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Unread 04-30-2011, 07:47 AM
 
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Default Storm Shelter

We are hoping to build our house this summer. After the storm, we are now considering adding a storm shelter in the house. Are we overreacting? Do you think having one will matter when it's time to sell?
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Unread 04-30-2011, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Seymour TN
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Are you in (or near) a flat or very hilly area? If flat, I don't think it's a bad idea.
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Unread 04-30-2011, 08:19 AM
 
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Flat. I'm glad to know that you don't think we're overreacting.
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Unread 04-30-2011, 08:39 AM
 
Location: On the plateau, TN
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Having a "safe" room can always be used as a storage room for the next owners..... It will be easier and cheaper to build along with new construction....
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Unread 04-30-2011, 12:13 PM
 
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Because of the topography of East TN, lots of folks have basements which I think serve the purpose of a storm shelter. Being from East TN my entire life, (I'm 42), this is the worst round of weather we've seen in my memory since the tornadoes of 1974. If you can build a house with a basement on your land, I, personally, think that would be sufficient without going to any extra expense of a "storm shelter." I dont think a storm shelter would really increase the overall value of your home. I hope this helps ease your mind a bit?
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Unread 04-30-2011, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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No, you're not overreacting. There's a company here in middle Tennessee that sells above-ground storm shelters/safe rooms that bolt into your concrete foundation. They're only about $5K and would be easy to work into a garage during construction. After seeing the devastation in Tuscaloosa, I wouldn't mind having one. In the TV footage, I didn't see any linen closets like the one we have that survived that tornado.
The safe room is solid steel and would keep you safer from flying debris, whereas a basement wouldn't.
I wouldn't think it would increase the overall value of your home, but I certainly would see it as a plus if I were a buyer.
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Unread 05-01-2011, 01:45 AM
 
Location: Deane Hill, Knoxville, Tennessee
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Tornadoes are possible anywhere and having a shelter is probably good for the peace of mind. I've never heard of anyone around here having one. They are popular in Middle and West Tennessee, though.
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Unread 05-02-2011, 05:28 AM
 
Location: Morristown, TN
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I'd think a basement would be fine. Weather like we had last week has NEVER happened in the 20 years i've been here. Of course, everyone functions on their own personal level of safety, so if you feel better doing it and have the money, go ahead.
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Unread 05-04-2011, 12:40 PM
 
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I never really felt fear about tornadoes until this last round of storms, but I can say that even in a brick house like mine, it would have been nice to have a storm shelter. After seeing the damage in Tuscaloosa, I think it would be well worth a few grand to possibly save the lives of your family in the event of a disaster. Preventative maintenance is never a bad idea. Although we don't usually have storms like that here very often, we have had several pretty rough ones in the past couple of months. I am hoping this isn't any indication of what we can expect every year from now on!We had either a downburst or funnel cloud go over our house and it took the tops off of the trees, so I am definitely looking at preventative procedures myself.

I don't know how homeowner's insurance views storm shelters, but I have heard that there are grants through the government that cover up to 75% of the costs for building a storm shelter. I'm not sure what the regulations are for that, but it is worth investigating.
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Unread 05-04-2011, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Deane Hill, Knoxville, Tennessee
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I never really felt fear about tornadoes until this last round of storms, but I can say that even in a brick house like mine, it would have been nice to have a storm shelter. After seeing the damage in Tuscaloosa, I think it would be well worth a few grand to possibly save the lives of your family in the event of a disaster. Preventative maintenance is never a bad idea. Although we don't usually have storms like that here very often, we have had several pretty rough ones in the past couple of months. I am hoping this isn't any indication of what we can expect every year from now on!We had either a downburst or funnel cloud go over our house and it took the tops off of the trees, so I am definitely looking at preventative procedures myself.

I don't know how homeowner's insurance views storm shelters, but I have heard that there are grants through the government that cover up to 75% of the costs for building a storm shelter. I'm not sure what the regulations are for that, but it is worth investigating.
Where do you live?
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