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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Personal Finance in Your 40's & 50's by Susan Shelly, Sarah Fisher

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Chapter 11To Stay or Not To Stay?

In This Chapter
  • Looking at changing housing needs
  • Considering having an aging parent move in
  • Deciding to build a new home
  • Choosing a builder
  • Renovating the home you have

Whether or not you regard your home as your castle, it’s no doubt a very important place to you and your family.

As discussed briefly in Chapter 3, “On the Plus Side,” our homes are much, much more than just structures in which we live. They’re the places where we’ve watched—or are watching—our children grow up. They’re where we invite our friends to come for dinner parties, celebrate holidays with people we love, and take off our shoes and just relax. They’re safe places—places where we can laugh, cry, or express our frustrations with the world. We ...

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