Home Improvements for Empty Nesters

Published on 11/18/2019




Exciting Home Improvement Ideas for Empty Nesters


Becoming an empty nester can present an emotional challenge, but experts usually suggest finding ways to cope with this new change as soon as possible. Two things that can help are staying busy and setting new goals. Home improvement projects offer a great way to combine those two suggestions. 


Determine Your Future Plans First


Before you start any home improvement projects, you’ll need to determine what you’d like to do with the home in the next five to ten years. If you think you’ll end up selling your home, then it’s important to know your home’s appraisal value. Knowing that your home will be up for sale soon will influence the type of home improvement projects you invest in as you’ll need to focus on projects that increase your home’s value. According to The Balance, a few of the best ways to do that are remodeling the kitchen, replacing the windows, and replacing dated vinyl siding on the exterior. You may also be thinking about aging in place one day. In this case, it would make sense to look into the home modifications you need to make your home accessible. 


Create a True Master Suite


If there’s now a free room beside your bedroom, you have the opportunity to expand and create a large master suite. This can be quite an extensive project depending on what you want, so it requires a good deal of planning. This article by Simply Additions suggests starting with jotting down your ideas for the new bedroom, detailing your must-haves, and setting your budget. You’ll also need to find a qualified contractor to carry out the project and determine a likely timeline for its completion. If you’re not quite sure what kind of layout would be most ideal, then have a look at some of these plans and find one that works best. 


Cater to Your Hobbies or Wellness Needs


Unlike a master suite remodel, changing up a room to focus on your interests doesn’t need to be an expensive venture. You can transform a free room into a reading space by adding comfortable chairs, adequate lighting, and complementing accessories like rugs and artwork. You can also create interesting storage spaces for your books as shown in this article by Real Homes. If you’re more interested in a home gym, then you can do this easily by getting a yoga mat, resistance bands, weightlifting equipment, and mirrors. You can even have a great game room on a budget. All you need to do is update lighting and furniture, then bring in the games that you like. 


Revamp the Outdoor Space


Your home improvement projects don’t have to stop at the interior of your house. You can also revamp your front yard and backyard spaces while maintaining your budget. Revamp your front yard by using affordable plants and renovating existing items instead of replacing them. Your back yard, on the other hand, can be improved if you practice vertical gardening and build a fire pit. While working on the back yard, you can also look at ways to create a flow from the house to the outdoor space through the installation of sliding doors or some other connecting instrument. 


While it may take a while to become accustomed to your children being away, getting involved in other projects will help you to focus on other things and give your new life a different kind of structure. Not only that, but these home improvements will give you a revamped home to enjoy. 

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