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Old Today, 01:05 AM
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We are originally from Colorado, but moved here from Florida (lived there for 3 yrs), just moved to Indiana 3 months ago. We want to buy a house in the summer or fall of 2019. We noticed a lot of houses do not have basements, is there a reason why?
Lots of houses do have basements in Colorado, I love it because it gives a little extra room. Just wondering if that is a good idea here. We are going to be looking to buy something maybe on the east side of Lawrence, Fishers, McCordsville, Carmel or Noblesville. Thanks in advance for the info
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Old Today, 04:48 AM
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Reasons for a lack of a basement most likely:

1.) Cost

2.) Water table

I can't speak for current (new) construction, but many older homes in the area will have basements. Many parts of the area have heavy clay soil, so drainage is critical for times when there are heavy rains or snow melt, so expect to find a sump pump in these. If the water table is relatively high in an area the builder probably chose to avoid digging basements due to the difficulty and liability.

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Old Today, 06:48 PM
Location: Indianapolis, East Side
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Basements tend to get wet here. It's not inevitable, though, I'm on clay soil and have a dry basement. It looks like it's had a few major repairs.

Most of the house has concrete around the perimeter; where it doesn't, I banked up the soil and planted grass seeds to the house would have positive drainage. I also had the gutters fixed and keep them cleaned out.

I love having a basement. I sleep there in the summer and start seedlings there in the winter.
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