What to do with your childrens' bedrooms after they've flown the nest
Landlords | Tips for Landlords | 21/02/17
It’s finally happening. Your darling child is finally starting university in another city or even abroad, or perhaps just moved out of Mum and Dad’s for a new start. Leaving the family home is a big step for everyone involved, but it does also leave you with a spare room. Have you thought about what you can do to repurpose their room ? Here are a few ideas…
Redecorate on a budget
Your son or daughter has spent their childhood and formative years in this room, and it can become a bit of a sacred space. Now they’ve moved out, with their consent, you can take this room and turn it into something new. Not only will it make it seem less like the room is ‘missing’ its former occupant, but it can be quite useful.
One option is to sell on the furniture and bits and bobs inevitably cluttering your child’s room on second hand sites, and then use the money raised to buy something a bit more up to date, whether it be new or second-hand. Many places offer low-price furniture, but don’t forget to check out second hand places and sale items – and haggle the price if the opportunity arises!
You can now benefit from a nicely redecorated and refurnished room. Friends and family can stay with you and sleep in a nice, tidy guest room.
Rent out your spare room
After having redecorated your child’s old bedroom, why not consider renting it out? Your room could be rented to students or professionals who have had to move for work. The tenant will provide you with a source of income, which could be used to support your newly independent son or daughter, or just as a bit of spare cash. It could give you that extra money you needed for those repairs on the house, that new car or maybe a short break in the sun!
For tenants, and notably students, the principal advantage of renting a spare room is the lower rent. They can avoid falling victim to vast rental prices, particularly in large cities, and will also have fewer outgoings on things like utilities and new furniture. You’re doing them a favour, not just in monetary terms, but also in terms of living standards. The room is already furnished, and you can offer larger communal rooms than the cramped flats students are often forced to shell out for.
Aside from a larger living space, you might find that your new tenant slots in nicely to your family and makes the house seem less empty since your childr moved out. So why not opt for something that’s both practical and enjoyable and give it a try!
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