In-Law Suites: Why Your Naples Home Needs One

Casita. Granny Flat. Ohana Unit. Whatever you call it, in-law suites add value to your Naples home in more ways than one.

If your Naples home includes an in-law suite, it can increase the value of your property as well as appeal to a wider potential audience base, whether it's attached to your main house or completely separate from it.

In-Law Suites

What are They?

Search homes for sale in the Naples/Marco Island areaIn-law suites can either be a part of your main structure or set up completely independent from your main house. Typically, they include at least a bedroom and a full private bathroom. However, some also provide a living space and a kitchen/kitchenette. Still, others offer a separate entry point from which to come and go from the property.

What Else Can You Use Them For?

Primarily, these areas of the home allow your elderly relatives to live with you while still maintaining their sense of privacy. However, it offers many other uses as well. These suites make great home offices or guest rooms. When your child starts college, it creates a nice transition space between childhood home and completely moving out on their own. These suites also provide the possibility for rental income, especially if it is completely separate from your main Naples home.

Cost to Create

The cost to create an in-law suite depends on whether you plan on adding it to your existing house or if you wish to create a completely separate dwelling. An addition averages anywhere from around $33,000 to $63,000. When building a separate structure, your expenses may increase to as much as $125,000. Make sure you hire a licensed contractor and check that they pull all necessary permits to keep everything right.

Factoring This Into Your Home Sale

Today’s buyers want multi-generational homes. As families age, they want to bring their elderly parents back into the fold instead of putting them into expensive assisted living facilities. Sometimes, leaving them completely on their own isn’t feasible either. If your home already offers a main floor guest area with private bath, you’re already ahead of the game. Make sure to advertise this space as an office/guest room/potential in-law suite. This appeals to a broader audience of buyers.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos