An unfinished basement is a blank canvas for any ambitious homeowner. By finishing a basement space, you can add an enormous amount of resale value to your home while also making better use of your home's square footage and living space. Before you embark on a basement finishing project, however, there are some things you need to know that can save you money and headaches down the road.
DO Leave Space for Storage and Utilities
First of all, don't get too ambitious with your basement finishing project. You don't need to (and actually shouldn't) plan to finish the entire space, as you'll want to leave some unfinished room not only for storage, but for a utility room as well. Not to mention, this will save you some money on your remodeling costs as well. Focus on finishing a large portion of your basement but leaving plenty of space for storage, HVAC, and laundry facilities as needed.
DO Make Adequate Lighting a Priority
Oftentimes, unfinished basement spaces are quite dark and dreary because they don't let in a lot of natural light. If you fail to address this during your remodel, then you're going to end up with a space that doesn't feel truly finished. Consider adding more natural light to the space by remodeling with larger windows or even a large access door/fire escape to the outside. A cheaper alternative would be to install plenty of different types of lighting throughout the space, from soft mood lighting to task lighting.
DON'T Overlook Local Building Codes
If you're thinking about taking on your basement finishing work as a DIY project, make sure that you're familiar with local building codes and that you seek any necessary permits before you begin your work. The last thing you want is to end up with a finished space that's not to-code. If you choose to hire a contractor, like SRK General Construction LLC, to finish your basement, make sure that they will take care of obtaining any necessary building permits as part of the agreement.
DON'T Start Without Managing Moisture Problems
Finally, don't make the mistake of ignoring potential moisture problems or assuming that you can simply cover them up during your basement finishing project. After all, moisture problems such as mold, mildew, or even flooding aren't going to go away on their own. Don't waste your money and time on a remodeling project, only to face expensive mold and moisture remediation costs down the road.