Your parents were always there for you. What if you could always be there for them?

In law suites are one of the most popular options to help with aging parents and can even add value to a home. However, there are a few things you should know before trying it out.

Want to learn more? Keep reading to discover our complete guide!

1. Is It Allowed?

For most people, an in law suite is a major project. It involves adding a significant space onto your property.

Before you dive into all of this, you need to do your homework. For instance: are you even allowed to do this?

Some cities have laws and regulations against adding a separate structure to your property. Therefore, you’ll need to check all zoning ordinances that may apply to this.

Also, you will need to run things like plumbing and gas lines to the new structure. This may be outright forbidden by the city, so be sure to ask your zoning office before making any serious plans.

2. Expect the Unpleasant

Once you’ve cleared the legal red tape, understand this: building an in law suite is one thing. Actually having your parents as neighbors is something else entirely different.

You may think you know what it is like to basically live with your parents. However, these memories are now decades old.

Aging parents often have various health issues which affect their quality of life and their daily routine. And they will probably need your help with many activities.

This can be an unpleasant surprise if you aren’t expecting. Be sure to understand what your parents’ daily lives are like before you get serious about an in law suite.

3. Is Everything Accessible?

When building the suite, most homeowners think about themselves. Specifically, they imagine if they would be able to use and enjoy this space.

However, your parents may have issues with mobility that affect spaces like showers. To make the house “parent ready,” you’ll need to address any accessibility concerns ahead of time.

The easiest way to do this is to talk to your parents ahead of time and find out what features they will need to have.

4. Fun With Paperwork

Here comes the really uncomfortable part: you need to get everything in writing.

You may need (or simply want) money from your parents as they are renting your space. And such money can help ease the costs of building a new home on your property.

Whatever agreement you reach, be sure to get it in writing. For maximum peace of mind, get your attorney to fine-tune the agreement.

5. Planning for the Long Term

Here is a blunt truth about in law suites: your parents will not live forever. What will you do with the space afterward?

Some homeowners use the suite to give teenagers more space. Others rent it out or simply use it as an office space.

Whatever you do, now is the time to make a plan.

In Law Suites: The Bottom Line

Now you know more about in law suites, including the planning and forethought that goes into setting one up. But do you know how to design one?

If you’re not sure where to turn, let us help. To really start planning a suite, check out our design tips today or contact us for more information!