House without basement - cost savings or only disadvantages?

About one quarter of all newly built houses do not have a cellar. The reason is above all cost savings. How big the cost savings actually are and what disadvantages a missing cellar can have is explained in the following guide.

Factors in the waiver of the basement

  • cost savings
  • risk factor resale
  • cost-benefit calculation

cost savings

The abandonment of a basement leads to a cost savings in construction. With around 200 to 400 EUR per square meter, the cellar represents a significant cost factor for new buildings.

Necessary special waterproofing and additional measures for necessary building grounds may necessitate additional costs in the amount of tens of thousands of euros.

Very simple basements can sometimes be realized even under 200 EUR per square meter, especially if they are left in the raw version, and the expansion is provided later.

Risk Factor Resale

Buildings without a basement are little appreciated on the market. This can have a significant impact on the price to be achieved when reselling.

Homes without basements offer most buyers too little storage space and are unconsciously classified as less solid or durable.

The sales opportunities are thus significantly worse for a resale, and the price to be achieved may be lower than in a basement variant. This is confirmed by most brokers.

Cost-benefit calculation

The price of the cellar construction is reduced if the possible land use is taken into account. As a rule of thumb for the utility bill at the cellar can apply: 40 percent more space at 10 percent more cost.

The cellar can be used not only as a storage and storage space, but also as a workshop, party room or as additional living space. In the case of non-basement houses, additional living space would have to be cultivated - or additionally required storage space. This results in comparatively much higher costs.

If the cellar is already planned as a possible living space from the outset, under some circumstances the size of the building may be smaller. Thus, the costs of the Kellerbau largely offset. A corresponding expansion of the cellar with thermal insulation, lighting and ventilation must be taken into account in the cost calculation.

Tips & TricksOne compromise solution can be to build a basement, but leave it in the rough draft, and expand it later. This saves costs in the run-up, but in the long term a complete expansion of the cellar is possible.
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