Things to Do Before Finishing Your Basement


Your basement is a space with lots of possibilities. It can be transformed into any imaginable setting – laundry room, family room, extra bedroom, gym, home office etc.

A finished basement is a great addition to any home. It provides that extra bit of living space and enhances the value of your home. But there are a few important things you should think about first. Be sure to read these tips before you get started on your project.

Dry it up

Eliminating water problems is expensive and time consuming, but you have to address this issue first before you start any remodeling. Moisture can impact floors and basement walls, causing dampness. The last thing you want is a moldy basement after spending thousands of dollars. Do not start the project until you’re sure that your basement is dry and protected.

Know the code

As with any other home improvement projects, basement remodeling will require a permit. Check first with your local municipality about building codes before you begin. It is also best to find out what their process entails and how long it would take to secure a permit. Since plumbing and electrical work is expected, you must learn about licensing and permit request.

Have an escape route

Where possible, plan for doors and windows. The windows in a finished basement should be close enough to the ground to reach and big enough to climb out of. These windows do not only provide an easy-access escape routes in case of emergency, they also let in loads of light.

Test for Radon

Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that can pose a threat to your family’s health. In fact, it is attributed to more than 20,000 lung cancer cases in the United States every year.

While radon is often found in above-ground living areas, it can enter your home through gaps and cracks in walls and floors. We recommend that you run a radon test if you are planning to finish your basement.



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