6 Tips for a Stress-free Basement Remodel

You were excited when you decided to finish your basement! Designing a space ideal for your lifestyle while adding livable square footage to your home seems like a winning combination.

And then you remembered the mess.

And the construction dust.

And the hassle.

And the inconvenience.

Yikes! Is it even worth it?

No worries—we’ve got you covered. Begin your remodel project with realistic expectations to set the stage for success.

1. Set a Realistic Budget

Spending large amounts of money in a relatively short span of time can trigger feelings of agitation and worry, under the best of circumstances (the “best circumstance” meaning that you have financing and a budget in place prior to the start of your project). Imagine how much more stressful your situation will be if you start the project without a prudent budget in place! Remember to include room in your budget for not only obvious line items like labor and materials, but also important job details like dumpsters, port-a-lets, and permits. Adding a contingency line to the budget—even a small amount—provides a cushion for unexpected and sometimes inevitable expenses. Think of your budget as the guard rails on a winding mountain road that help to keep you safe.

2. Focus on Organization

Prepare for your basement renovation by clearing out the space to be finished. Take advantage of this time to sort through the stacks of bins, furniture, holiday décor—or whatever else has accumulated in the space—and keep only what you need. Remember, everything has to be moved—yes, even that treadmill in the corner that weighs a ton. Contractors will need space not only to work, but to bring materials and tools into the basement.

3. Be Flexible

Your contractor should provide you with a job schedule at the beginning of the project. Be prepared to be flexible, however, as factors such as supply chain and delivery, weather, and other unforeseen events can cause delays. Do you part to keep the project on track by making timely selections when required, and making sure that contractors have access to your home during work hours.

4. Obtain Necessary Permits

Before doing any type of demolition work, always check local laws and building codes so you know what kind of permits are necessary in order to conduct any changes with legal compliance. Check with your contractor to confirm whether or not you are responsible for obtaining the permit, or if they will pull it. Building permits for a basement finish in the Denver metro area range in cost anywhere from $500 – $2,500, depending upon the size of the project and the municipality in which the home is located. Don’t be tempted to forego the permitting process yourself, and don’t trust a contractor who says they will finish your basement without a permit, as doing so will come back to bite you when you go to sell your home.

5. Hire Qualified Professionals

When it comes to remodeling your basement, it is important to hire qualified, experienced professionals who can help you get the job done right. Licensed contractors have the necessary experience and expertise to ensure that your basement remodel is completed safely and correctly. Hiring licensed contractors also provides peace of mind knowing that all work will be performed according to local building codes and regulations.

6. Know When To Take A Break

Home renovations should never push anyone past their limits—mental health always precedes physical health! When the noise, dust, and chaos becomes too overwhelming, take a break—go for a drive or a walk—just breathe. Living in your home in the midst of a basement finish will certainly cause some degree of disruption to your normal routines, but knowing that it’s only for a short time will help you make it to the finish line with sanity intact.

A stress-free basement remodel is possible with the right preparation and planning. Establishing a realistic budget, organizing, being flexible with your time, gathering necessary permits, hiring qualified professionals, and taking breaks when needed are all key components to ensuring your project goes as smoothly as possible. With these tips in mind, you can rest assured that your basement remodel will be successful and enjoyable.

Sheffield Homes Finished Basements & More has been transforming basements into beautiful living spaces for residents in the Denver metro area and in northern Colorado for nearly 50 years. You can trust our experience, integrity, and expertise when it comes to finishing your basement. Call today for a no-obligation in-home estimate: 303-420-0056.


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