One of the most popular home improvement projects is remodeling the basement, and it’s easy to understand why. After all, just about everyone could use some extra living space, and a basement remodeling project is a great way to get that additional room. Here at Installations Unlimited, we have worked on countless basement remodeling efforts in our 43 years in this industry, so you can count on us to get the job done right. In this article, we’ll go over three things you should consider before you start your remodel in order to make the process go as smoothly as possible.
- Because they are underground, basements are exposed to the moisture in the soil, which can lead to problems unless you take preventative steps ahead of time. Before starting your basement remodeling project, we encourage you to decide exactly how you will protect your basement from these issues–will you take steps to waterproof the area, or should you consider installing a sump pump? Our team can offer advice on which waterproofing options are best for you so that you can achieve the best possible results.
- Extent of Remodel. Another thing you should decide before you begin your basement remodel is how much you want to accomplish. For some, basement remodeling or finishing includes simply adding some lighting and electrical outlets, but for others it includes installing flooring, walls, ceilings, and even furnishing the space with a full bar or home theater. Knowing what you want to do with your project before you start is an essential step for staying within your budget, so we encourage you to spend some time thinking it over.
- Lastly, we encourage you to consider whether you want to have direct access to your basement from outside. The answer will significantly affect your basement remodel, as installing an outside door often requires some serious work from your contractors and their crew. It’s best to make a decision on this matter before you start so that our team can streamline the process and get the job done as efficiently as possible.