Finishing or Remodeling Your Basement? Read These Tips!

finished basement bar ideasDoes your home have an outdated or unfinished basement? Why not transform the space into a warm, inviting space for family and friends?

Many people embark on home improvement projects with an objective of increasing home value. While most experts agree that is true for well-done kitchen and bath remodels, a basement renovation is not usually high on the list.

However, a basement remodel comes with many benefits – increased home value, a larger feel to your home, and of course, a great new space to entertain!

If you’re ready to remodel or finish your basement, follow these tips for an outcome you won’t regret.

1. Do Your Research

Before you get started, gather ideas of things you might like to incorporate into your basement remodeling project. Find great ideas from home improvement magazines, websites, and social media platforms. We recommend checking out our pages on Pinterest and Houzz.

In addition, consider how others remodeled their basements. When visiting the homes of friends, relatives and neighbors, don’t be afraid to ask questions about their basement upgrade project.

People love talking about their accomplishments and could provide you with a wealth of information about what kind of products and materials to use as well as those to avoid. Ask questions about what went well and what was a little more difficult to complete. Find out what they might have done differently if they had a second chance. This kind of information can really help you choose the basement improvements you want to make.modern finished basement

2. Set a Budget

Next, decide how much money you are willing to spend in transforming your basement. After you’ve done your initial research and found ideas, talk to a home remodeling specialist to get an idea of costs in order to set your budget.

Schedule an in-home consultation or visit a home remodeling showroom to price out your options. If you’re visiting a showroom, have a general idea of the size of your space to ensure you budget for an appropriate amount of flooring, tiles and/or light fixtures. Stay within your budget, even setting aside a contingency fund for emergencies, to ensure the basement remodel does not strain your household budget.

3. Know Your Limitations

Be realistic about the time and skills required to complete the project. While, instructions for basic wiring, plumbing and other projects are easy enough to find, know your limitations and don’t take on an unrealistic DIY project. Further, many wiring and plumbing projects must be completed by a licensed professional in order to pass code.

Consider the end quality and safety that comes along with DIY remodeling. If you’re looking for a great finished product that will add to the value of your home, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. You’ll thank yourself in the end!

4. Plan a Timeline that Works for You

Nothing creates stress quite like a remodeling project getting in the way of your life. While many home renovations can be completed on a quick turnaround, it’s important to plan your project at a time that works with your schedule and deadlines.

If you have an upcoming party, guests in town, new baby, wedding, or other big event, be sure to share that information with your home remodeling specialist so they can make recommendations for a realistic timeline.
For the most stress-free basement renovation, pick a start date that allows plenty of time to complete the project. Finally, rest assured knowing a basement remodel is far less disruptive than a main living space remodel such as a kitchen or bathroom.

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To Recap:

1. Do your research.
2. Set a budget.
3. Know your limitations.
4. Plan a timeline that works for you.

Sound planning and realistic expectations ensure you achieve the desired result for your basement remodeling project. Follow these tips and you’re sure to have a basement you’ll love for years to come.

What are you waiting for? Start planning your basement remodeling project!

Check out the home remodeling showroom at Reliable Home Improvement today!

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