More and more families are going back to years gone by and making spaces for aging parents. Some are adding additions so that parents can have separate living quarters and yet have their family very near by. Others opt for a shared space with a bedroom devoted to mom, dad or both.
When my husband and I were young we built our first home. While we were in the construction phase we bought a camper and moved it to my parent’s farm. This worked pretty well as we hooked up to their sewer and used their water. We had our own space and this worked for us even though it was cramped and did not allow for a lot of storage. It was a short term living space.
As fall came and then the snow, it became too difficult to keep the little camper heated and we had to refill the fuel tank daily. My parents let us move into their home for the last month of construction. We made it work. We were all a bit more cramped and my hubby and I shared a place on a pull out couch that had to be cleaned up and put away daily in their living room. We were both allergic to cats and my parents had several. It worked, but wasn’t the best living arrangements. Let’s say we were happy to finally move into our new home and they were happy to see us move out and into our new space.
There are certainly things to consider when having your parents or your spouses move into your home. Will it be separate, will you plan to hang out during the day, will noise be a factor, will you be sharing meals, will you have them sign a lease or will they be allowed to occupy the space for free? Planning for success will bring success and many families are doing it already. What a great way to save on rent, lower housing expenses and keep your parents near as they age. I would love to hear success and horror stories and of course any tips you might have.
Kim is a real estate agent working in the north metro area with Keller Williams Premier Realty. Let her find you your next home. Perhaps a home large enough to support your family and a space for mom or dad!
Here is a you tube clip that will give additional considerations to shared space living. http://youtu.be/XDZdMAJ7KOA