Zillow Advice: Home Improvement - Adding a storm shelter improve home value http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Adding-a-storm-shelter-improve-home-value/401048/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate A Storm Room only has value ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Adding-a-storm-shelter-improve-home-value/401048/ A Storm Room only has value if used and prepared as a Storm Room, otherwise it is a very nice closet or storage area. <br/><br/>The mindset of the owner/buyer wanting and needing and willing to prepare for storms and disasters is the only thing that makes it work as a storm room.<br/><br/>Don't waste time or money on this project if you are not going to really use it.<br/><br/>We have had 2 major hurricanes in the Gulf Cast area "Rita" and "Ike" and I visited with several people that wanted to market storm rooms, hurricane shutters, and other storm protective measure...........they got no where with it........I glad I visited with them prior to marketing storm rooms.....it is a tough to make people want something they don't see a value in???<br/><br/>Good Luck!<br/><br/>James Callas - Realtor&reg; Mon, 06 Jun 2011 00:59:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Adding-a-storm-shelter-improve-home-value/401048/ 2011-06-06T00:59:00Z I suspect it would be a plus ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Adding-a-storm-shelter-improve-home-value/401048/ I suspect it would be a plus for the home if done to codes and tastefully, but I doubt it would add value sufficient to make up for the costs of construction.&nbsp; Mon, 06 Jun 2011 00:51:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Adding-a-storm-shelter-improve-home-value/401048/ 2011-06-06T00:51:00Z It will improve your home ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Adding-a-storm-shelter-improve-home-value/401048/ It will improve your home value some, but not 100% of the cost of the shelter.<br/><br/>FEMA has some good specs on storm shelters and pay close attention to the positive pressure air infiltration system. (also protects against contaminates...anthrax etc).<br/><br/>To me a storm shelter's best value is to the family that has it built and will use it correctly and "Be Prepared" for anything coming their way.<br/><br/>ICF 10" thick or thicker with minimum 6" concrete reinforced roof will protect you to 150 to 250 mph winds.<br/><br/>The investment is the lives you save and protect.........how much is that............Priceless!!!<br/><br/>Good Luck!<br/><br/>James Callas - Realtor&reg; <br/>&nbsp; Mon, 06 Jun 2011 00:46:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Adding-a-storm-shelter-improve-home-value/401048/ 2011-06-06T00:46:00Z