Zillow Advice: Home Ownership - Should finished basement be in in total sq ft of house? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Should-finished-basement-be-in-in-total-sq-ft-of-house/525827/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate here in berks and surrounding ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Should-finished-basement-be-in-in-total-sq-ft-of-house/525827/ here in berks and surrounding areas, Realtors enter below grade finished sq. footage as a notation, but not as "true sq footage" to a home. &nbsp;Like in the case of a 1600 sq ft. home having an additional 450 sq ft. in the basement with a walkout entrance. &nbsp;One would like to call it 2050 sq. ft. but it should not be added into our MLS as such. &nbsp; Fri, 28 Mar 2014 05:09:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Should-finished-basement-be-in-in-total-sq-ft-of-house/525827/ 2014-03-28T05:09:00Z In Berks county, below grade ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Should-finished-basement-be-in-in-total-sq-ft-of-house/525827/ In Berks county, below grade (ground level) should not be counted in the square footage. The value will change if it is finished, but we are slowing moving towards entering both above and below grade square footage but in the meantime, it should be addressed in the remarks section. That being said, there are some that do include the square footage for the basement is sometime included erroneously in the total square footage. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:39:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Should-finished-basement-be-in-in-total-sq-ft-of-house/525827/ 2014-01-28T00:39:00Z On Zillow, the square footage ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Should-finished-basement-be-in-in-total-sq-ft-of-house/525827/ On Zillow, the square footage of the home is the above grade finished living area with heat/AC.&nbsp;&nbsp; If one clicks on "see data sources", one can find the basement square footage and whether or not it is finished, partially finished or unfinished.&nbsp; <br/><br/>Below grade finished square feet adds considerably less value per square foot than above grade square footage.&nbsp; Therefore, having them separated is useful.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sometimes agents show "total square footage" including basements, but in those cases they need to be extremely clear that some is below grade.&nbsp;&nbsp; Sat, 25 Jan 2014 16:24:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Should-finished-basement-be-in-in-total-sq-ft-of-house/525827/ 2014-01-25T16:24:00Z I have seen Agents frequently ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Should-finished-basement-be-in-in-total-sq-ft-of-house/525827/ I have seen Agents frequently add quality finished areas in a basement in square footage.&nbsp; It can be a little deceptive but if it is really well done, I can see where it is justified.&nbsp; I would always make a notation of it somewhere in the listing, however (in the description would be best so consumers can read it but at the very least in the agent comments). Sat, 25 Jan 2014 16:15:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Should-finished-basement-be-in-in-total-sq-ft-of-house/525827/ 2014-01-25T16:15:00Z No finished basement should ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Should-finished-basement-be-in-in-total-sq-ft-of-house/525827/ <p>No finished basement should not be included in the total living space. Only the square footage above grade is considered to be part of the total in Pa.<br/><br/>The finished base does however ad value and should be noted in the marketing of the home.</p> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 15:19:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Should-finished-basement-be-in-in-total-sq-ft-of-house/525827/ 2014-01-25T15:19:00Z - Is the county assessor ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Should-finished-basement-be-in-in-total-sq-ft-of-house/525827/ - Is the county assessor counting the sqft?<br/>- Does the finish out have it's own HVAC system and not a hotel like wall or window unit?<br/>- Do the other homes in the neighborhood have finished basements and is the county assessor counting theirs? &nbsp; Sat, 25 Jan 2014 13:39:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Should-finished-basement-be-in-in-total-sq-ft-of-house/525827/ 2014-01-25T13:39:00Z