We bought our house in 1979 for $65,000. 3 story farmhouse style. Excellent neighborhood. Over the years we scrimped and saved to raise our family. The house only got things that we absolutely needed - storm windows, roof, new appliance here and there. My husband retired last year (he's 70) - I'm still working. Our house needs help (for example - every downstairs window (they are big - 82" long) must be propped open with a big dowel and some are very unstable / we only have 1.5 bathrooms - how did we raise 4 kids / we never put in central air - high ceilings and big trees help, or so we told ourselves). We paid off the mortgage long ago, and have no debts. Part of me feels that we should fix it up regardless of whether we decide to stay or downsize - because we would get more money for it. The other part says - you've lived like this for 35 years - better leave things alone! I was wondering if we could get a home inspection first that would point out the major issues that we really should fix regardless of whether we sell or stay. Any suggestions??