OTHER  ROOM IN YOUR HOME

Even if it's currently cold concrete and crammed with boxes of off-season duds, the lowest floor of your home probably has loads of potential.


Treat it just as you would any of the rooms above ground, and it might just become the most popular spot in the house—for a lot less cash than adding on.


Here's our bottom-line advice for turning this underutilized space into a place you'll be eager to spend time in.

Finishing a basement can allow you to increase the size of the home.


You may be able to add one or even two additional bedrooms by finishing the basement space.

Finishing your basement space can also allow you to add an additional bathroom.


It can be a big draw to have a two-bathroom home instead of a one bathroom home.

Although it may not be considered “livable square footage” by the MLS, a finished basement does offer a great return.

In the United States, on average, finishing a basement will give you a return of 70 to 75% of your investment.

Even if you’re not thinking of selling your home in the near term, at some point, you may want to unload that property.

Finishing your basement will help you command top dollar once you do decide to sell.

This especially holds true if you live in a neighborhood where finished basements are a rarity.