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Tips for Planning a Basement Renovation Project

3315 101413 gs3315A basement renovation is a common home-improvement project because it not only provides additional living and storage space, but also increases the value of your home. However, homeowners are faced with many valid concerns when planning a basement renovation, including: how long it will take, the total cost, problems to watch out for, likely returns on the investment, and how much of the work they can do on their own, among others. Below are some important tips to keep in mind: 

How you want to use it

Think about your family’s needs in order to get ideas on what is the best way to utilize the space. For instance, you could turn it into a family room, game room, laundry room, guest room, or rental unit with a small kitchen. Think long-term so your design provides room for easy transformation when you need to use the space for something different. 

Create a detailed plan  

A detailed plan will help you to identify how everything will fit together. Think about all of the possibilities, as it is much easier to make adjustments on paper rather than when the walls are in place. Also, make sure that anything you feel is a must have for the space be identified and included in the plan before you begin your project.  

Develop a budget  

When your plan is ready, you need to determine exactly how much money the project will require. You need to make sure that you don’t max out your budget on the design alone, as issues may arise during construction that may also require money.

Check for moisture problems  

It is important that you check for signs of excess moisture in the basement. Inspect foundation walls and the floor, and repair any damage as required before renovations begin. 

Know the code 

Once you have rectified any moisture problems your plan is ready. However, before you begin your project you need to check with your local municipality to determine if any permits are required. This is very important if your project involves new plumbing and electrical work that needs inspection. 

In order to get the best results, you should consider consulting a professional contractor for recommendations and furnishing of construction labor. Let the specialists at Elite Home Remodeling in Columbus, Ohio assist you with planning your basement renovation. 


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