Ask A Lot Of Questions Before Starting Your Basement Remodeling Project!
So you have decided to take the plunge and tackle that basement remodeling project that has been on your list of desired home improvements for a while. Now comes the tricky part, actually doing the project! There are a lot of factors to consider before, during and after a basement remodeling or basement finishing project. How do I keep out moisture? what am I going to use the space for? Do I need to leave some of the room unfinished for storage? All great questions, but how do you know that you have asked all the right questions for YOUR project? Below we have a few things to consider before starting your project.
Check For Mold & Moisture
Moisture and Water are two big issues that typically exist in a basement. Often times these moisture issues become mold issues. One of the big things to do before you even begin your project is make sure to have a licensed professional check your basement for mold and moisture issues. If they do exist you will want to perform mold remediation before you take your first hammer swing.
Check The Local Codes & Speak With A Professional Basement Remodeling Contractor
Remodeling your home often requires certain permits and electrical wiring has to be done to code. Speaking with a licensed professional with experience in your local area is a smart move. A professional basement remodeling contractor will know how to file for the correct permits, make sure your electrical is up to code and you will likely end up with a higher quality finished product.
Hire A Professional Basement Contractor
I know I brought this up in the last step but I am going to say it again, hire a professional! If you are a handy homeowner, that is great, but there are a lot of little things that anyone not in the business would probably overlook. Things like raising the floors slightly off of the concrete so they are not so cold or putting furring on the walls to prevent condensation from the outside walls from getting to your drywall, these are important details that can really make a big difference in the enjoyment and longevity of your new basement.
Do Your Homework
If you are going for the ultimate man cave, a great media room or a wet bar and billiards room, write that down at the beginning of the project. Look around the web at examples of finished basements and see what you like, and what you don’t. Look into different styles and make sure that you don’t build a basement that does not mesh with the style of the rest of your home.
There are a lot of things to consider when taking on a basement remodeling project but it does not have to be overwhelming. Hiring the right contractor will save a lot of frustration and heartache along the way. At ASJ we have been providing quality basement remodeling and basement finishing services to Hanover, York, Gettysburg, Harrisburg & Lancaster Pennsylvania for more than 23 years. If you are looking into finishing your basement or updating you basement with a remodel, give us a call. We will help you iron out the details and put together the basement of your dreams!