A basement remodeling project is an extensive ordeal that often involves redoing the entire basement. The project will be especially dependent on weather conditions as well as what is going on in the house above. Most of all, one small error when you are carrying out the project can make for a costly disaster.
That being said, you have to make sure you have everything lined up before going through with your basement remodel. The following are some things that people often forget to check on before they start a remodeling project.
1. Check for Water Damage
Among all the problems that could occur in a basement, this is probably the worst. Luckily, during basement remodeling, you will be able to pull up many parts of the basement’s original architecture. That means you will be able to get a peek into areas that normally go unobserved.
You should look for any signs of water damage. That means you need to see if there is any mold growth, stains, or eroded areas in the walls and ceilings that indicate a sure sign that water is filtering down from above.
2. Ensure That You Are in Line with City Codes
It might seem a bit strange, especially if you already have a basement, but some remodeling work can be subject to city code. The basement is a particularly sensitive area due to the fact that it is so prone to water damage and mold growth, which can cause health issues.
You should also check with your home owner’s association to see if you have to get approval for basement remodeling. Sometimes, you could be subject to a fine if they discover you have done work on your house. While you may try to keep the projects under wraps, it will be hard to hide a full construction area under your house.
3. Consider Insulation and Moisture Control
Working in the basement can be a difficult task in general because it is such a vulnerable area for water damage and other issues. However, there are many different methods to avoid the potential for water damage. All of these methods can be used in conjunction to ensure proper control both inside and outside the basement.
In addition, if your remodeling project will be turning the space into a room that will be used regularly, you should absolutely install insulation. The insulation is important for saving energy during winter and summer when you will have the AC or heater running. You should also try replacing any windows with double-paned windows for extra insulation.
A basement remodeling project will take time, effort, and lots of preparation in advance. If you are ever in doubt in a certain part of the project, you can consider finding contractors to help you out with some much-needed expertise. Once your project is complete, you will be able to enjoy a fully functional space that can be used for whatever you may desire.