Remodel or Sell? What to Do with Your Empty Nest

Posted by Karen Gillum on Jun 6, 2019 1:36:00 PM
Karen Gillum


You’ve got an empty nest now, and you’re torn. Should you stay in your family home and remodel it or sell your house and move into the home of your dreams? Here are some of the benefits of each option to help you decide what to do with your empty nest.


Benefits of Remodeling

Deciding to stay in your home and remodel comes with certain benefits. Not only do you avoid having to move right away, but you also get to perfect the home you’ve already made memories in. Here’s what you can look forward to if you decide to stay.


You can stay in the family home.

You may have spent the last several decades making memories in your existing home, and it can be difficult to tell the kids that you’re moving. While you can continue making memories in a new home, it can be difficult to leave behind the rooms that held your family for so many years. If you stay in your home, you won’t have to leave the backyard where your child learned to throw a ball or the kitchen where you made your first holiday meal as a couple.


You won’t have to worry about selling.

Moving out of your home is a processand not an easy one at that. You’ll need to prepare your home for sale, face an ever-changing market, and hope for the best when it's time to sell. While either you or your family members will eventually have to go through this process, remodeling your existing home allows you to put it off. 


You can make the home how you’d like.

If you decide to make your current house your forever home, then you can remodel it into a space that better fits your empty-nest lifestyle. Whether that means simply fixing things that have been bothering you or turning what used to be kid space into new, useful grownup spaces, remodeling can help you feel like you’re living in a new home without having to move.


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Benefits of Selling

In many empty-nest situations, it’s time for a fresh start! You’ve lived in the same home for years, which means you’re well acquainted with its shortcomings. Selling your home allows you to move wherever you like and purchase the home of your dreams. Here are some of the benefits of selling your home.


You can move to a new area.

If your children are grown and living on their own, chances are that they may live in a different area than you. If being close to your grandchildren is a priority, then selling your current home may be the perfect solution. Moving to a new home can allow you to choose the location you want.


You won’t have to move ever again.

Moving to a new home now may mean that you won't ever have to move again. You have the opportunity to design a space where you can live for the rest of your life. A zero-entry home will make life easy for you moving forward, and you can tailor the rest of your space to suit your individual needs and tastes.


You can live in an area that suits you.

Purchasing a new home means moving into a new neighborhood as well. Gone are the days when you need to worry about choosing a neighborhood with a good school district or nearby parks. This is your time! You get to choose what you want in a neighborhood. 


You don’t have to live in a construction zone.

Remodeling can be a nightmare, especially when you have to live in the thick of it. Selling your home and moving allows you to get what you want without the stress, dust, and construction workers in your home that a remodel requires.


You can purchase your dream home.

The turn-key home of your dreams is out there waiting for you! You’ve worked hard your whole life, and now it’s time for you to sit back and relax. With a new home, you get to personalize your home to fit your new, empty-nest lifestyle.


You’ll have a fresh start.

For years, you’ve been putting the needs of your family first. A new home is the chance to start fresh, and you deserve it! Beginning this next chapter of life in a space that’s completely your own can help you combat empty nest syndromeand take charge of the years ahead of you.


If you’re considering moving into the home of your dreams, contact the professionals at Epcon! Our active adult communities are ideal for empty-nesters looking to enjoy their next stage of life. With plenty of advantages and amenities, one of Epcon’s communities may be the perfect location for your next home. Contact us to learn more!



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