What is an ADU and What Are the Benefits?

by Carol Kelley 11/29/2021

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Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are structures built on the same property as an existing home. These typically have a bathroom, bedroom, kitchen and other common living spaces. These units can either be attached to the existing home or built as their own standalone dwelling. 

ADUs are a great alternative housing solution. Keep reading to learn five benefits of building an accessory dwelling unit on your property.

Perfect for Families

These structures make for the perfect in-law suite, which can make the holidays that much more enjoyable. If you have kids around, an accessory dwelling unit can also be the ideal area for your children to play.

Rental Opportunities

Rental property skipping through your dreams? If so, an ADU can make those dreams come true! Especially if you’re buying your first investment property, an accessory dwelling unit can be a brilliant start. You can rent these out for a week here and there, or you can keep it rented at all times. Since these units usually have their own entrance, bathroom and bedroom, they make for the perfect vacation destination.

Boost Property Value

Another reason to build an ADU is that it can really drive up your property value. As these units are becoming more popular, they’re in high demand. That said, an ADU can give your home a competitive edge when it comes time to sell. Adding one of these structures to your property can cause an impressive return on investment.

Ideal Guest Space

While many of us love having guests at our house, things can get pretty cramped, especially if you don’t have tons of space to begin with. If you’d rather your friends to go stay in a hotel, consider building an ADU. These make for the perfect guest houses your friends will love!

Sustainable Housing Solution

If you’re looking for an eco-friendly approach to housing, think about building an accessory dwelling unit. These structures are low-impact housing solutions that tend to use far fewer resources compared to the traditional home. Also, given their small size, they require less energy when heating or cooling the space.

An accessory dwelling unit could be just what your property needs. Build one today to take advantage of the many benefits!

About the Author

Carol Kelley

Hi, I'm Carol Kelley and I'd love to assist you. Whether you're in the research phase at the beginning of your real estate search or you know exactly what you're looking for, you'll benefit from having a real estate professional by your side. I'd be honored to put my real estate experience to work for you.