Renovating Your Basement? Try These Tips Before You Upgrade

Basement renovations are part of the home dream. Everyone wants a finished basement, a place for recreation and family time. Some finished basements are simple, while others can be extreme–include a second kitchen, a large home entertainment system, built-in shelving units, and more. A lot goes into the renovating process for a basement, from safety features to cosmetic features. Whether you choose to contract out the renovations or take them on yourself, there’s a few tips that could help you down the road when renovating your basement.

Inspect and Repair Before You Start
Before starting on any part of the upgrading, get an inspector out to your home to examine any needs or fixes right away. The worst that can come from renovating is lack of preparation. Many home owners will begin the renovation process without inspection and later find issues down the road–which results in more dollar signs.


Install a second sump pump or waterproof your basement to avoid this happening to your finished basement.

In this case, your important places to start would be testing for moisture, inspect damage to any floor joists and header joists, and check your ventilation system to make sure there’s no carbon monoxide buildup. Additionally, you will need to probably double up on sump pumps. Water damage is one thing, but water damage in a brand new, upgraded space is another. Along with your main sump pump in a utility room, it’s a good idea to have a battery back up in case the first fails, such as due to a power outage. Your sump pump is the small device in your basement that pumps water out if there’s excess rainfall.

Water proofing your basement will prevent any potential water damange in the future. In most cases, this would be the best alternative, as it guaraneesĀ a dry, safe, worry-free finished basement. StayDry Waterproofing provides some of the best waterproofing methods for basements and crawl spaces.

Choose Your Materials First
Before you start demolishing walls and peeling off wall paper, make a game plan. Choose all the necessary materials first, and make sure you know how much you’ll need so you don’t overspend. Choose your carpet, hardwood, tile, and paint all prior to beginnin the renovation process. This make it go a lot smoother and you won’t have to make last-minute decisions later.

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