Pros & Cons of a Basement Walkout Entry

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:

  1. Adding additional functionality to your home. 
  2. There is more privacy in your home. 
  3. 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.

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Have you wondered what it costs to finish a basement in Salt Lake and Utah Counties?  Our basement finishing cost guide will give you everything you need to know.

  • Pricing for 1000 and 1500 square foot basement finishes
  • Pricing to include a bathroom, a kitchen, or open square footage
  • Pricing for Basic, Average, and Luxury Level Finishes
  • Basement walkout entrance pricing
  • Real project costs for basements we have finished
  • How to avoid the most costly mistakes while finishing a basement




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  • Pricing calculation for any sized basement
  • Pricing to include a bathroom, a kitchen, a laundry room, or open square footage
  • Basement walkout entrance pricing
  • How to avoid the most costly mistakes while finishing a basement