Majority of parents renovate when kids move out

Posted on 20th November 2012

The majority of British parents take the opportunity to renovate their children’s bedrooms after they’ve flown the nest.

That’s according to new research from the AA, which found that a staggering 85 per cent of parents can’t wait to take back ownership of one of the home’s rooms again.

Citing the research, writes that bathrooms and games rooms are among the most popular renovations for a child’s bedroom once they’ve gone.

Just over a quarter in the survey (26 per cent) said they’d convert the living space into a games room, while 19 per cent preferred another space for an additional toilet, shower, bath or wetroom. Nearly one in five people said they’d like a gym room (17 per cent) – perhaps fully decked out with Karndean or other designer wood flooring – while 15 per cent are happy to rent the space out to a lodger.

Commenting on the findings, which were released under the AA’s ‘State of the Nation’s Homes’ series of reports, Tom Stringer (head of the AA’s Home Emergency Response Service), said: “When children move out, parents get the freedom to make modifications to their home which they may have wanted to make for a while but were unable to find the space for.”

According to, he added: “Adding a gym or games room to a home can be a fun project for parents, especially if they’re retired.”

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