Embarking on the journey of managing an estate in probate as a personal representative is undoubtedly a challenging task. I understand that this role comes with emotional weight and complex decisions, particularly when it comes to the property you’ve inherited or tasked with managing. I work closely with families in Delaware County who are facing situations like this, and we aim to offer you support and insights as you navigate the intricate landscape of probate real estate.


The choices of whether to keep, sell, rent, or renovate the property are deeply personal, and we’re here to help you make informed decisions that align with your unique circumstances. You may be unsure what your options are, or need some assistance thinking through them to decide what might be best.


Ultimately, the decision is up to you, but I can be your advocate while you mull it over and help you determine what your plan of action would look like, depending on your goals!


  • Assessing the Property: Begin by thoroughly assessing the inherited property. Take note of its condition, market value, location, and potential for renovation. Understanding these factors will provide you with a solid foundation for the decisions ahead.
  • Keeping the Property: Keeping the property is a viable option if it holds sentimental value or if you see it as a long-term investment. Consider the financial implications, ongoing maintenance costs, and property taxes. Keeping the property might be suitable if it aligns with your personal or financial goals.
  • Selling the Property: Selling the property is a common choice in probate cases. This option allows for the equitable distribution of assets among heirs. Engage the services of a qualified real estate agent experienced in probate sales to help you navigate the legalities and maximize the property’s market value.
  • Renting the Property: If you’re not ready to part with the property but are not planning to live in it, renting can be a viable option. Rental income can provide financial support, covering maintenance costs and property taxes. However, it comes with responsibilities such as property management and tenant relations.
  • Renovating the Property: Renovating the inherited property can enhance its market value and appeal. This option is suitable if the property requires updates or repairs. Evaluate the potential return on investment and weigh it against the costs involved. Consult with professionals to ensure renovations align with local zoning and building regulations.
  • Consulting Professionals: Navigating probate real estate can be complex, and seeking professional guidance is essential. Engage with probate attorneys, real estate agents, and financial advisors who specialize in probate cases. Their expertise will help you make informed decisions and ensure compliance with legal requirements.


Deciding whether to keep, sell, rent, or renovate an inherited property in probate requires careful thought and consideration. Assess the property’s condition, market value, and your personal goals before making a decision. Seek the guidance of experienced professionals to navigate the complexities of probate real estate and ensure a smooth process for all parties involved.


No matter what direction you take, I will be here to help you through the entire process. Make your first step reaching out to me, and let’s work together!