Finishing your basement to make the most of all that unused space is a great idea. A properly finished basement can add thousands of dollars to the value of a property, depending on what is done with the space. More than that, it offers room for your family to grow into, which is very important. However, you must get professional help when it comes to the waterproofing steps required to prepare your basement.
Double Your Living Space—Why You Should Finish Your Basement
Looking beyond the bare concrete of your basement can be hard, but once you do, you’re sure to see the potential. Finishing and converting your basement into a living space may be a time-consuming investment, but it pays off hugely. After all, most basements cover the majority of a home’s floor space, if not the whole of it. This means that a properly finished basement could double the square footage of your home, making it more comfortable and more valuable should you choose to sell it.
There are some legal requirements, of course. First and foremost, you will need an exit of some kind to be used in case of emergencies. If you don’t have an external access hatch or door, you will need to install an egress window system to meet regulatory safety requirements. Jobs like these require professional input to ensure that your home is safe and dry for finishing.
How Professionals Can Prepare Your Basement for Finishing
These tasks are essential to a properly finished basement and do require professional input to ensure that they are completed to the best possible standard. When you let an expert take care of these tasks, you will notice an immediate improvement in the climate of your basement. More than this, you will have a space that is ready for finishing and decoration.
Interior Drain Installation
Interior drain installation is one of the most important tasks you can undertake as a homeowner who is trying to finish their basement. After all, the last thing you want to worry about once it is complete is standing water or flooding ruining all your hard work. A professional should install perimeter drains to ensure proper placement and an optimal result without further damage to your home as there is some level of excavation required.
Sump Pump Installation
The majority of basements that are prone to flooding already have a sump pump installed, but if your basement does not (or your sump pump is outdated and inefficient) you should consider how one could be of benefit.
A sump pump is both the first and last line of defense for any property facing leaks or flooding. By having a professional install an efficient, high-quality sump pump, you will protect your home from avoidable water damage and dampness.
Dehumidifiers, like sump pumps, are key to keeping your basement dry and safe no matter the weather. They are less common than sump pumps and are not always found in a property as a matter of course. If you want to finish your basement, however, a dehumidifier should be high on your list of considerations.
A Foundation Recovery Systems expert will be able to choose a dehumidifier that is capable of handling your basement, or even your whole property. This will guarantee a pleasant, dry environment in your basement once it has been finished.
Basement Protection with Foundation Recovery Systems
With these jobs out of the way, you can finish your basement and begin using it as more than a storage space. Of course, if you want it to be considered livable square footage when you decide to sell, you will need to complete the finishing.
If you want to ensure that the process is quick, smooth, and free from unnecessary complications, contact Foundation Recovery Systems. We offer free basement inspections and repair quotes for homeowners looking to protect their basements prior to finishing the space. There’s no obligation to book with us, however, so don’t hold back. Our experienced team is here to make sure that you feel comfortable at every turn!