Should We Build a Home With an In-Law Suite?

Joseph and his wife are thinking about building a home with an in-law suite for her parents to live in. Dave thinks this is a bad idea.

QUESTION: Joseph in Delaware and his wife are thinking about building a home with an in-law suite for her parents to live in. Dave thinks this is a bad idea.

ANSWER: I wouldn’t do it. Why do you need an in-law suite if they don’t need help getting around? Close is one thing; living with them is another.

I think this is a really bad idea. Unless there’s a real reason to do it, there are a lot of reasons not to do it. You can be very close. You can love them well. You can help them. You can serve them. You can have a great relationship. But there’s no point in living together. It doesn’t serve any purpose whatsoever, and there are a lot of downsides to it. I’ve got to tell you I wouldn’t do it. You guys do what you want to do, and if you want to do it, it’s fine. But I wouldn’t do that. There’s no reason to.