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Have you ever paid attention to just how much work the average contractor can get done in a day? They seem to work at lightning speed, but it's not because they are cutting corners. It's because they are experts, and in many cases, they are experts with a lot of experience. You could install cabinets, lay flooring, or wire a light fixture pretty quickly, too, if you had done it 500 times before! Because we really admire both the speed and dexterity with which contractors are able to work, we decided to write more about this topic for readers like you. You'll find those articles here.


Common Reasons Why Homeowners Install Adus And How To Get Started

An ADU is a secondary housing unit you can build on your land. ADUs are also known as in-law suites, backyard cottages, or laneway houses. ADUs can provide extra income from renting them out, help with mortgage payments, or offer financial flexibility. There are many other ways in which you can use your ADU.

Why Some Homeowners Choose to Build ADUs

ADUs can create more housing options for family members, friends, or guests. They can foster intergenerational living and social support. Moreover, they can increase the value and appeal of your property.

However, installing an ADU is not a simple or cheap project. It requires careful planning, research, and compliance with regulations and codes. 

Zoning and Permitting

Depending on where you live, there may be different zoning permitting requirements for ADUs. You will need to check with your local planning department to see if your property is eligible for an ADU, what types and sizes of ADUs are allowed, what setbacks and parking spaces are required, and what fees and taxes you must pay. You must also obtain the necessary permits and approvals from the relevant authorities before you start construction.

Design and Construction

Once you have secured the zoning and permitting for your ADU, you will need to design and construct it according to your:

  • Needs
  • Preferences
  • Budget

You can hire a professional architect or contractor to help you with the design and construction process, or you can use a prefabricated or modular ADU kit that can be delivered and installed on your site.

Financing and Maintenance

Installing an ADU can be a significant investment that may require additional financing options. You can explore various sources of funding for your ADU projects, such as:

  • Home equity loans
  • Personal loans
  • Grants
  • Incentives
  • Crowdfunding

If you plan to rent out, you must also factor in the ongoing costs of maintaining and operating your ADU, such as insurance, repairs, utilities, taxes, and management fees.

Rental and Occupancy

If you intend to use your ADU as a rental unit, you must comply with the local rental regulations and market conditions. You must determine the following: 

  • Rental rate
  • Lease terms
  • Tenant screening criteria
  • Landlord responsibilities

You will also need to be aware of the potential legal, financial, and social implications of becoming a landlord and having tenants on your property. Alternatively, if you plan to use your ADU for personal or family use, you will need to ensure that it meets the needs and expectations of the occupants.

Installing an ADU can be rewarding and profitable. By doing your homework and following the best practices for ADU installation, you can create a comfortable and functional living space that enhances your lifestyle and adds value to your home.