Real Estate July 13, 2023

Selling a childhood home can be an emotional and challenging task!

Especially if your parents are downsizing or moving to assisted living. Perhaps one or both of them have passed away, and you are now tasked with selling the home. This can feel overwhelming, but with the right plan and approach, the process can be much more manageable. In this blog post, we will provide tips on how to get the home ready, have an estate sale, and decide what to keep and what to part with. The Joy Team has experience and contacts for you.

Get the Home Ready: First, it is crucial to declutter the home. This can be an emotional process, so take your time. Start with the areas your parents used the most, such as their bedroom, living room, and kitchen. Make sure to pack up items that you will be keeping and label them clearly. Clean the home, paying special attention to the bathrooms and kitchen. Consider hiring a professional cleaning service, so the home is ready for open houses.

Have an Estate Sale: Estate sales are an excellent way to sell items that you or your family will not be keeping. Estate sale companies can help price the items and organize the sale. Make sure to research and hire a reputable estate sale company. You can also sell items on online marketplaces such as eBay or Facebook Marketplace. Keep in mind that selling items takes time, so start early.

Decide What to Keep and What to Part With: Downsizing can be challenging, and it is essential to make sure you are keeping what you truly need and will use. Start by making a list of sentimental items that you want to keep, such as family photos and mementos. Then, consider how much space you have in your new home. Will certain furniture or appliances fit? It can be helpful to measure your new space before deciding what to keep. Donate or sell items that you don’t need or won’t fit in your new home.

Sell the House: Now that you have decluttered and organized the house, it is time to sell it. Consider hiring The Joy Team who specializes in your market. They will be able to guide you through the process and help sell the house for a fair price.  Consider factors such as their experience, reputation, and marketing strategies.

Embrace the Change: Selling Mom and Dad’s house is not an easy task, but it can be a positive experience. Downsizing or moving to assisted living often means simplifying your life, reducing expenses, and embracing new opportunities. Moving can also be an opportunity to create new memories and start fresh. Remember to take things one step at a time and prioritize self-care during this process.


Selling your childhood home can be a challenging and emotional experience. However, with the right plan and approach, it can be much more manageable. Start by getting the home ready and having an estate sale to sell items you won’t be keeping. Then, decide what to keep and what to part with and sell the house with the help of a reputable real estate agent. Finally, remember to embrace the change and focus on self-care during this process.