Have You Considered Finishing that Unfinished Basement?

Most houses have basements but many basements go unfinished for years after a home is built and may never be finished. If you are one of the millions of people who are living above an unfinished basement, now is the time to consider taking care of this important and unfinished business. There are many reasons why it is important to do this and here are some of those reasons:

1) Finishing your basement will give you some extra space in your home. There are many things you can do with this space including installing a second bathroom, building a rec room for children to play in or to have a pool table or other entertainment.
2) Most basements that are left unfinished tend to be cold because they are left in neglect and owner’s tend not to think about how this affects the rest if the house. If you rarely have any dealings with this space, it may often be cold and damp and this can affect the temperature in the rest of the house and drive your heating costs up.

3) Having a completed basement will make your home more marketable if you decide to sell.

4) Basements are cold, damp places as it is and an unfinished one is even more so. This means that harmful mold and mildew could be accumulating on walls and floors and bugs and other critters will find this environment appealing. The dampness could also have a devastating affect on anything you store in your basement such as old photo albums, books or any other valuables.

Basement construction need not cost you a lot of time and money. Lay out a plan first to decide what it is you want done with it and than do a lot of research into how to go about it. You can take on the task yourself or hire someone else to do it. There are many companies that specialize in basement foundation construction and all of them have different rates. Do a search on the internet and talk to others who have undertaken similar projects. Set a budget and work with it by knowing what things will drive up the cost and which things will save you money.

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