What to Consider Prior to a Basement Remodeling Project
While you may consider your basement to be primarily for storage when there’s no room in the rest of the house, there are many ways you can make the basement another extension of the home.
However, there are some things to consider prior to beginning a basement remodel. Here are some of those aspects that you need to cover beforehand.
One of the first steps to consider is resolving moisture issues.
If the basement is wet, try to determine the source of the moisture. It could be as simple as cleaning the gutters, but it could also indicate a larger problem that requires the help of a professional.
Once the basement is sufficiently dry, remove all mold from the walls, cabinets, and other surfaces.
Look at the Foundation
If basement walls are cracked or bowed, a contractor can help with repairs and generate a solid shell for finishing.
Radon is one of the many hazards that can affect the home. Radon is an odorless carcinogenic gas that you can test for using a radon-testing kit, which is available at home improvement stores and other locations.
If you detect unsafe levels, you can contact a radon mitigation expert to help eliminate this gas.
Get Rid of Any Asbestos
Asbestos is another harmful substance that could still be in older homes. Specifically, homes built before 1980 are likely to have asbestos in ceiling tiles or insulation near ducts, boilers, furnaces, or pipes.
You can contact your health department or the EPA to find a list of professionals who can remove asbestos for you using the proper gear and equipment.
While you may have stairs to the basement, you should make sure they descend into a public spot instead of a bathroom or bedroom, which could be potentially embarrassing and awkward.
Install Good Insulation
Provided you’ve removed all asbestos already, it’s time to install some contemporary insulation in its place.
Prior to putting up any finishing materials, you need to insulate both the interior and exterior walls along with the ceiling to keep the basement comfortable while also eliminating the transfer of noise from room to room. Insulation on exterior walls can also help you save energy on heating and cooling.
Make Sure the Basement is Properly Lit
Dim lighting is another potential problem that many basements may have. You can resolve this by following basic lighting guidelines for living spaces, installing ambient, accent, and task lighting to keep the basement comfortable and inviting.
Once you have taken all of these steps, you can then begin finishing the basement. While certain basement remodels can be DIY tasks that are engaging for homeowners, many will benefit more with help from professionals who have the experience and know-how to get the job done right.
Working with professionals can also help ensure you get the project done on time, so you can enjoy your new basement as soon as possible.