If your house has a basement that you don’t really use, or that simply needs a little care and attention, then investing in a basement renovation could be considered to be a terrific idea. You may give your family some extra space, add value to your home or just solve the many problems that a badly maintained basement can bring.
Here are a few tips that will help to ensure a smooth basement renovation:
The first thing to look for when assessing a basement renovation is any problematic areas. Cracks, damage, and damp patches all need to be attended to first. Once you have worked out how much it will cost to fix any issues you may find, you can then move on to work out your budget for the entire renovation process.
Don’t DIY it
You may be tempted to roll up your sleeves and attempt your basement renovation yourself, but that’s seldom a good idea. You really need building knowledge and the right tools – you are not simply putting up a few shelves after all. Get a professional in to discuss what you want to happen, and the budget you have available. Once everything is agreed, get it all down on paper and get both parties to sign a contract.
Don’t Make Your Basement into Just Another Basement
You probably have a lot of space in your basement – space that may be currently used simply for storage. You can really add value and functionality to your home by renovating your basement, but not just to turn it into another basement.
With a bit of imagination, it can turn into a guest bedroom, an entertainment room, a home cinema or simply a man cave!
Think About Storage, Insulation And Lighting
Basements tend to only have tiny windows or no windows at all. Make sure you add sufficient lighting to your basement or else you’ll just create a dingy, unwelcoming room. Basements can also become colder than most other rooms in your house, so make sure the walls are properly insulated.
Finally, if your basement is currently full of junk make sure you have somewhere to put that junk, and that your renovated basement has sufficient storage areas.
If you are considering a basement renovation and would like to speak to someone about it, then please call us at Rebuilding Michigan. Contact us any time at (800) 786-0100 or use the online contact form that’s available on our website.