Finishing your basement is a great idea, it gives your family more living space and adds value to your home. Win-win…right. The whole process of a basement remodel is not exactly fun, especially if you’re not prepared.
Here are 6 tips to make sure your basement renovation goes off without a hitch.
Get the Permits
Before you start any construction project in your home you need to know what if any permits you’re going to need. Some municipalities require different permits for different stages in the construction. There are likely to be building codes you will have to abide by and knowing this stuff upfront will save you a ton of hassle and money.
Check for Moisture First
Basements are notorious for leaks and damp. It’s common to have condensation, leaks and floods in basements, so before you begin check and make sure this isn’t going to be a problem. The last thing you want is to have to rip out the renovation because of mold. A cheap and easy way to test to see if your basement is damp is to tape plastic sheeting to the floors and walls. Come back in two weeks and see if there is any condensation. If there is some under the plastic, then you need to seal your foundation. If you have moisture on top of the sheeting then you need to get a dehumidifier. Here is a video from home improvement expert Bob Vila on how to waterproof your basement.
Inspect & Repair any Problems
You will want to check the floor joists before you start and make sure they aren’t sagging. Insect damage can be another problem that will come back to haunt you if you don’t deal with it now. Check any windows and casings to make sure there aren’t any infestations, get pest control into deal with them if you find any. Get your furnace or boiler inspection to make sure carbon monoxide is not a problem for you.
Break Up the Space
If you’re completely remodeling the basement consider adding different rooms. You can add a bedroom or an office depending on your needs. You can still have the man cave but putting an extra bathroom down there would add value and make it easier to enjoy the space.
Fix the Stairs
If your basement has been left unused then chances are you have a pretty rickety old staircase. It probably needs an upgrade too, and if you have children who will be traveling the stairs you want them safe. Make sure the staircase is in a safe and convenient location and like the rest of the project make sure it is up to code.
Get the Right Flooring
Most basements have just a concrete floor which allows you to choose from several flooring options. Despite that fact there are some flooring materials that you should probably stay away from and hardwood is one of them. Even finished basement still have some bit of damp and the floors can be cold, solid wood flooring can warp or you will end up with gaps. Think of how you will be using the room and of course the budget before buying your floor.
Taking the right steps ahead of time can ensure your basement remodel goes smoothly and you have a space your family can enjoy for years.