Thinking of Finishing Your Basement? Here’s How to Get Started.
Every ice cream sundae deserves to be topped with a beautiful red cherry, and every slice of warm peach cobbler with a dollop of freshly-whipped cream. It’s the finishing touches that make all the difference, right? Doesn’t your home deserve to have it’s own cherry-on-top finish? Complete the look of your home by finishing the basement! If you aren’t sure how to get started, or feel overwhelmed by the thought of the process, take heart–we’ve got you covered.
Steps to Ensure a Great Basement Remodel
1. Evaluate your space.
Evaluate potential problems within your basement before spending the money to improve it. For instance, if your basement has a moisture issue, resolve that first before investing in brand-new features and appliances that would inevitably suffer damage because of it.
2. Begin with the end in mind.
Start with a solid plan. Before beginning the remodel, envision how you want the basement to look and feel, and determine its intended purpose. Do you want a guest bedroom and a kitchen? Do you want a big space for entertainment? Having a clear picture in mind will help you during the planning process.
3. Determine a budget.
Establishing your budget ahead of time helps keep the project on track, as choices will be guided by cost parameters. Don’t view a budget as limiting; think of it as permission to spend what you have–just not more than you have. Set realistic expectations, and always set aside a portion of your budget for a contingency fund to cover unforeseen costs that may arise during the course of the project.
How to Choose a Basement Remodeling Contractor
Choosing the right contractor can make or break any home improvement project. Take time to find one that is both reputable and reliable.
1. Consider multiple companies.
Employers almost always interview multiple candidates for a job position before making their selection. Don’t be tempted to go with the first contractor you meet. Instead, set up interviews with at least three companies so you can compare and contrast.
2. Ask for a fixed-price proposal rather than an estimate.
Free estimates change quickly. It is better to request a detailed proposal. You are more likely to receive accurate information.
3. Request company and project details.
Ask the company how long they have been in business, and don’t be afraid to request license verification.
4. Take time to review the company’s past work and customer referrals.
Always do your research. Take a look at customer reviews and recommendations. Ask for pictures of the company’s past work.
5. Ask about their warranty.
It might not seem important now, but if there is a problem later, the warranty is important. Ask what is included, how long it lasts, and what the qualifications are.
6. Hire based on quality not cost.
Everyone loves a good deal, but when it comes to large-scale projects in your home, “cheapest” does not always mean “best.” Make sure the company you choose is licensed and insured, employs trades that are also licensed and insured, pulls proper building permits and follows current building codes, and ensures that the workers coming and going in your home are reliable and trustworthy.
The Final Step!
Now that the groundwork has been laid for a successful basement finish, sit back and let the work begin! You’ll soon be enjoying the new space in your home, and will most definitely take comfort in watching your home appreciate in value.