If you have an unfinished basement in your home, you can turn it into a place of fun and entertainment for the whole family with a complete makeover. However, since basement remodeling can be a challenge because of the work involved, it is a good idea to work with a professional contractor for the duration of the job. Before the work begins, there are several questions you may want to ask so you feel more confident about the end result.
1. Do I Need New Flooring?
Your basement’s current flooring may not match your vision of a remodeled space or it may be old and unattractive. You can ask your contractor about which choices are open to you, which may include:
- Tile flooring
- Vinyl planks
- Polished concrete
Your remodeling budget will likely influence your choice, as well as your personal tastes, and your basement remodeling contractor can help you choose a flooring style that suits both of these needs.
2. How Do We Prevent Dampness?
Even finished basements can feel damp, especially in the winter and early spring. Not only might this make guests feel uncomfortable when they visit, and moisture may also cause mold growth under carpeting and behind cabinets. Flooring heaters and quality insulation can help prevent dampness and moisture damage to your finished basement.
3. Do I Need Additional Wiring?
Your existing basement may have one or two available electrical outlets, but you may find that you require more when you plan a remodel. Outlets for entertainment products, such as a surround-sound system, need to be properly installed and grounded to prevent shorts and reduce the risk of fires.
4. Can We Include HVAC Ducts?
Heating and cooling your finished basement can make it a more comfortable space all year round. You may be able to add ductwork to your existing system, depending on its design, but if not, your contractor can probably offer you other options.
A remodeled basement can add a level of comfort and enjoyment to your home. Contact your local contractor today for more details.