It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for, but also the moment you’ve been dreading. The last child is off to college and the nest is finally empty. Now what to do about those empty bedrooms? Many new empty-nesters face this dilemma. There are a few possible options. But first, you need to consider your future plans and your family’s future needs.
Should you stay or should you go
Many empty nesters choose to sell their home and move into a smaller space that is easier to take care of. If you’d like to age in place, then it’s better to move into a home where you can do that now rather than wait. If your current home won’t meet your needs, then it’s time to start looking for a home that will. If you plan on staying in your current home, then you need to start thinking about what to do with those now vacant bedrooms. You can either convert them into something new, or keep them as bedrooms.
Converting old bedrooms
Many empty nesters can barely wait five minutes after the last child leaves to start selling off the bedroom furniture so they can repurpose the room for something else. Some popular options include a den or study, a music room, a sewing room, or a man cave. If you’ve always wanted a room dedicated to a certain hobby, then this is the time to do it. But keep in mind that these types of remodels can be quite costly. Soundproofing a room, for instance, and converting it into a mini music studio can cost tens of thousands of dollars. It could also be as simple as selling the bedroom furniture and buying some new furniture such as an office desk or sewing table. As exciting as the prospect of a home gym or home theater room might seem, there are a few reasons why you may want to hold off on converting that old bedroom.
Keeping bedrooms as they are
Though you might prefer that bedroom to be converted for another purpose, prospective buyers probably don’t prefer it. When most people buy homes, they’re more interested in having more bedrooms rather than a home gym or sewing room. If you’re planning on selling your home eventually, that’s something to consider before you go making drastic changes to the bedrooms such as replacing the carpet with hardwood.
The other thing to keep in mind is the growing needs of your family. Though Junior may have moved out for good this time, the day may soon come that he has children of his own that want to come stay with grandma and grandpa. When converting bedrooms for other purposes it’s important that you still have the room to accommodate guests later on.
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