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Update bathrooms or finish basement?

My wife and I have a 3bd/2bath house in Harford County MD. Both bathrooms are relatively small and outdated, and the kitchen has some updates, and the basement is completely unfinished.  For adding to the value of the home, what would be best, to update both bathrooms or to finish the basement?

If we do the basement we will add one full bathroom, a finished laundry room, entertainment area space for a pool table, and a spare guest bedroom. It will add about 1300 square feet of living space.


Both updates will be done eventually, but which project adds the most value to the house?


  • September 26 2009 - Bel Air
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I vote on the basement, however its gonna cost more than updating the bathrooms. 
  • September 28 2009
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the basement additional sq footage will add more value.
the additional room and bath will allow your home be comparable to 4/3's rather than the 3/2's. make sure all the improvment are permited and completed by licensed contractors. i would also consult with your contractor about zoning. if you add an 2nd enterance to the basement that maybe considered a 2nd unit. this could be an attractive feature for resale.
  • September 26 2009
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