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Old Yesterday, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Bloomington IN
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This really must be something particular to the area in which you are looking to purchase. Listings here generally show at least one basement photo. It's often more than that especially if it's a nicely finished walkout basement.
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Old Yesterday, 08:04 AM
 
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Here in my area they don't even include whether there is a basement or not in the actual listing part most of the time which was MADDENING when I was looking as there was no way I was living on a slab. I guess I was just supposed to assume that if it wasn't listed as having one, then it didn't. But even a crawlspace would have been acceptable and I didn't like just...not seeing any mention and just having to assume that the realtor ? No foundation info at all. Apparently a lot of developments here were slab oriented which was not the case where I'm from. Honestly, its an important thing and it probably takes an extra 30 seconds or less to include it. Just be complete, you are (supposed to be) a professional! This in an area with an AF base with lots of customers coming who have never lived here before and aren't psychics.

Photo's seem to be a pretty random thing across the country. Were I a realtor I would include basement pictures before bedroom pictures unless the bedroom were high end for some reason. They are a box, who cares? All you need for a bedroom is the dimensions. I skim right past bedroom pictures.
Would much rather see pics of the mechanicals and/in the basement.
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Old Yesterday, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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This really must be something particular to the area in which you are looking to purchase. Listings here generally show at least one basement photo. It's often more than that especially if it's a nicely finished walkout basement.
I agree. All the listings here for many counties show basements, even the dark and scary kind. In fact, I've seen some basement photos that would make me run for the hills. Personally, I always want to see basement photos if the mechanicals and the laundry facilities are located there, because those things are important to me.
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Old Yesterday, 08:14 AM
 
Location: eastern Kansas in the wooded hills
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I agree with Gisela. Looking at property online, one of the must have features for me is a full basement and not some scary dark hole or crawlspace. And I also agree with seeing the mechanicals as well as the basement photos. It tells me a lot about the house, it's upgrades and maintenance. Having replaced three HVAC systems in three separate homes, I can say without a doubt that it's as expensive as needing a new roof. We are systems geeks here in our house.
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Old Yesterday, 08:41 AM
 
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Here in MN listings always show pictures of the basement whether is it finished or not.
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Old Yesterday, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Manchester, MO—>East Cobb, GA 30062
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I always was curious about this. A basement has been high on our priorities when buying a house.

We just bought a house in Atlanta, and maybe 50% of the houses have basements. Probably 80% of those with basements have daylight walk-out basements. They are often a pretty big deal it seems in Atlanta. Quite a few are finished when they are built but not necessarily.

I looked at Zillow and other listing services and found that houses that had basements but did not have photos were either unfinished, dated, or poorly done.
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Old Yesterday, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in America
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There's a limit on how many photos realtors can list. Honestly, who cares about a basement? In an area where every house has a basement, no one really cares unless it's finished to the 9's. In an area like Florida where basements aren't common, yeah there'd be photos and it would absolutely be a huge selling feature. In an area like Jersey, basements are standard so it's not a selling feature, however bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms, etc are so people want photos of those rooms. What's there to really see about an unfinished basement? Ooooh poured concrete walls or cinder block...yippie! I don't understand why some realtors will waste 5 or more photos on photos of a furnace, water system, etc especially when they don't show a bathroom!
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Old Yesterday, 12:23 PM
 
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I am getting ready to put my house on the market. In order to clear out as much as possible in the living spaces so as to have uncluttered photos, I am boxing things up and putting them on shelves in the basement. I don't need pics of moving boxes in my listing. Fortunately, I have already moved a good bit of misc. to my new house in a neighboring state, but there are still things that will be packed for the final move from the old house.
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Old Yesterday, 01:04 PM
 
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I too have wondered and why it is rare to have a picture of the garage space... to me a single family without garage space isn't much of a home... my thinking.

A recent listing listed 6 car garage... but not a single picture in the 30 pictures???
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Old Yesterday, 03:01 PM
 
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I hate basements other than walkouts. I won't even go down into mine. I pretend it doesn't exist

Seeing basement pics would be a turnoff to me
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