Empty nesters boost value, spirits with improvements
Making some home improvements can boost the mood of new empty nesters.

Whether they are heading off to college or they have finally finished their education and are starting their careers in a distant city, the departure of kids from your nest makes for a bittersweet time.

If you have committed much of your energy—and most of your home—to raising kids for a couple of decades, you may be at loose ends when they move out. Home improvement is just the ticket to make yourself feel better!

Updating your home after the kids move out is good for you on multiple levels. In addition to the emotional boost, improvements can enhance your home’s resale value if you are planning to downsize down the road. Or, you can focus on home improvements that will facilitate aging in place, like improving the lighting and usability of key rooms, such as bathrooms and the kitchen.

Here are a handful of renovation ideas for baby boomers looking to reclaim their home spaces after the kids have left the nest:

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