Home Buyer Tip - Homes Built on a Slab

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Olsen Ziegler Realty

In some parts of the country, many or most homes are built on a slab -- ie. no basement.  The home rests on a concrete foundation.  Some builders of yesteryear built homes on a slab to also make them more affordable.  Sometimes, the soil and/or rock formations would not support a basement.  Earthquakes, water tables and many other factors can also influence whether a particular home, neighborhood, or geographic area will have a basement or not.

Here are just a few practical considerations to take into account regarding homes built on a slab:

  • Lack of storage.  This can be huge.  Even if you aren't a pack rat, storing your items either in the garage or unfinished attic (with perhaps only a ladder access) can prove to not only be quite challenging, but also downright stressful.
  • Cold on the feet.  Slab homes can be cold on the feet in the winter, even when walking on carpet.
  • Hard on the feet.  Slab homes can also be hard on joints as well as concrete just doesn't give the way wood framing does.

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Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
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Chris - cold feet is usually something we relate to buyers remorse or second guessing there decision to buy

Mar 21, 2010 04:34 PM #1
Matt Grohe
RE/MAX Concepts - Des Moines, IA
Serving the metro since 2003

Chris: If you live in an area with a high water table not having a basement is not necessarily a bad thing. no basement, no water in the basement!

Mar 21, 2010 04:53 PM #2
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