If you’re looking to add usable space to your home, a finished basement may be the best course of action. You can add a living space, bathroom, bedroom, or all of the above in your basement. However, there are a few things you must do before laying down carpet and putting up drywall.
1. Fix the Foundation
If your foundation isn’t in tip-top shape, you may wish to repair it before any other work can begin in your basement. After all, your renovation will need to pass inspection when all is said and done. It’s easier to fix foundation problems while the basement is unfinished than after you have your dream space. Make sure your foundation will pass inspection before you do anything else.
2. Dump the Sump Pump
The last thing your finished basement needs is a smelly sump pump that tends to overflow. After all, you wouldn’t want one of these devices in your upstairs bedrooms or living rooms. As such, you need to hire a professional to install other types of plumbing in your basement. A great contractor can make the plumbing work for your new rooms.
3. No More Mold
Unfinished basements are prime growing spots for mold of all kinds. These areas tend to be damp and often go ignored, which is precisely what mold wants. Before you begin construction on your basement, you should be sure no mold is hanging around.
Doing so may require more than just a quick look around your basement. It’s better to hire a professional who can thoroughly inspect your home. If there is any mold, be sure to get rid of it before you build.
Before you start thinking of all the décor you will put in your new space, make sure your foundation, plumbing, and mold situations are up to the task. Once you and your builder have taken care of these three basics, the fun part of building a finished basement can begin.