Things to Consider When Finishing Your Basement
Finishing your basement can be one of the best investments you make in your home. It adds more livable square feet to the home, and it will likely add substantially to the value of your home. A newly finished basement will also add functionality to your house since it often includes additional family space, extra bedrooms, or other much-needed spaces.
While finishing a basement is a very smart move for most homeowners, it is also a project which should not be considered lightly. It can mean significant construction, unexpected costs and sometimes an unfortunate discovery or two. We've put together a rundown of some of the factors you should consider during your planning, which should help you have the successful renovation you deserve.
Rule Out Any Unknown Health Issues
Unfinished basements run the gamut from currently usable space that needs some improvement to dusty rooms filled with hanging wires and mystery collections of trash. But in all cases, an unfinished basement means that until now, the space wasn't built to be used on a regular basis. Which means that no one has likely checked to make sure that there aren't any health issues present. The health hazards of unfinished basements such as mold and Radon can be lurking undetected, and it's essential that rule all of these out before proceeding with your project.
Consider the Humidity
It's not unusual for a basement space to have moisture or humidity issues. But installing a dehumidifier can make the problem worse by drawing moisture from the concrete block walls. Instead, create sure to fix any leaks, repair any cracks in the foundation and install breathable insulation and vapor barriers throughout the space.
Shed Some Light on the Basement
Adding more light to the basement can be a game changer. It opens up the basement and brings illumination to an area which can frequently seem dark and bunker-like. It's not always possible to add a window or two to the basement. But if you can, it's a real plus for your family and the valuation of the home.
Lend a Hand
Even homeowners without many DIY skills can tackle some of the easy basement projects, ranging to demolition and clean-up to painting and also laying tile. The general rule of thumb is that the more you do, the more you save. And while you don't want to take on more than you can handle, doing a bit of the work can leave more money in your pocket as well as give you some fond memories of renovation once it's done. Remember that in the end. from insulation to moisture to Radon, it’s important to have an experienced professional outfitting your basement remodel to eliminate any potential problems if you think that you can’t completely handle the remodel.
Hopefully, these suggestions will inspire you to finish your basement and create that magical living space that everyone in your family will enjoy. There is no better feeling than standing in a newly completed room, admiring the improvements that have been made, and be sure to consider the new rooms you’ve added to your home - you’ll probably also need some security installation there too.