What constitutes a finished basement for tax purposes?
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Thereof, what constitutes as a finished basement?
A basement is finished when the entire level is complete and similar to the upstairs living areas. It generally includes an electrical system, heat, finished floors, an accessible entrance/stairway, level ceilings, and finished walls.
Subsequently, question is, what does a basement need to be considered living space? A Standard Answer: Basements should NOT be included in square footage according to Fannie Mae and ANSI guidelines. In short, if the area is below ground level, it doesn't count as living space. This does not mean a basement cannot contribute to the value though.
Subsequently, one may also ask, do you include finished basement in square footage?
Below grade spaces (basements, dens, etc.) do not usually count toward a home's square footage. Even a finished basement can't be counted toward a home's Gross Living Area (GLA) but it can be noted separately in the listings total area. Stairways and closet areas are included in the square footage length.
How much does a finished basement increase taxes?
Finishing your basement will increase the value of your home by 70 percent of the remodeling costs, according to Remodeling Magazine. But that doesn't mean your property taxes will go up by that amount.