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The Dos and Don’ts to Finishing Your Basement

Finishing your basement is one of the most requested renovation projects that homeowners ask for. And who can blame them? Who doesn’t like having a basement that matches their wants and needs? Now that you have decided that it is time for you to update this area, we want to make sure you have the correct information. That is why you need to check out these dos and don’ts of finishing your basement.

Do Start With a Plan

There is so much potential that comes with finishing your basement. If you do not come up with a plan, you may find yourself getting confused, spending more money or never finishing your basement. Before even hiring a contractor, you should have a good idea of what you want to turn your basement into — living space, gym, entertainment room, etc. Once you know what you want to turn it into, you can then work with a contractor and a designer to get the plan started. 

Don’t Underestimate the Construction

Finishing a basement differs from many other projects because you’re starting from the ground up. While this gives you more freedom to design the room as you see appropriate, it also means you’ll have to put in more effort, in the beginning, to keep it warm and dry. Unless you have a strong history in construction, we strongly advise you to hire a contractor. It’s better to leave shoring up any foundation fractures and framing around your existing ducting to the professionals. Nobody wants their hard work to be ruined by a stray downpour or freezing temps. Make sure the staff you select has the skills to carry out your distinct vision before you sign any contracts. Choose someone familiar with your municipality’s permitting and zoning rules, and, if possible, hire specialists to perform any plumbing or electrical work.

Do Have a Budget

Just like every other remodel project you do, you need to have a budget. If you do not have a budget, you may be spending way more than you were wanting or you can afford. If you do not have enough money, there are many ways you can get the additional funds. You can get a loan or even refinance your home. Or, you can work with a contract that has exclusive deals and a financing plan. 

Don’t Be Afraid to Express Yourself

A basement is a place in the house where you can have a great time. Allow your creativity to go wild and design a location that you and your family will love for years.

Do Add Lighting

In most basements, there isn’t much natural light. Examine current illumination and consider how you can make the most of it in the new space. After that, add more lighting. We suggest having multiple lighting fixtures as well as lamps in the space. 

Don’t Ignore Water Damage

Water problems can be indicated by calcium calcification patches or a fractured foundation on the concrete floor. Before you start remodeling, contact someone who can completely dry out your basement, or hire a foundation specialist to help you figure out what you need to do. Don’t let a faulty sump pump derail your renovation.

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Do Add a Bedroom

Even though your basement may have rooms, they are not considered bedrooms unless there is a closet. By building a closet in the room, you intend to utilize as an office in the basement, you may help yourself down the line when you sell the home. Building a $200 closet can add $5,000 to $6,000 to the selling price because you can add a bedroom to your listing.

Don’t Do it Alone

It may be too risky to start on a large remodeling project if you have no experience with power equipment. Plus, if you don’t have the necessary experience, you shouldn’t attempt electrical or plumbing repairs. Hire an expert with references, as well as one who is licensed and insured. A licensed contractor running your job will pay for itself in time, money and peace of mind. And luckily, you do not have to look far for the top stress-free basement finisher in the area — Valor Home Services. Our skilled team of experts can help you plan and get your remodeling project done. To get started or for more information, give us a call today