Benefits of a Finished Basement

Benefits of a Finished BasementThe basement is often forgotten when it comes to home renovations. While most people immediately think of kitchens and bathrooms when it comes to remodeling the truth is that remodeling your basement can significantly add to the value of your home.

The Benefits of a Finished Basement Basements are naturally insulated by the ground that surrounds them, helping them to stay cool in summer and warmer in the winter months. You will probably need to install a basement heating system, however, if you live in a particularly cold climate. Basements are a great way to expand the overall living space of your home, including guest bedrooms, home offices, and even master suites. Basements also provide an excellent location for those activities that might disturb the rest of the house and thus make great play rooms, exercise rooms, or home theatres. Basements are also a private place to install a home sauna and spa.

Hiring a Contractor for Your Basement Make sure you are hiring a qualified contractor to finish your basement. It is best to work with companies that are both licensed and insured. You will want to determine how many years they have been in operation and be sure they are willing to handle everything, including obtaining a building permit. Before they begin work make sure you have an estimate in writing and an agreement as to a work schedule. It is a good idea to ask for and contact recent references of the company.

Common Issues Regarding Finished Basements Moisture is one of the major problems faced in any basement. Make sure that your contractor addresses any moisture issues prior to beginning work on your basement. Excess moisture in your basement can lead to mold, mildew, and humid air so you will not want to spend time in your newly renovated space. To prevent moisture any wall cracks need to be sealed and pipes and ducts should be insulated to reduce condensation. Your basement should be waterproofed and have proper ventilation before remodeling is done.

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