If a widowed mother now lives with a caregiver, how long should the family wait to sell her uninhabited large home?

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I read that your mother has mobility problems. I wondered if she is still competent to make decisions about the house. If she is, I would follow her wishes about the house if she haves enough money to pay for the upkeep. I understand wanting to get rid of the extra responsibility, so it would be nice if she agreed to selling it. The extra money for her care would be nice, too. However, I would let her make the decision if she is compentent, since it is her house. She could be devastated if she learned you sold it without her consent.
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If there is no chance she'll be moving back into the home, sell it. When my mother died a year ago, my dad came to live with my husband and I. I have POA. My siblings and I decided we should sell. Their home was paid for and we figured he may need the proceeds for long term care at some point. We put the funds in a money market account so we could get to it, if needed, but it also is earning some interest. We moved some of his personal belongings here and put the rest in storage. We had more than enough on our plates and figured we could deal with that later. Plus, the items still belong to my dad and we felt it wasn't appropriate to just sell or divide up everything yet since he is still living. Back then he still had moments where we could discuss the really hard decisions with him and he was always totally supportive of our choices. It was a lot to deal with but I'm glad we got that done and now have one less thing to worry about.
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