Renovating Your Basement for Livability
Renovating a full-height basement can be a relatively easy and cost-effective way to add new living space to your house. But is your basement really a good candidate for a renovation?
If your basement isn’t high, dry and sound, you should correct these problems before starting renovations.
If you are planning a basement renovation, you should inspect your basement for possible problems.
- Must you stoop to avoid bumping your head on a beam or duct?
- Are there intermittent or permanent traces of moisture or mold on the floor or walls?
- Is there a persistent musty odour in clothing and other objects that are stored in your basement?
- Are there cracks as wide as a pencil, or that appear to widen or shrink, in the walls or floor?
If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” you should include the costs of fixing these problems in your budget.
Renovating a basement is one of the most effective way to add livable space in a home. However, it’s may also be one of the most troublesome project that a homeowner can undertake.
Prepare the ground work talk to contractors get ideas prices and most important of all make sure your construction meets building codes. Remember it’s for your protection you as an owner are responsible (not the contractor) and you could be liable even after you sell your home.