By Brenda. Basement. Published at Monday, February 12th, 2018 - 13:16:32 PM.
If your home has space in the underground that is left unfinished during construction, you would have probably used that space as a dumping area to stuff various items. However, what many people do not realize is that their unfinished basement can be converted into an attractive living space with some effort. If you have not considered finishing your basement, you should do so to enjoy the extra space you have been wasting all these years. Basement remodeling significantly increases the resale value of your home, because anyone will want a professionally finished basement. Remodeling the basement is not an easy task, because you have to first come up with an idea of what you want to do with your basement. The walls and floors will be already in place, but after years of usage without any maintenance, moulds and mildew might have formed. Repairing the walls, ceiling and floor are often one of the major tasks involved in basement remodeling. A new foundation need not be laid for remodeling the basement and hence, you can start working on other aspects of the project.
Water Damage What are the signs of water damage Sometimes the damage is very noticeable. For example, when there are water stains on the walls, this could be from previous water damage, whether or not you were living in the home when it happened. In addition, if you find cracks on your walls or buckling walls your future is likely to include water damage. How does your basement smell If youve noticed a musty smell or some guests have commented on a particular smell, it could be from mold growing in your basement. Perhaps youve never seen mold in your basement-- doesnt mean its not there! The Infamy of Mold Moldy isnt the best word to use to describe your basement, or any of your homes for that matter. Unfortunately, mold is also very sneaky and a lot of time passes before many homeowners notice the mold in their basements.
Before selling the home If youre looking to sell your home, a wet basement can be a deal breaker. Home buyers are not looking to purchase someone elses problem, and if they find out that the basement floods, they will often back out of the deal. Home inspectors are trained to find the signs of wet basements, and they will make finding these signs a top priority. In fact, 10% of the homes market value is lost with a wet basement. And because buyers will be reluctant to buy the home even at a discount, it will take much longer to sell it. In the end, fixing the basement properly with a sump pump and perimeter waterproofing system is a fast process- with a quality basement waterproofing contractor completing the job in 1-3 days- and it restores a great deal of value to your home.
The Monster in the Basement Picture this: Your upstairs floor leaks whenever it rains. Water is dripping in and pooling on the floor. Even when its not raining, it always seems to be damp, humid, and musty up there. Everything you store there grows mold, and if youve laid wood floor and carpet, its growing moldy, rotting, and the wood is buckling. The windows are rusting and jammed, with spider webs growing in them, and the floor is cold and clammy underfoot. The ceiling is sagging and moldy. Simply put: your upstairs is ugly, uncomfortable and unhealthy. You avoid it whenever you can. Under any circumstances, is this acceptable Of course not! Then why would you let these conditions develop DOWNstairs You shouldnt. Its unacceptable. A basement represents an entire floors worth of space- a gigantic percentage of the potential living space in your home. To allow it to go unused is to deny the full potential of your home. And given the current housing market, this is a fantastic time to think about taking full advantage of every bit of space available in your home.
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