Basements are blank canvases to many ambitious homeowners. It can be a game room, an entertainment space, or even a separate living area to rent out. Investing in your basement will increase the value of your home substantially. Let’s go over some tips and tricks to make your basement remodel as smooth as possible. 

Tips for Your Basement Remodel

Research building codes 

Before you start your basement remodel, research what your local building codes and homeowners associations allow. Building codes might limit some of your plans. It’s important to know which ones will affect your project before you start it. 

Budget wisely

The cost to finish a basement can come with some unexpected expenses. Before you begin the remodeling process, make a budget. Include contracting services, cost of supplies, furniture, and a little extra for something unexpected. It’s important to remember a nicely finished basement is a worthwhile investment. Choosing quality materials and contractors will save you money in the long run. Don’t be afraid to consult your contractor about price limitations you may have.

Designate a Purpose to Your Basement

Basements can be many things, a gym, a bar, or even a laundry room. If the area is big enough, it can have all three. Prioritize your needs and wants in the present and the future when planning your basement. Make sure your floor plan and budget are large enough to handle it all. 

Understand What You Want

Once you know what you want your basement to be, do research. Find out if the project is within your budget and your basement’s limitations. Most contractors can advise you on what the best options are functionally and aesthetically. Once the plan is in place, it’s time to start the project.

Waterproof if Needed

If your basement has a history of flooding, it’s important to check for leaks, mold, and other water-related problems before you start the project. Neglecting these issues will lead to more headaches down the road. Discuss any water-related issues with your home contractor before you begin your project. 

Consult a Contractor

Unless you’re a professional, there are just some things you won’t be able to do. Hiring a contractor will not only take care of your plumbing and electrical needs but can help you through the entire project. 

Things to Avoid in a Basement Remodel

DIY Electrical or Plumbing Projects

Trying to handle plumbing and electrical work yourself is a sure-fire way to get hurt and cause damage. Most cities have codes preventing those without a license from handling plumbing and electrical projects. Contractors have trained and licensed staff or subcontractors to deal with your electrical and plumbing needs.

Finish the Entire Basement

A small utility area is needed to store HVAC equipment and a water heater. Most codes do not allow you to finish this area. When planning your basement remodel, make sure the utility area is in the basement floor plans. 

Change your Plans:

 Doubts can arise during the remodeling process. You must be sure about what you want once the process starts. It’s difficult to change course once supplies get ordered. If you are unsure about your idea for remodeling your basement, sit on it for a bit before starting your project. 

Skip Radon Tests

Getting a Radon test is crucial to your basement remodel. According to the EPA, Radon is a naturally occurring gas, and the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Radon has many ways of entering your basement and all homes in Iowa have Radon. The EPA recommends mitigation if the levels are higher than 4.0 pCi/L. Get a Radon test done before the basement remodel begins. Having your radon mitigation system installed before your remodel starts will make it easier to hide.    Let us help you with your Ames or Ankeny area Remodel Our team at Cyclone Contracting lives and breathes home remodeling. Give us a call at 515-292-4629 for a consultation.