With the number of remodeling contractors offering their services in the market these days, it pays a lot to be wise and cautious when it comes to choosing the right one to work with. If you are planning to have a home improvement project for your basement, it does not end in hiring a contractor which you think can help you in making the proper enhancement for your home. In order for you to end up with the best professionals to work on your home project, take into good consideration the following factors before hiring one.
In many cases, a below-slab perimeter drain leading to a sump pit with at least two pumps (primary and backup) is the answer. The sump pit should be installed in the lowest part of the room perimeter and set-up to discharge water outside in the most efficient manner. Many finished basements build a closet around the sump pit. Regardless of how you conceal it, be sure to allow for easy access.
Well researched article, I believe the numbers are true for the homeowner that has to hire a contractor to do the work but not for a home owner with a little time and a little do-it-yourself skill. Like you said the walls are already there. Owens corning puts out a great basement refinishing product that is easy to install if you can handle a tape measure and skill saw. Most wet basements can be cured by installing a sump pump ans sealing the walls with a product that goes on like paint, both available at Lowes or home depot for under 500.00.
Finishing our basement wasn’t something I thought we would ever do. With the exception of all of out fitness equipment, it remained a big empty space. As our son has grown older, we have started to feel that creating a fun area, might be a good thing for us and so, we started thinking about adding on a theater area, gym area and rec area…..what better place than the unused basement!
Duncan – Happy Friday to you my friend. Let’s see… so let’s say 1000 sq. ft. of finished basement, you’ve already got framing and electrical (sounds like), you just need demo and new drywall. Maybe flooring? Let’s say you and your homies demo it (beer and pizza). Then you hire out the drywall – (2,500 rough est.) Paint it yourself – maybe 300. Flooring 3k. So maybe 5k-7k. That’s a very rough back of the my hand estimate. You’re saving a lot of time and money by not having to do framing and electrical.