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are basements included in square footage?

  • July 04 2011 - US
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In the Colorado Springs MLS Square footage is listed as Total Sq Ft, Finished Sq Ft, Upper, Main, Lower, and Basement Square footage. 
  • November 07 2011
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In Ohio, a basement have full walk out egress in order to be counted as liveable square footage.  In addition, it must be finished like the rest of the home...including full HVAC, electric, drywall, paint, trim, etc.
  • November 07 2011
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In Minnesota if the basement is finished including floor coverings it is counted. 
  • August 28 2011
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In CT basements are not officially included in the square footage of a home. Our MLS considers anything below grade level to not be livable space.  We do have a field to enter if the basement is finished or unfinished and we can always describe the home as having a basement that is finished with 'X' amount of square footage. This holds true until the home has a walk-out that is finished.  The realtor must check the town records to see if the space is considered livable and the owner is being taxed as such.  In that regard, it is included in the total sq. footage. When there is a question about any home always contact a local realtor.  That person will have all of the facts at their fingertips! 
  • July 17 2011
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In Colorado most homes are listed with total sq. footage ...... but respecting basements they are also noted on the MLS as being finished or unfinished.  Often if it is garden level finished sq. footage ...... that will be noted as such too - finished sq. footage.  The best advise / answer for your question is the prior answer by Sharon ...... contact a local RE and ask your question.  They will tell you!!
  • July 08 2011
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Depends on where you are, for the most accurate answer, call a local realtor and ask.
@Ben-that is a bit misleading because there are other criteria depending on the state.
  • July 07 2011
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In the Denver MLS system basements are very much included, however there are 3 different SQFT measurements.  SQFT is all sqft above grade, so if it's a walk out basement that is finished it will be included here,if it's below grade it will not.  Total SQFT is all square footage in the home regardless if it's finished, above or below grade.  Lastly, Total Finished SQFT is all finished sqft regardless it its above or below grade.  I hope that helps!
  • July 06 2011
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I think the rule in most places is it depends if it was completed with permit or not.
  • July 06 2011
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In North Carolina, for the basement to count in the square footage of the home, it has to be heated (by a conventional heating system that is permanently installed), finished (wall, floors and ceilings finished), and directly accessible from the rest of the living area (i.e., by a door or stairway but exterior entrance does not count).  Moreover, it has to have a ceiling height of at least 7 feet.

I sold one home with a beautifully finished and fully heated/air conditioned basement living space, but it only had an outdoor entrance (the owner wanted it that way), so it did not count in the square footage of the home.
  • July 04 2011
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All the answers below are correct but let me add that the space below ground will not receive full credit (in most cases) as the above ground space. The appraiser will make adjustments for sub-grade construction.
  • July 04 2011
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In Massachusetts it can be counted as living area sq. ft. if it is finished, has a door and 30" windows. Sometimes a town assessor will call this space living area sq. ft. when it actually lacks a qualification which will increase your taxes, (more $ for the town). The banks appraiser will usally catch this and adjust accordingly.
  • July 04 2011
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If the basement space is a finished, heated space, with an egress (exit/entrance), it can be counted as interior square feet in the PA/NJ/DE market.

  • July 04 2011
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The assessor will indicate the sq ft of living space on the records.  On our MLS we can include the above ground living space and below ground living space.  The below ground only when it is finished living space. 
  • July 04 2011
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Only if the basement is finished.  I don't know your state's procedures, but square footage would be counted on your tax records, but not on a listing to be included as "livable" space if it isn't finished.
Hope this helps.
  • July 04 2011
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