First, if your mother is still aware of her surroundings, see if there are any personal items that she wants in her new home. A familiar lamp or a painting or something should be taken out before you dissolve her home. Ok, how many siblings do you have and is there anything there that has sentimental value to them? Work out a system of how to divide those things. One child might want your mom's silver; someone else might want the flag that your father had framed. One child might want the quilt that she kids made for Grandma. You mentioned some antiques--you might want to make a list of all of those items and suspected items and photograph them and have them evaluated by an antique dealer. When we dissolved my mother-in-law's home, we took pictures of all of the furniture and set prices on it and put it on craig's list and posted it at church and a nearby college campus. We had a sell by date on the list and then anything that was not sold was included in the garage sale. We had a big garage sale and enlisted the help of a lot of friends. We had tables set up with $1, $5, $10 items and then had other items individually marked. At the end of the two day sale, we had a charity pick up the remaining items. My friend went the auction route to empty her dad's home. They came out and boxed up everything and sold it by the "lot" (like the contents of a drawer was a "lot". The furniture was auctioned off separately. It did not get as high a price as we got for some of our furniture, and then they had to pay the auctioneer a percentage of the sales. You might want to figure out how much help you can count on from family and friends and consider that in your decision.