Did you know that 1 in 6 Americans currently live in a multi-generational household?
According to Generations United, the number of multi-generational households rose from 42.4 million in 2000 to 64 million in 2016. The 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers from the National Association of Realtors shows that 12% of all buyers have a multi-generational household.
Why Are Many Americans Choosing to Live in a Multi-generational Household?
The benefits to multi-generational living are significant. According to Toll Brothers,
“In recent years, there’s been a steady rise in the number of multi-generational homes in America. Homeowners and their families are discovering new ways to get the most out of home with choices that fit the many facets of their lives.”
The piece continues to explain the top 5 benefits of multi-generational living. Here is the list, and a small excerpt from their article:
1. Shared Expenses
“…Maintaining two households is undeniably costlier and more rigorous than sharing the responsibilities of one. By bringing family members and resources together under one roof, families can collectively address their expenses and allocate finances accordingly.”
2. Shared Responsibilities
“Distributing chores and age-appropriate responsibilities amongst family members is a tremendous way of ensuring that everyone does their part. For younger, more able-bodied members, physical work such as mowing the lawn or moving furniture is a nice trade-off so that the older generation can focus on less physically demanding tasks.”
3. Strengthened Family Bond
“While most families come together on special occasions, multi-generational families have the luxury of seeing each other every day. By living under one roof, these families develop a high level of attachment and closeness.”
4. Ensured Family Safety
“With multiple generations under one roof, a home is rarely ever left unoccupied for long, and living with other family members increases the chances that someone is present to assist elderly family members should they have an accident.”
“One of the primary trepidations families face when shifting their lifestyle is the fear of losing privacy. With so many heads under one roof, it can feel like there’s no place to turn for solitude. Yet, these floor plans are designed to ensure that every family member can have quiet time… [and] allow for complete separation between the generations within the household.”
The trend of multi-generational living is growing, and the benefits to families who choose this option are significant. If you’re considering a multi-generational home, let’s get together to discuss the options available in Southeastern Connecticut.
Alternatively – Because we at The Dependable Group also have the contractor side of the house we can help you determine if a home could easily be made into a multi-generational home with a few changes. It is much easier than you would think to turn a single family home into a multi-generational home while still keeping an appropriate amount of privacy.