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The only thing I'd add is you might want to consider going with a plan in the 1700 plus that includes a bonus room if you don't plan to own it forever. Imo that adds a lot to the house for families because now they have more than one room to hang out in, or can use the living room for guests. Makes the house far more livable.
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You'll definitely get your money back at the very least.
Bottom line is that the bonus rooms appeal to a larger demographic (people starting families, people with families, or people just wanting more space). Nobody really buys the average house saying "this is too much square footage". It allows people to not finish their basement given the extra space. In my place, I loved the vaulted ceilings (no bonus room). Now that I have a kid, I'm going to list my place for sale and look for a place with a bonus room (finished basement would be a plus).
Livable space is king, IMO. Places with vaulted ceilings and no bonus room might appeal to younger people where kids aren't in the picture... or they can have the best of both worlds and get the vaulted ceilings and then finish the basement (but this will take like another $20K). If anything, if you have a bonus room and the place across the way doesn't, if both places are similar in features and price, I would bet that the place with the bonus room sells first.
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No bonus room = starter home imo. It's a temp home people will make due with, because if you have 2 kids it sux ass. At the very least You can't ignore the mess because everyone spends all their time in the living room, which everyone visiting sees. With a bonus room it keeps the mess upstairs.
imo it's worth it and then some, but you should be able to ballpark the value looking at used new homes for sale. or just the sheer lack of homes in new areas without it if they have an attached garage for how desirable a house without a bonus room is. I have to walk a couple blocks to find one actually in my area