5 Things to Consider Before Finishing Your Basement

If you’ve taken on the task of remodeling your basement, then you already know how much of a task that it can be. For this reason, we totally understand why a part of you is probably counting down the moments until it is complete. However, before put down a bit more caulking and paint and call it a day, we wanted to take out a moment to provide you with a list of five things that you should consider before finishing your basement. That way, once you’re done, you can rest easy that your basement is just the way that it needs to be.

Block moisture. The basement is definitely a place that tends to trap in quite a bit of moisture. For this reason, make sure that it is well-insulated, that you have a dehumidifier for it and also that your bathrooms and kitchen have some good ventilation leading to the outside of your house so that their moisture won’t settle into your basement.

Make sure there are some windows. We all have been in basements that had no windows in them and we don’t know about you but to us, they didn’t feel like the most comfortable kind of space to be in. Windows bring in natural light, which means lower energy costs during the daylight hours. For this reason, make sure to have at least one of them in your basement.

Add some handrails. Although no one in your immediate family may need handrails, it’s always a nice idea to structure your home in such a way that it can accommodate any visitors that you may have. Plus, when the building inspector comes to look at your finished project, they will see it as an added bonus. (Another tip that you might want to add to your list is getting some carpeted stair mats; that can help to keep people from slipping as they’re walking down the stairs).

Use some solid flooring. If you always dreamed of having hardwood floors in your basement, while they can be beautiful to look at, they’re not necessarily the wisest flooring choice. That’s because even with the smallest amount of moisture, over time, it can lead to the wood splitting which ultimately means that you will have to get different floors anyway. Smart options would be concrete, laminate, tile, cork or carpet squares.

Test for radon. Say that you’re only doing a bit of basement renovating and you’ve hired a professional to come in and do someĀ basement foundation repair. One of the things that they might ask you is when’s the last time that you had the space tested for radon. It’s an odorless gas that has the tendency to seep into basements through the ground. So, before you are done working on your basement, it is extremely important that you have it tested for radon. Although we recommend that you have a professional do it, there are some at-home radon kits that you can purchase at stores like Target, Sears and Ace Hardware. When it comes to the safety of you and your loved ones, it’s definitely time and money that’s well spent.

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