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Maintenance  /  December 29, 2014

Why You Should Renovate Your Basement

A basement is a wonderful space that can be used for a variety of purposes. If you are fortunate enough to have a home with a basement you know how nice that extra space can be.

A basement is a wonderful space that can be used for a variety of purposes.  If you are fortunate enough to have a home with a basement you know how nice that extra space can be.  But, if your basement is unfinished it is truly a missed opportunity.  There are numerous reasons why it is a great idea to renovate your basement.

The first reason that you should renovate your basement is that the structure is already there.  If you were to add an addition to your home to get some extra square footage you would have to lay slab, build walls and extend the roof line.  All of this very time consuming and expensive.  With a basement the structural footprint is already in place for you so it is a very cost-effective investment in your home.  In addition to the inexpensive investment, a finished basement can be used for a wide variety of purposes.  A finished basement could be an office, a playroom, a family room, a gym, a den, a bedroom, a guest room and even a source of income if you rent out the space.

In addition to an inexpensive way to add more room to your home, a finished basement  adds significant value to your home.  Often, a home’s usable square footage is calculated based on finished spaces so by completely finishing your basement you actually increase the square footage of your home.  This adds value to your home and, should you decide to sell it at some point, increases its desirability.  In a competitive market, setting yourself apart from other nearby homes may help you make the sale sooner and for more money.  Whether you need a quiet workspace away from the rest of the home or you want a place to send the kids when they want to hang out and make noise, a finished basement is the ideal space to do so.   Lastly, when you finish a basement you take the steps to create an ideal foundation for your home that is resistant to moisture.  Often, unfinished basements that are rarely visited are prone to moisture damage and mold but by finishing your basement completely and making it a usable space you will keep you help your home be its best and as safe as possible.

Finishing your basement is an investment in your home.  While it will cost money up front, it will likely be one of the cheapest ways, per square foot, to add value to your home.  The investment is sure to pay off in usable square feet and added value.  To finish your basement it is best to hire a qualified handyman to ensure that everything is structurally sound and that all electricity and plumbing needs are handled correctly.  With the help of a handyman you can have the perfect basement you have been dreaming of.

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