5 Tips for Renovating Your Basement

5 Tips for Renovating Your Basement
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    Remodeling your basement probably isn't your idea of a fun time, but it's often necessary to making your home more comfortable and maximizing your living space.


If you’re unsure of how to start renovating your basement, then take these 5 tips to help you speed up the process and make sure it’s done right.

  • Strategically Plan Exits

    Planning an exit typically requires more than having a clear path to your stairway. Most building codes require there to be a window in at least one basement room and for it to be sizable and accessible enough for an adult to fit through in an emergency.

  • Check Your Heights

    If you’re renovating your basement to make it a living space or an office, then you’ll need to consider the height of your light structures and ductwork. If a basement wasn’t originally intended to be a high-traffic area, which is true for many old homes, then you’ll likely find hanging wires and poles throughout your basement. To make this space livable, ensure that there are no safety hazards dangling down into your new living area.

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  • Store Your Belongings

    Odds are that your basement will have some clutter in it before your remodeling, and that will need to be cleared out before you begin remodeling, but it can’t be allowed to clutter the rest of your home. Generally, the process looks like this:

    • Sell whatever you can.
    • Box and clearly label the rest, and place them in a low-traffic room until the remodeling is finished.
    • If you still can’t find space for your belongings, then it’s time to consider renting storage space.
  • 4. Identify Hazardous Materials

    For most basements, and especially in older dwellings, the walls and floors can have hazardous materials like asbestos and lead paint. Have your contractor examine your basement for any dangerous materials and be sure you’re disposing of them without endangering yourself or others.

  • 5. Star with a Clean Slate

    Never attempt a remodeling to cover up issues like leaking pipes or other maintenance issues. Not only will these not solve the problem, but you will often end up with recurring issues like wet floors in your newly-renovated basement, which will only mean more work later.

  • Get Started

    The biggest step in starting your basement remodeling is the first one. Use these tips to get started on your renovation and ensure that your new basement is everything you’ve imagined.

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