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Are Basement Egress Windows Worth It?

Homeowners love their finished basements. They can afford you and your family a large amount of additional living space without the exorbitant cost of adding onto your home. They also make terrific spots to create playrooms, game rooms, in-home theaters, additional bedrooms and more. While some homes are built with walkout basements, others are not. This creates a safety issue for anyone planning on enjoying a finished basement.

Homes with finished basements should have some form of egress (a way in and out) in the event of a fire. In fact, homeowners can’t have a legal bedroom in their basement without an egress window installed in the bedroom. While they are a great idea, basement egress windows aren’t cheap to install. This leads a homeowner to ask, “are basement egress windows worth it?” The answer? A very clear, “yes.” Whether you’re looking to add value to your home or safety for your family, egress windows are definitely worth it.


Egress Windows Are Worth It For Safety

It’s not something any of us like to consider, but we certainly should – especially if we have children. If a fire were to break out upstairs in your home while you were in the basement, what would be your exit strategy? Do you have a stairwell leading to the garage? Will you try to squeeze through the tiny windows that are already there? Egress window kits are made with fire codes in mind to ensure you or your loved one a safe and easy exit in an emergency. Additionally, they can be customized to your specifications, making them not only effective but beautiful, too. Egress windows are certainly worth it for safety.

Egress Windows Are Worth It For Your Home’s Value

It may surprise you to know that egress windows can add substantial value to your home. How much value does an egress window add? It depends on your home. They are, however, one of the only projects in which you will fully recoup your cost in resale value. The total cost of installation of an egress window starts around $6000 dollars. However, if you have all the other qualifications for a bedroom (closet and at least 10 ft by 10 ft area) then you can market that as a bedroom when it comes time to sell your house. The current average for value per livable space in Cincinnati is around $125 per square foot. That means a 12×12 room will be worth roughly $18,000 in additional value for your home. This for a project that starts at only around $6,000.

Egress windows are worth it for a whole list of reasons

It’s not just safety and value that make egress windows a great idea:

  • Safety
  • Legally market a basement room as a bedroom
  • Increased lighting
  • Increased air flow
  • Can be added anywhere in your basement

Are Egress Windows Worth it?

An egress window is a great way to make your home safe and comfortable and an excellent way to add instant value to your home. It is a fairly affordable project and one of the few that will fully recoup your costs in resale value. Plus, it only takes a few days to complete! The project is a handful for even the most experienced DIYers and can cause quite a mess, which is why hiring a professional home repair company, like ProMaster, is always a good idea. We will leave your yard and home clean and mess free after the project is finished.

Does an Egress Window Sound Appealing to You?

If you would like to make your home safer, increase the ambiance of your basement and add value to your home, consider installing an egress window to your home. For help on tackling this (or any) project, contact a “Home Repair Hero” from ProMaster Home Repair. You can use the “reach out” form at the bottom of this page, schedule online, or give us a call at 513-322-2914.

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