Basement renovations have become one of the top renovations in Canada.
Games room, spare bedroom, ‘Her’ bathroom, these are just a few rooms that make renovating your basement well worth the investment. Finishing your basement adds dollar value to your home, increasing your usable space without the expense of changing the footprint of your home.
Most unfinished basements can be damp and cold causing mold to grow. A finished basement helps protect you from problems like toxic mold, leaking and moisture issues. A moisture free basement means a mold free life.
Health and safety are always top priority, but finishing your basement can also be fun and exciting. Adding more living space to your home means you have room to grow or more storage to shop!
A basement design can include many rooms or one big open space for entertaining. Your design needs to accommodate your lifestyle. A basement renovation needs a well thought out design, thinking about things like how to utilize every inch of space, functionality and creativity of space.
Man-Cave to a playroom under the stairs, you will find people are renovating their basements for many reasons.
DIY or HIRE A PROFESSIONAL?
When renovating your basement here are some questions you should think about before trying to do a DIY renovation:
- Will your insurance cover your work should something happen?
- Do you know code?
- Can you find the cracks, is their leaks or places where moisture is getting in?
- Do you have the required time and skill to do the project?
- Does your project include plumbing or electrical?
A professional renovator takes on the responsibility for the project, from design to build to safety and insurance. You have to consider the cost of material, equipment and labor when deciding whether to use a contractor or doing it yourself. Sometimes homeowners get in over their heads when starting a renovation project on their own, which in the end can sometimes leave them with a hefty repair bill, costing them more than the original project quote.