After raising a family in your home, it can feel pretty empty when the kids move away. One way for empty nesters to get past the deserted bedrooms and old décor is to renovate. A few simple projects can revitalize your home, and the suggestions below are meant to look great while still being cost-effective. And as these projects shouldn’t put too much of a strain on your checking account, you’ll still be in a good position to save for other priorities, like a vacation getaway or retirement.

Freshen up the walls – A little paint goes a long way, especially if you have decades’ worth of scuffs, scratches and nail holes on the walls from your kids. Pick up a few paint swatches, and reclaim these rooms with your own style and personality. Repainting or wallpapering is a relatively fast and affordable way to make a major impact on the look of your home.

Replace appliances and electronics – When was the last time you replaced your washing machine? Are you still watching a television that’s deeper than it is wide? Upgrading a few of these items will help modernize your home and may also reduce your energy bill since state-of-the-art washing machines, clothes dryers, dishwashers and televisions are often more energy-efficient than older models.

Reface kitchen cabinets and update fixtures – If you’re interested in updating the kitchen but can’t afford a complete remodel right now, consider kitchen cabinet refacing. Rather than replacing the entire cabinet, refacing involves replacing or refinishing the doors and hardware of your existing cabinets – updating the look of your kitchen for a fraction of the price. Add a new countertop or backsplash and update the fixtures, and your kitchen can look brand-new.

Update lighting options – Every well-designed home relies on good lighting to make it shine. If you’re tired of outdated light fixtures and table lamps, replace them with options that better suit your taste. The rest of your home improvements will look even better under lighting that’s carefully chosen to enhance a particular room.

Start a home improvement project today

Use these suggestions as a starting point, and begin to think of other ways to reclaim your home now that the kids have moved away. Perhaps you’re considering building a deck, adding a sun room or turning their bedrooms into an office or relaxation room. Just because you’re saving for these long-term home improvement goals, doesn’t mean you can’t spend a little money to update the look and feel of your home now. Set up automatic transfers from your checking account to save for larger renovations, and work within your remaining budget to make the cost-effective improvements above.

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