(Closed) Basement or crawl?

posted 10 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’d go with the basement – not sure what the market is like in OH, but it’s definitely a resale factor in WI. Plus, the storage will be nice, as will the extra space in a few years. If you’re planning on having kids, an unfinished basement is a great place to banish them for a few hours (they can roller skate and make all sorts of ruckus).

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would do a basement. It increases the value of the house as you mentioned, and makes it more appealing to buyers if/when you sell it. Also, it’s better if there’s a tornado if you have a basement.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’d definitely go with the basement if it is doable with your budget.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I agree with the basement.  Otherwise you don’t have a place to put large storage things (i.e. bikes in the winter), and they end up taking up space in your garage.  We have a full basement, so I don’t even plan on using our crawlspace (which is creepy).  I mean, don’t kill yourselves, but I have a feeling that if you don’t, you’ll be irritated with yourselves in a few years wondering why you built your “dream” house but left out such a useful component.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Definitely do a basement. When we were house shopping, we wouldn’t even look at any houses with crawl spaces/without basements.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Basement for sure. Houses always end up being smaller than you think they are once you’re actually living in them! Better to make the investment and put it in now.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m in Columbus, Oh and definetly vote for the basement. Resale value is key not to mention flooding/tornado protection. While the house seems “big” now, you will want that basement for extra storage. We have both a full basement and crawl space. I love our crawl bc I put valuables there I don’t want destroyed by flooding. When we finish the basement it will add another 1200 square feet to our home; currently we are at 2200. Our basement was included no extra price from our builder, is the 10k for it to be fully finished?

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

go with a basement. you can use it for storage, a family room, a play room for kids, an extra guest room, an office, a work out room. pretty much anything. it becomes a major investment should you sell the house down the road and it has so many uses!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I say no basement. I think they are dark and dank and I am always afraid of them leaking or developing a mold problem. (Or both!) If you want more storage, you could see about having a full attic or put up a shed or make the garage larger. (If tornadoes are a problem where you live, could you have a separate tornado cellar?)

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Yes to the basement! We live in Temperance, and trust me, the way tornado sirens and warnings have been in the Toledo area lately, when the sirens go off you do not want to have to lift up the floor and crouch down in a dark dirty spider-infested crawlspace, it is absolutely disgusting. I’ve already told Fiance that when we buy a house it must have a basement!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Definitely do the basement if you can swing it budget-wise. You won’t regret it! I almost bought a house without a basement and am so glad I found one with a basement. All of the extra space is really nice and will only continue to be great as my family grows. Plus, it will definitely add value, especially if you finish all/part of it to create more living space.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I would do it too!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

@Elvis: Tornado cellars aren’t as common anymore because they really aren’t as safe as many thought. Actually in Ohio where I’ve been my entire life, we’ve never even seen one. The thing with basements and pretty much all houses you need to invest in a good dehumidifier to control the moisture level. This will greatly reduce any chance for mold issues not to mention comfort levels.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper

We just bought a house and the basement was what set it apart from other houses. Half of it is finished so our kids have a play room and the other have is just normal basement for storage and my FI’s tools.

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