Hcinnola, Home Owner in Destrehan, LA

Is it worth it to finish the attic?

Asked by Hcinnola, Destrehan, LA Tue Jul 5, 2011

Our 2 story townhome is currently appraised at $130k with 3 bed and 2.5 bath. If we finish the attic it will add at least 600 square feet to our home including the storage space.

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The big question is; are you going to use the space?

I strongly suggest that if you do decide to finish it; get a Building Permit; even if you are doing the work yourself.

When you get the B.P. the County Recorder will be notified and therefore when you go to sell the house, it will show the additional 300 sqft.

You will also be able to show the permits to the Buyer.

The downside is, the assessor will also be notified.

Your choice:

Good luck and may God bless
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 5, 2011
Then yes, it is worth doing! You'll have more liveable space so it will add value to your home and make it even more sellable if you decide to sell. If it's feasible for you as it sounds like it is...I'd definitely do it...Good Luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 6, 2011
If we decide to finish it we would be adding a staircase and yes it has the ceiling height that is needed. Also, there is a possibility that we will add skylights so it could also make it a 4th bedroom.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 5, 2011
there are a few variables to your question. Is there a stairway? is there adequate head room? the best thing to do is to check with your city on what they require. Typically, yes it would add to your square footage if finished.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 5, 2011
It will definitely be used. And thankfully my father in law worked in construction for years so we would be able to do the work ourselves and get some valuable insight from him in how to do it right. Just don't know if the outcome in value increase would be worth the money and effort put into it if we decide to sell later on down the road.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 5, 2011
Depends, will it make your living there more enjoyable....
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