Many homebuyers don’t consider a basement a necessary part of buying a home, and for some, it may not be one for you! However, there are some undeniable advantages of purchasing a home with a basement, and here are five of the ones that we think that you should consider as you go through the home-buying process.
- They’re the safest space during a tornado. Tornadoes are relatively common here in Georgia, particularly in the parts of North Georgia where we specialize, so safety is one of our top priorities when we show our clients homes that we think might be a good fit for them. A basement is one of the safest places to go during a tornado, so if you’re going to be looking at homes that may put you in the path of tornadoes, then it’s a great idea to consider it.
- They give you more space. Whether they’re finished or unfinished, basements add a lot more space to a home. Unfinished basements are perfect for storage space if you have extra items that you don’t want to get rid of but also don’t want to put in the normal part of your house. Finished basements are also awesome, however, as they can serve as anything from an in-law suite to a kids’ playroom depending on what they have. Plus, it’s important to remember that once you purchase a home, you can always turn an unfinished basement into a finished basement somewhere down the line as your needs change.
- More energy efficient. Wall and floor insulation are improved and the means of construction incorporates additional mass. The effect of this is that the building does not overheat or cool down too fast. It therefore helps to retain heat and to control fluctuations in temperature. This is why the Basement Development Group says that a house with a basement can be up to 10 per cent more thermally efficient than one built entirely above ground and will also bring about savings in the quantity of insulation material needed.
- Basements make great use of sloping lots. Sloping lots can seem undesirable to many different buyers, but basements can help take advantage of some of the land even if it’s not usable above ground. After all, a partial basement on a home can add a lot more space to a house without making it appear too large from the front.
- Basement square footage costs less. One of the best parts of having a basement is that on top of all of the other advantages, basement square footage isn’t considered as desirable as above ground footage even though it can be used in the same way. That means that it’s a great way to add on more space to your home without breaking your budget.
These tips have been brought to you by Maria Sims Group, a company dedicated to making sure that you’re in the best home for you. If you have any questions about our company or would like to ask about a personalized list of homes that would fit your needs, please reach out. Our homepage can be found at mariasimsgroup.com or you can call us at 404-805-0673.