After the recent tornadoes, storm shelters may have meant the difference between life or death.
But as real estate professionals attest, the value of a storm shelter can make a difference when selling a home.
According to the county assessor's office records, there are 14,817 registered storm shelters in Oklahoma County.
Sounds like a lot, but compared to the roughly 250,000 residential properties in the county, that is only 6 percent of homes.
Since the tornadoes in May, the necessity for underground storm shelters has become a topic of discussion.
Oklahoma City appraiser Terry Buford said the location of the shelter in proximity to the home somewhat alters the value it adds.
Buford says homeowner could get a better return on his or her investment by installing a below-ground storm shelter.
Buford says an underground shelter could add about $2,500 to your home, and they cost about $3,000 to $5,000 to put in.