Normal life has changed dramatically over the past few weeks, creating a seemingly new world that we are all learning to navigate at the same time. Aside from the obvious health and safety concerns, one of the biggest reasons why the current pandemic breeds panic is because of uncertainty. Without personal protocols, many are confused as to what is the best course of action for both staying safe and keeping their families safe.
Fortunately, the extra downtime that many are currently experiencing creates the ideal opportunity to prepare for this new way of living. While the current pandemic likely won’t disappear for some time, by preparing your living space, you can greatly reduce personal uncertainty and raise your quality of living.
Learn how ADUs can transform your property in the time of the pandemic.
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Isolation unit / Guest house
An immediate concern that many are faced with is how to quarantine. Not everyone has the benefit of isolated living space, while some at-risk individuals need assistance from others without risking interaction. Enter the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), also commonly referred to as a granny pad or guest house. ADUs provide a unique and profitable living space that can satisfy the demand for convenient, affordable, and self-contained residences.
While granny pads have been rising in popularity for some time now, their unique benefits are certainly needed more than ever during our current pandemic. What makes ADUs so beneficial? Let’s discover more about them!
This reduced-size living space is built on single-family residential properties. One ADU is allowed per lot to prevent overcrowding. Though ADUs cannot be sold independently from the main property, they can be rented out to offer separate living space from the main residence.
What makes ADUs so advantageous is the fact that they are entirely self-contained. That means that these mini-units contain water, plumbing, electricity, a kitchen area, a bathroom, a living quarter, and a separate entrance from the main home.
ADUs come in a variety of different forms to meet homeowner needs, offering space that is close to home yet entirely self-contained. This unique living area is the perfect solution for providing isolation living, quarantine space, or a clean-up station before entering the main house. ADUs are the perfect solution to life in the time of COVID-19.
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Sheltering Loved Ones
One of the biggest concerns people have at the moment is how to keep extended family and friends safe while protecting the immediate family.
Unfortunately, this is a difficult problem. Letting friends and extended family members stay in the main residence might put your immediate family at risk and expose those quarantining to outside germs.
At the same time, it might not be the safest solution to house elderly parents and relatives in the same living space as people who still have to work. Having a granny pad or guest house is the ideal solution for being able to shelter loved ones close by while maintaining safety protocols. Granny pads and guest houses provide all the benefits of having loved ones close by without risking contamination by breaking quarantine protocols.
Overall, ADUs provide the perfect living space for isolating elderly family members, members of the family who still have to work, or for housing friends who are down on their luck. Unfortunately, many are experiencing a period of economic instability that may leave some people close to you without a place to stay. Having an ADU on your property can offer invaluable living space to such friends and loved ones.
Additionally, you will have the peace of mind of knowing your loved ones are cared for. You will be able to have them nearby so that you can safely perform tasks such as delivering food and essential items to their door without leaving your yard. This is the best way to guarantee that everyone is safe and cared for while still maintaining a safe distance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
While a lot of attention is put into keeping your loved ones safe during the current pandemic, as well as establishing a protocol should more issues arise in the future, there are also benefits to look forward to once the world returns to normal.
Having an ADU on your property is an investment that you can profit from greatly as a homeowner. During the safe season, your ADU can act as a rental until that can provide side income for the homeowner. ADUs are enormously advantageous properties that satisfy a host of different living arrangements.
Elderly couples who are facing an empty nest benefit from ADU living, since it provides a downsized living space within their preferred neighborhoods. ADUs appeal enormously to young families starting their professional careers who are saving up for full-sized living space.
Additionally, ADUs are very easy to rent out in high traffic areas such as Los Angeles. With hotels fading into the past as the preferred way of lodging while traveling, many tourists and businesspeople are instead seeking out room renting opportunities for trips and extended stays. Owning an ADU provides ample opportunity to rent out your living space for extra income while still having a guest house on hand should you need it for friends and family.
Counting the Benefits
Overall, ADUs provide an invaluable form of living space that is greatly needed at these trying times. These isolated and self-sufficient units create ideal guest house space for safely housing family and friends during pandemics, but also during more calm times.
You never know when a friend might be down on their luck or a family member needs a place to stay due to an illness or other unforeseen issues.
Additionally, ADUs can be used to accommodate less urgent needs that are still important. For example, all the current time spent at home might have made it clear that your living quarters are a little bit small for your family. Perhaps your unit has expanded over the years, but it currently isn’t financially feasible to move into a larger home.
ADUs are the perfect way to add extra living space to your property. You can transform your ADU into an at-home oasis that can offer a gaming area, family room, children’s playroom, man cave, crafts room, home studio, or anything that your family sees desires. You can also use the space as a home office to escape the noise of being in the main residence while reaping the benefits of being close to home.
While ADU space is enormously beneficial during a pandemic, the truth is, it provides benefits year-round. In addition to creating a portal for passive monthly income, ADUs also raise property value to provide more profits to look forward to when it comes time to sell.
With so many benefits, your ADU can often pay for itself over time while providing permanent living space to enjoy as your family sees fit.
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Why Choose Us?
At California Foundation Works, it’s our goal to keep the greater Los Angeles area safe one household at a time.
Whether you’re seeking assistance with major or minor home repairs or renovations, we’re here to bring your goals to fruition at the best price on the market. We focus on individual needs that work within your budget to meet your housing goals. Call today to explore the possibilities that exist for your home!
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