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Old 06-04-2010, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Seaford
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We live in a 4yo 3bd, 2bth rancher with an an unfinished "bonus" room upstais. The electric was roughed in when the house was built and it is partially floored, but basically unfinished. We plan on selling in about 5 yrs. when I retire. I would like to finish the upstairs room. I think that if I did the work myself it would be a selling point for the house; not necessarily help us make a profit, but be more of a selling point. I wanted to put in a half bath, but I don't think that is possible. Any opinions?
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Old 06-04-2010, 08:54 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I don't think there is any question it will help sell your house. Just make sure you have all the proper permits or it can actually turn in to a bad selling point.
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Old 06-04-2010, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Olympia
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I agree, finishing the bonus room will be a selling point and will also have an impact on the price, especially if you add a half bath.
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Old 06-04-2010, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Seaford
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Thanks for your info; yes a half bath would be nice, but I had a plumber up there just the other day and, although running water up there wouldn't be a problem, there really isn't a good way to put a sanitary drain in; not planned in by the builder/designer I guess. Still, a finished room, even without a half bath would probably boost the selling value I think. Thanks again for your info.
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Old 06-04-2010, 09:45 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Do you have central air, and will it reach that room if finished? We had a 3-story twin with the same type of unfinished room on the third floor. We had it finished to use as my son's bedroom (it was quite large) but it was just too darn hot for the C/A to reach. We had to put in a window unit. Just something to think about. I agree it will be a huge selling point though -- who wouldn't want an extra usable room?
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Old 06-05-2010, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Seaford
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Avalon08' Good point about C/A - yes it would have to be installed along with heat or the room would only be usable during the fall and spring. I will have to get the hvac guy in here this fall to make recommendations.
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Old 06-05-2010, 07:02 AM
 
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I think an unfinished 2nd floor is a big turn-off. Almost anything you could do to make it look attractive and usable will be a "plus" compared to what it is now. Personally I'd love to have library/den/office bonus space with built-ins. Others might say family or game room.
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