Have the kids left the nest? Congrats — now here’s what you need to do with your home.
Leaving home is terrible for a young adult, but it is even more painful for the parents they leave behind. Parenting has most likely been your primary focus for the previous 18 years, and that is about to change. You now have time to focus on those home updates that you have been pushing back to focus on child-rearing. You will miss your child, but don’t allow that grief to cloud your judgment of all the positive aspects of their departure. This is not the end, but rather a fresh beginning. You’re about to embark on a new phase in your life with fewer responsibilities. Here are some things you can do around your home after your kids leave the nest.
Here’s what you can do after your kiddos leave home!
While it may not be prudent to make this decision right away, downsizing to a smaller house can be quite beneficial in the long run. Empty rooms may be unpleasant since they serve simply to remind you of a life that no longer exists. Downsizing to a smaller house will save you time and money. If you need more reasons (seven to be exact), check out this guide.
Make it into an investment property
Now your home is too large for just you and your partner. However, you do not want to lose out on the equity that you’ve built over the years. We have the perfect solution for you! Turn your home into an investment property! You can still downsize to a more affordable and functional space while making money off your old home, whether that is through leasing or vacation rental. Then when your child or children are done with school, you can give them their childhood home!
Declutter the space
When a kid leaves home, some parents find it difficult to let go of any of their possessions, even if they are essentially worthless clutter. Avoid falling into this trap. Be proactive in getting rid of excess stuff if you have an empty nest. Donate old clothing, organize your kitchen, store items, and free up space in your house. Make a shrine out of your child’s old bedroom. It’s fine to save some of their belongings, but be judicious about what you save!
Remodel the kitchen
You’ve spent 18 years (or more) taking care of your family. After years of grubby hands and constant use, you deserve that luxury kitchen you have been wanting. And now with the kids gone, it’s your time to shine. Plus, you don’t have to look far for the best stress-free remodelers in the area. That’s right, Valor Home Services has your back! Give us a call today so we can help you start your kitchen renovation.
Renovate the bathroom
Just like your kitchen, over the years your bathroom will wear out. And with the kids away, you need to have a place where you can fully unwind and relax — aka a luxury bathroom. You can get yours too by calling Valor Home Services. Our skilled team of experts can help you design, plan and implement your renovation.
Plant a garden
Have spare time and a large front or backyard? Then, you need to try planting a garden. There’s simply something so rewarding about getting your hands in the ground, tending plants, and seeing them bloom! Similarly, having plants and flowers within, as well as on your porch and patio, may bring vitality to your house.
This may begin with something as simple as hanging up a few fresh family photographs. However, if you have the means, a broader renovation of your home’s design may be in your best interests. You may desire to adjust your surroundings now that your lifestyle has changed. Redecorating your home may be a healthy and revitalizing way to start a new chapter in your life. You may paint, redecorate a room, or rearrange your furnishings.
Make home repairs
Taking care of children may consume a significant amount of your time and attention. Home upkeep is likely to have fallen between the cracks at some time. It’s time to close them up. Make those long-overdue repairs, replace damaged appliances, and restore your home in any other way that appears required.
Whether you’re a new, seasoned, or soon-to-be empty nester, we hope this list has given you some inspiration and ideas for things to do when your children leave home. This is your chance to forge a new path, to start again, and to offer yourself all the love, laughter, and fresh joyful memories in the home you deserve. And if you need help getting these tasks done, let Valor Home Services. Our team is ready to help. Just give us a call!