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Most common home improvements once the kids have moved out

It can be hard when your kids fly the nest – the empty bedrooms, quiet nights, full cupboards. However, what if you turned what feels like a negative, into a positive? Once your kids leave home to do their own thing, you regain a sense of freedom you never had before. Suddenly your schedule becomes more flexible and your home has so much unused space. So, with your newfound free time, it might be a good idea to get stuck into some home improvements, helping to make your house feel like home again. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Convert a bedroom

Converting a bedroom is a popular option once your kids have left home. A survey by equity release mortgage specialists, Key, suggests that nearly 40% of people asked turned their child’s old room into something else. Perhaps you feel your house has lacked facilities, but you’ve had no spare space to make it happen. Well, here is your chance. A spokesperson for Key Later Life Finance said: “While your children flying the nest can be an emotional time, it also presents opportunities to start enjoying things in life that you may have had to put on the back burner. There are many options for this improvement, but some of the most popular ones are:

  • Home office 
  • Guest bedroom 
  • Snug 
  • Cinema room 
  • Home gym 

Large home improvements 

When your kids leave home your financial outgoings will significantly decrease and with the cost of living at an all-time high, every little helps. Energy bills will get cheaper and food shopping will reduce, among other things. So, with this spare cash in hand, why not use it to make some drastic changes to your home? According to Key, 56% of people decided not to downsize once their kids left home despite being able to access large amounts of cash with opportunities such as equity release.

Large home improvements don’t have to be visible. For example, getting a new, more efficient heating system could help your quality of life. However, with nearly 90% of people surveyed suggesting they’ll have an open-door policy for their kids, an extension or loft conversion could be a great option. 

Revamp the garden 

Once your kids have left home, it allows you to enjoy some well-deserved me-time. If you have a passion for gardening, now is your chance to give your outdoor space some TLC. Why not invest in a new patio or buy some beautiful outdoor furniture? The choice is yours.