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Advantages of Accessory Dwelling Units

Maximizing Space and Value- The Advantages of Accessory Dwelling Units in Homes

In recent years, the concept of Accessory Dwelling Units has gained popularity as homeowners seek innovative ways to optimize their living spaces. An ADU is a secondary housing unit on a single family residential lot providing homeowners with numerous benefits both practical and financial.

Increased Property Value

One of the primary benefits to adding an ADU to your property is the potential for a significant increase in it’s overall value. Whether it’s a guest house, a rental unit or home office the added functionality contributes to the property’s market appeal.

Rental Income

For homeowners looking to generate supplemental income, ADU’s offer a fantastic opportunity. Renting out a second unit can add a steady source of revenue helping offset rising mortgage payments and household expenses. The demand for smaller more affordable housing options has made ADU’s an option for renters as well.

This article from the State of Vermont lets you know the perks and by laws of Accessory Dwelling Units.

“Vermont’s law on equal treatment of housing and town bylaws requires municipalities to allow homeowners to add one ADU to their house as a permitted use as long as certain conditions are met.

The new VHIP-ADU program is a low-barrier way for Vermont homeowners to help solve the housing crisis one unit at a time. This program offers grants of up to $50,000 that can be used for expenses related to creating an accessory dwelling unit.”

The rise of Accessory Dwelling Units into homes has emerged as a new approach to maximizing space, increasing property value and addressing evolving lifestyle needs. Whether it’s for rental income, multigenerational living or creating a workspace ADU’s offer a range of benefits that cater to many different homeowners. 

Check out this informative checklist from the Vermont Department of Housing to start planning your own ADU.


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