November 19 2012

Your Unfinished Basement

Altering your basement.

If you have been thinking about trying to turn your basement into a beautiful, fun and usable living area for your home or you just want to turn it into anything but a damp, spider-infested cavern in the bottom of your house then you should continue reading!

Getting motivated for a basement renovation.

unfinished basementIt is often hard to get motivated to start difficult projects in your home and even harder to finish them for most of us! Restoring or renovating your basement would fall into this category of home improvement for many, but it doesn’t have to be a difficult or arduous project. In fact, it can be quite fun and the benefits may surprise you. The biggest benefit of having a finished basement is that it can in fact increase the value of your home. If you have a professional do the work you may not see the value increase to the exact dollar that you spent on it, but if you can manage to do the job yourself and make it just as beautiful as the rest of your home it will be well worth the time and effort. You could essentially double the square footage of your home with a fully finished basement added to the living space of your home. Imagine owning a home with 1500 square feet in the main level and then suddenly adding an additional 1000 more in the basement! If you do a good job with the renovating or restoration, you could significantly increase the value of your home.

Some great tips for renovating your basement.

Some great ideas for the restoration of your basement is to first check for any signs of leaks, mold or drafts and take care of them immediately. You do not want to put up framing or any other types of new surfaces unless you know that the entire area is free of potential problems. It is best to have detailed plans about what you plan to do to your basement. It is often a great idea to turn it into a “man-cave” or a play room for your children. Your basement can be so much more than a dark storage area so remember that when you are planning. One great tip that we have is to make sure that your basement is uniform to the rest of your home. Making it more beautiful than the main part of your home with entirely different trims and such may make potential buyers want to alter the rest of the home and that may mean them spending more money than they want. Also making your basement less attractive than the main floor of your home may get a negative response like the potential buyer may wish to tear out the basement to make it more uniform to the rest of the home. Another important tip that we hear from many realtors is to make sure that if possible, you have a bathroom in your new basement. These are just a few tips and ideas about improving your home and its value. Even if you are not interested in selling your home, it is a great idea to have a beautiful living space added for you and your family. You can find out more about redecorating your basement on our website.