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"I want someone to do a basement finishing"

Want to take advantage of the space by turning it into an office, workout room and play space.

wanted by: wendylu (22) in Missouri City, MO 64072 +
updated on: Oct. 9, 2012, 10:56 p.m. (5 years ago)
posted on: Jan. 26, 2011, 6:17 p.m. (6 years, 9 months ago)
tags: basement home improvement interior radon detector
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My Basement Remodeling Advice

Having gone through my own basement remodel I can offer a few experience-based tips. First, and obviously the most important unless you plan to do-it-yourself, spend the time upfront making sure that you have the right person or contractor doing the work.

Ask your friends and family if they have used and contractors that they liked. See if they completed the job on the schedule and cost that they estimated. Check that they were respectful of your household and family and that they did a quality job.

The more contractors you talk to initially, the better project cost you will get because you will have much more negotiating power if you have three or four contractors bidding for your job. For my basement renovation, we actually had four contractors give us a cost estimate. I would have been happy to use any of the four, which made negotiating price and timing that much easier.

Second, the water tightness of your basement will determine how you finish it. If you have ever had water, you may need to install a French drain, sump pump or deal with a basement waterproofing professional before starting on the remodel. For our job, we used a mold resistant carpet pad in case any water managed to get in.

Finally, if you haven't done it recently, make sure and check that the radon levels in your basement are safe. Below 2.7 pCi/L is pretty good, above 4 and you'd have to remedy it on sale of you house. We actually bought a radon gas detector that we keep plugging in at all times.

A summary of my advice:
  1. Spend a lot of time finding the right contractor

  2. Deal with any basement water issues before starting

  3. Check your radon gas levels and plan ventilation if they are high


comment Great tip on the radon gas detector! You got me all paranoid so I just ordered one! Thanks for your reply, btw! (: - wendylu 6 years, 8 months ago
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What does it Cost to Refinish a Basement?

How much does it cost?

According to Hanley Wood, the average basement remodeling costs between $52,000 and $75,000 for a 20 foot by 30 foot room remodel with finished and painted walls, a full bathroom, wiring, insulation and trim.

In a new home, expect to pay between $20 and $35 per square foot.

In many locations, you will need to obtain a building permit to complete your basement remodel. As local regulations vary widely from state-to-state and even town-to-town within a state, talk with a local basement remodeling professional to determine what permits you will need.

Basement Refinishing Considerations

When refinishing your basement, you will have to consider how you will keep it dry, what building codes you will need to comply with, how you will light and heat the space, and how you will ventilate and access the finished basement.

Most importantly, if you basement has ever flooded you will need to take care of that problem before starting your basement remodel. Plan on repairing all cracks in the foundation walls and basement floors, check that all of you home's gutters are cleaned and positioned correctly to divert runoff away from the basement and that the ground around the basement slopes away from the house to direct the flow of water away from the home.

If you have any history of water in the basement, consider installing a sump pump, french drain or other drainage system to insure that your finished basement is not ruined in a basement flood.

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