is a difficult decision, as there are many friends in the neighborhood, and you are comfortable with your surroundings.
Just keep in mind what is best for you.