Sending a child off to college or study abroad can be a bittersweet moment for parents. While it can mark an important milestone and achievement, it can also be the first time a child is living away from home for an extended period of time.
For new empty nesters, making some home improvements when children move out can be helpful to updating and reviving certain spaces in the home, allowing parents to make better use of them as living arrangements change and families enter a new chapter of life.
It can also be the key boosting a home’s value if empty nesters may be considering selling their home and downsizing in the coming months (or year).
Home Improvement Ideas for Empty Nesters
- Converting bedrooms into versatile spaces – With your children not living in your home for the next few months (or longer), consider converting their bedrooms into a useful space, like a home office, a home gym or an activities room. This room can double as a guest room (when kids come home for breaks or other guests visit). You may even want to consider adding versatile furniture to make this room easy to convert into a new space, based on your family’s evolving needs.
- Note: On average, home office additions to a house yield a roughly 40 percent return on the investment.
- Updating kitchen countertops – Refinishing the countertops and/or backsplash in your kitchen can go a long way towards updating the look and feel of your kitchen space. It can also be the ideal time to change up the floor plan of your kitchen and/or replace some of the aging major appliances. In fact, if you are only working with a limited remodel budget – and you may be preparing to put your home on the market, you may want to start your updates in the kitchen, which is one of the first spaces prospective typically buyers check out.
- Note: Kitchen updates can yield as much as a 66 percent return on the investment (particularly if newer major appliances are added).
- Refinishing the bathtubs and/or bathroom tile – Just like newly refinished countertops and backsplashes can revive the appearance and feel of a kitchen, newly refinished tile and/or bathtubs can refresh the look and ambience of the bathroom space. When making these updates, it may also be a good time to consider adding in a conversion tub or other features (like shelving, cabinets, or privacy walls) to refine your bathroom space and make it more suitable for the people actually using it.
- Note: With the right updates, bathroom remodels can yield a roughly 60 percent return on investment.
Let’s Talk about Updating Your Bathroom: Contact Our Denver Bathtub Refinishing Pros for a Free Quote
Are you ready to refinish the bathtubs, tile and/or countertops in your home? If so, the Denver bathtub refinishing pros at Colorado Tub Repair are ready to talk about your needs and provide you with a free quote. Call (303) 908-8764 or email us using this contact form to speak to one of our experienced, trusted pros today.