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Do I Really Need A Basement?

by Kuhrich on Wednesday, July 3, 2013

This can be a really tricky question to answer, especially depending on where you live. In some areas, even having a basement can be a tricky prospect. However, if you’re looking for a home, whether you’re looking to buy or to build, the time will come up whether having a basement is something you need, something you want, or something you can live without.

When making that decision, here are some things to consider:

– A basement is a great way to store things inside the home but outside of the main living areas. Things you rarely use such as Christmas decorations, seasonal wardrobes and even things purchased in bulk such as canned groceries, paper towels or toilet paper can be easily stored and accessed as needed.

– A basement can be a liability because of dampness and cold. This means having a basement could actually cause you to have higher utility bills and things stored in your basement could be affected by the dampness and the chill.

– Having a finished basement resolves those issues as well as creating additional space for other uses. The added insulation and sealing against dampness will resolve the issues pointed out above as well as giving you space for a game room or man cave, a guest room, extra bedrooms, etc. while providing you with dry, environmentally stable storage.

A basement does have good points and it has bad points. You’ll want to weigh the decision carefully before making the final decision on whether you need a basement or not. Keep in mind if you buy a home with an unfinished basement and have it finished, not only will you gain the benefits of the extra rooms but you’ll also be increasing the value of your home. That alone could be worth making the investment in having a basement.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com