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Ron Peterson, Home Buyer in Vancouver, WA

How common are basements in Washington?

Asked by Ron Peterson, Vancouver, WA Thu Nov 29, 2007

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Basements are extremely common all over eastern and central Washington, It is typically the style of the home that determines if it will have a basement or not...but not always as I have seen where due to topograpy that basements could not be included and so many times they are omitted during construction. Many older homes in Spokane have basements but there are several that are without due to the high rock content in some areas. It's usually indicative of the terrain or builders preference when deciding on a basement. We see a huge mix in Spokane and most all homes that are newer include a daylit walkout basement if the topography allows. I suppose in Western Washington it would be due to the water table and the postion of the land being right at or above seal level that would determine how far down a person could dig for a viable basememt. I have clients that moved out here from Wisconsin and absolutely love it here....Waunakee, but they have never mentioned whether basements are normal in Wisconsin?
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 30, 2007
depends on where in washington.
eastern is more common.
western not as common.
Mostly seen on steeper lots as a walk out basement.
Western Washington is sometimes very wet :-) and a
typical basement would potentially have some issues.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 24, 2008
Hi Ron,

In Western Washington basements are quite common in homes built prior to 1960 mainly, and we have a lot of those all over. Some are or have been wet.., and continue to be if not dealt with. Some were dry right from the start and many have been converted to living areas. Those that are daylight basements are popular for extended family use or a second living area. I live in a Tudor style 2 story w/basement built in 1930 that is 3600 sq/ft in size on 5 acres, with a full daylight basement that I had rented out to my younger sister. The newer constructed homes rarely have basements at all.

Side note off topic; My whole family is from near the St. Croix river in Osceola and some in LaCross and across the river in St. Paul. On the farm we had a cellar/basement and I see some like that here too, grandpa used to keep his liquor there and grandma kept her canned good there, it was always cool. :)

Best regards,
-Don Leske Sr.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 30, 2007
Hi Ron,

Gloria is right. In addition not all homes with basements though are finished or capable of such. Many of the older homes it's more of a root cellar. 8^}
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 29, 2007
pretty common in older homes, ....not so common in newer construction.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 29, 2007
basements are quite common in older homes and even some newer homes ...
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Apr 25, 2009
Hi Ron, Actually I just answered your most recent question, but I remembered (with some electronic help and good recordkeeping) that you had made this earlier inquiry regarding basements

That you may be looking for a basement makes it an even better to come here to rent, prior to searching for a home, because there are fewer to choose from finding that special pearl in the location and condition can take a little time.

You are very lucky your neighbor has expressed an interest in your home. Pleaase engage a local realtor to provide you with a market analysis to assist in determining a fair market price, and manage all documents and contracts. Ive seen many neighbors express an interest, but few that put down money and move forward to close. A realtor can help you "flush them out" as serious or not. They need to write an offer and put down earnest money with a lender prequalification in order to be anything more than talk.

Don't hesitate to write to me or ask questions or contact me directly thru my website

Gloria Matthews
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 6, 2009
Hello Ron,
Basements are quite common, especially on older homes. For many new homes, however, basements are usually not an option, and when they are, they seem overpriced, at least in my opinion.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 29, 2008
True basements cut into the ground were very common prior to 1960's. They got away from the full basements due to our high ground water and rain issues. Seems we had some water issues there in most or at least some of our older homes w/basements. Alot of that is due to the new technology there is out there today that has water barrier insulation and keeps out the leakage. However most builders here will not cut a full basement in due to liability.
We have alot of daylight basements here in Clark County. I live in one myself and we build them all the time. New products keep any moisture away..No water issues with that. So yes..They are common in the heights area, Downtown area..But are all older homes..I have sold and been in tons of neat older homes with basements. They are very nice if done right. If you want more info on where they are located you can log on my website and contact me.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 23, 2008
Hey Ron,
It depends where your buying. There are definetly trends in some areas. Like western Washington alot of the homes don't have basements, especially the new ones, they build up because it's cheaper and faster. In the Spokane Real Estate market people love their basements and figure that it doubles your sq ft. but It just depends on the neighbrhoods as some will be a certain vintage. Like you'll have 1900 victorians and bungalows that don't have much of a basement unless it's for the furnace. Then as you get into the 1940's to 1970's it's ranchers with basements, then 1970's to 1990's alot of split levels, and then 1990 to 2008 four levels with storage or 1 room in the basement.

If you're moving to spokane visit our website or email us we'd love to help you.

Ross Quintana - Team
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 15, 2008
fairly common on many older homes
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jan 5, 2008
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