Tex08, Home Buyer in Tooele, UT

Does an unfinished basement count in the square footage of the house.?

Asked by Tex08, Tooele, UT Sun Aug 9, 2009

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Becky Nay, Agent, Riverton, UT
Sun Aug 9, 2009

And yes Todd is correct! Here in Utah unlike most of the country the total sq. ft. is counted in the total sq. ft. of the home when listed on the MLS. The Wasatch Front MLS it shows sq. ft. per floor, total sq. ft. and then the percentage of finished sq. ft. for a basement. On an appraisal they base the appraisal on above grade sq. ft. just as the rest of the country does. I think the reason that most other places do not is because they don't finish the basements like we do here in Utah. I hope that this helps to answer your question.

Becky Nay, GRI
Keller Williams Realty
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Todd Anderson, Agent, Park City, UT
Sun Aug 9, 2009
Searches in the Utah area due to the way our MLS system works do include the unfinished basement in the square footage of the home. There is also an entry that shows how much of the basement is finished. Similarly, searches on the Park City MLS show a total square foot measurement and a finished square foot measurement. You will also find a standard disclaimer that the square footage measurement of the home is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed. So the answer to your question is "some-what"; buyers may or may not consider an unfinished basement as a plus, but it does have a value that should be considered when selling or purchasing a home.
Web Reference:  http://www.YouInParkCity.com
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Mike Lewis, Agent, San Diego, CA
Sun Aug 9, 2009
No it does not. I hope that answers your question. The attic in a home also does not count in the square footage of a home. Good luck with your home search and enjoy the advice and comments of the real estate pros on Trulia.

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Wendy Taylor,…, Agent, Beverly Hills, CA
Sun Aug 9, 2009

Unfortunately, No, an unfinished basement does not count.

Good luck!
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