Is a Basement Walkout Entry Right for You?
Hello, Caleb with Dansie Design Build. So, today you may be wondering, is building a basement walkout entry on my home a good fit for me? That is a good question, and it’s an important one, too, because once the basement walkout entry is in the ground, there is no going back on that decision; it’s there for good. Like many home improvement projects, the basement walkout entry does have its own set of pros and cons that go along with it. So in today’s video, I want to review a few of those to help you weigh your options and see if a basement walkout entry is a good fit for you.
Con #1: Consider the Space Your Home Has
A basement walkout entry generally takes the space of a 5’X20′ footprint and will occupy the space in your back or side yard. That is a significant amount of space, and it can and will create a situation where that space will not be able to be used for anything else, and you lose the opportunity to perform other backyard activities in that space.
Con #2: The Costs to Build a Basement Walkout Entry
A basement walkout entry does have a financial aspect to it. Most basement walkout entries require a total investment between $25,000 to $35,000; the average cost we’ve seen most recently is around $30,000. So if you’re looking to rent out the basement to tenants, it could take a couple of years for that project to break even and pay itself off with the rental income the apartment is generating.
Massive Benefits to Adding a Basement Walkout Entry to Your Home
The other thing is there are some benefits to having a basement walkout entry, such as:
- Adding additional functionality to your home.
- There is more privacy in your home.
- If you’re looking to have family live close by, that does provide the opportunity for them to live there with you.
These pros can be a massive benefit to a lot of people in Utah and Salt Lake county areas.
So I hope this has helped you see some of the pros and cons of having a basement walkout entry and help you decide if this type of home improvement project makes sense for you and your family’s needs.