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5 Ideas to Increase the Value of a Basement

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The basement doesn’t just have to be a space to throw all of that extra storage. Show it as usable space, and it may even help you increase the value of the home. Basement remodels typically recoup about 70 percent of their costs at time of resale, which can add a tremendous amount of value to your home.

Making it the coolest room in the house may not be too difficult either. After all, basements tend to stay cooler during the summer months, making this an ideal place for the family to hang out when the weather heats up outside.

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1. Create an In-Home Theater

Basements not only are typically cooler than the rest of the home, but they’re also usually darker. For that reason, they’re an excellent place to add a theater to watch movies on those hot summer nights. Best of all, you don’t have to do a complete basement remodel, with costs around $50,000, to gain this space. A TV mount costs around $250, while built in seating costs around $840 – $1,680. (Just be sure for safety to completely waterproof the room before running wires through the basement.)

2. Make a Children’s Play Area

Basements are often neglected areas of the home, used primarily for storage and not much else. So why not turn your unused basement space into a new playroom for your kids?

Start with the staircase. Most basements have only partially finished staircases so installing a new one will help make the space more comfortable as well as safer. Next, ensure that you have egress windows installed, and that the basement is fully waterproofed. From there, you can carpet the floors to make the space more comfortable, and move your children’s toys downstairs to make more space in their rooms.

3. Create an Adult Entertainment Space

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If you love to entertain, consider building a bar into your basement. Basements are already the ideal place to install a wine cellar, so why not take it a step further and put in an entertainment area and bar for parties as well? Basements that walkout onto patios can be the ideal place for summer entertaining, giving guests a way to get in out of the heat or a summer rainstorm. Consider putting in a tile floor to give the room a finished look and keep the floors easy to clean. Match the bar countertop to the color of the floors for a fresh, stylish appearance.

4. Create a Garden Utility Room

If you spend any time out in the garden, you probably know about the dirt, tools, and pots that accompany this hobby. Basements are a great place to install a utility sink and counter, and to store all of your garden paraphernalia. Installing a french drain and a hose will make cleanup a snap, while shelving placed just beneath the windows will give your plants a place to sprout before you take them outside for the summer.

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5. Create a New Family Room

Family rooms often get even more use than the more formal living room, so family rooms in a cooler basement can get a lot of use during the summer months. Basements finished as family rooms may be coveted by homebuyers too, giving you the maximum return on investment. This includes not only tiling or carpeting the floors, but also putting up drywall to complete the walls as well. Consider adding a suspended acoustic ceiling to help insulate the basement from the sounds above, while making the rooms more attractive at the same time.

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$309,900 :: 337 GLENDALE CRT, Rochester MI, 48307

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,108 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 05/19/17, Last Updated: 07/23/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21297819
Community: Rochester (63152)
Tract: WOODWARD HEIGHTS SUB – ROCHEST
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/7/2017 by 6%
Status: Sold

Call the movers — all you have to do is move in! Charming well built brick bungalow with a wonderful location, allowing you to live a walkable lifestyle. Home was lovingly maintained by the original owner, with professional and thoughtful updates completed in 2017. New kitchen, furnace, electrical service, full and half bath with attention paid to all details. New Mohawk scraped and Holland engineered wood flooring, paint, stainless appliances and granite. Partially fenced yard with 2 car attached garage. Newer windows and roof. Additional Family Room allows access to garage and side yards. Upper level features 2 bedroooms with attic storage areas. Basement is finished.

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$204,900 :: 173 ROSEBRIER, Rochester Hills MI, 48309

4 beds, 7 baths
Home size: 2,875 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 07/23/17, Last Updated: 07/23/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 676798
Community: Rochester Hills (63151)
Status: Sold

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$409,900 :: 970 WOODRIDGE DR, Rochester Hills MI, 48307

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4 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 3,167 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,325 sq ft
Added: 05/08/17, Last Updated: 07/22/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21296696
Community: Rochester Hills (63151)
Tract: AVON RAVINES SUB NO 2
The price of this listing was last reduced on 5/24/2017 by 2%
Status: Sold

Come and see this beautiful colonial home with a private backyard located on a cul-de-sac in the very friendly neighborhood of Avon Ravines. This home boasts hardwood flooring throughout the majority of the home offering an abundance of natural light, a beautiful, newer front door, newer furnace & a/c (2013), newer kitchen appliances (2012), glass shower door in the master bath with WIC. The spacious, finished lower level is wonderful for entertaining, featuring a half bath and a bar. The exterior and interior of the home have both been re-painted. This home is well kept and in move in ready condition. This property is serviced by the highly sought Rochester School District.

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$384,900 :: 2708 FOX WOODS LN, Rochester Hills MI, 48307

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4 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 2,658 sq ft
Lot Size: 12,632 sq ft
Added: 07/21/17, Last Updated: 07/21/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21344397
Community: Rochester Hills (63151)
Tract: CUMBERLAND WOODS SUB NO 2
Status: Active

Move-In Ready Cumberland Wood Colonial has so much to offer! Great location in the subdivision, Lot’s of natural light, generous room sizes…and a great floor plan. Long list of special features and upgrades. Freshly painted, new roof, upgraded kitchen with special tile back splash, granite counter tops and flooring. The Kitchen flows into the Breakfast room and Family Room. The Family Room features a gas fireplace. The Breakfast Room leads to the Patio and large back yard. First floor laundry. All appliances are included in the sale. Library/Den, Formal Living Room on the first level. Four Bedrooms upstairs. The Master Suite features two Walk-In Closets. The Lower Level is finished with an additional 1/2 bath and a wet bar. Great additional living space plus a wonderful storage area. Three-car side turned garage. Sprinkler system, new sump pump, new A/C, HWH and more!

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$179,555 :: 2327 Rochelle Park Dr, Rochester Hills MI, 48309

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,170 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 05/16/17, Last Updated: 07/21/17
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 31319971
Community: Rochester Hills (63151)
Tract: Rochelle Park Condo Occpn 520
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/5/2017 by 3%
Status: Sold

Well cared for condo that’s move-in ready, with easy access to downtown, trails and M-59. Enjoy view of pond from your paver porch or the peaceful treed yard from your deck. New neutral carpet and new pergo floor in kitchen as well as new paint thru-out within last year. Generously sized living room with fan and doorwall to front porch. Updated kitchen has tile backsplash and granite counters w/stool bar. All appliances included. Dishwasher and stove just 6 months old. Pantry closet. Brkfst Nook has sliding door to deck. Solid oak doors and wood trim thru-out. Spacious Mastr w/double entry closet & ensuite bath w/tiled shower, new comfort height toilet. Large second bedroom. 1st Floor Laundry (closet). Basement floor tiled. 2-car garage.

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$265,000 :: 485 CHARLESINA DR, Rochester MI, 48306

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,575 sq ft
Lot Size: 36,154 sq ft
Added: 05/15/17, Last Updated: 07/20/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21295435
Community: Oakland Twp (63101)
Tract: RIDGEWOOD HILLS SUB
The price of this listing was last reduced on 5/30/2017 by 5%
Status: Sold

Beautifully renovated quad-level in Oakland Twp with Rochester schools. This spacious ranch offers a fantastic location atop a rolling, wooded hill ? a premium corner lot on a quiet cul-de-sac. Featuring all pavement access, 5 minutes from Rochester Road and Whole Foods. Spacious living room, newer kitchen with beautiful maple cabinets, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances. The bedrooms are generously sized with hardwood floors and great closet space. Spacious family room with walk-out access. Basement offers loads of storage and potential to finish. Additional recent updates include: neutral paint, new maple cabinets with granite counters in both the kitchen and baths, new fixtures in the bathrooms, new roof, new central air, new furnace. BONUS! Brand new septic field just installed! Nearly $20k of peace of mind for the new owner. Seller is seeding and will consider sod allowance. This is a great house for a great price in Oakland Twp.

Listed with RE/MAX Defined


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$199,900 :: 2917 WOODELM DR, Rochester Hills MI, 48309

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,700 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,583 sq ft
Added: 06/08/17, Last Updated: 07/20/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21306315
Community: Rochester Hills (63151)
Tract: SUPRVR’S REPLAT OF GLIDEW
Status: Sold

Clean, Fresh, and Ready to move into. Sprawling ranch on a nice lot in a great neighborhood!! Huge updated kitchen with fireplace. 2 full baths. Some new carpeting. Updated windows. 1st floor laundry. Backyard has privacy and a deck. Exterior has been freshly painted. Immediate occupancy.

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$298,200 :: 1623 DANCER Drive, Rochester Hills MI, 48307

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3 beds, 0 baths
Home size: 1,760 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 07/19/17, Last Updated: 07/19/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 217063072
Community: Rochester Hills
Tract: AVON HILLS VILLAGE NO 2
Status: Active

Charming 3 Bedroom, 2.1 Bathroom Home in the Heart of Rochester Hills! This Home Features: heated marble Floors in entry way, Powder Room, and upstairs Bath, Wood floors throughout, New Roof in 2016, newer Furnace & extra-large HWH in 2007, new carpet in 2016 and Invisible Pet Fence w/2 Collars. Kitchen offers granite countertops, 2 door walls, and Stainless Steel Appliances (Fridge and Microwave only 1 year old!) The large windows and skylights make this house bright and airy. Extremely private backyard with beautiful landscaping to admire and Pergola over deck stays with home. Award winning Rochester Schools! Welcome Home!

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$139,900 :: 1634 STONEY BROOK DR, Rochester Hills MI, 48309

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2 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 1,128 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 06/20/17, Last Updated: 07/19/17
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 21310791
Community: Rochester Hills (63151)
Tract: OAKWOOD PARK OCCPN 147
Status: Sold

Meticulously maintained townhouse in Oakwood Park over looking the Clinton River. Private, beautifully maintained hilly grounds. Perfect for these summer months. Lounge, swim or relax in the resort like pool with Clubhouse. Enjoy and/or entertain on the back terrace or walk out lower level. This townhouse has custom kitchen cabinets, granite counter tops, renovated bathrooms with corian counter tops, custom vanities and ceramic floor and tub surround. Generous master bedroom with large walk in closet and double vanity sinks. Upgraded vinyl plank flooring in the entrance and kitchen. Tons of indoor and secured outdoor storage! The association includes gas, water, trash and sewer, you only pay electric.

Listed with Keller Williams Royal Oak Market Center


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