If you are renovating your basement, know that this can be an expensive project. It is also important that you do things in the right way to not only make the basement comfortable, but also so the changes you make will help make it well worth the money that you spend. Below are three tips to help you get started on this project.
Hire an Electrician Early
You will need an electrician at some point in your basement renovation so go ahead and hire one now. This will allow you to have someone ready when it is time.
You may need to rewire the basement, install lighting, and add install electrical appliances. You may choose to install an electrical pump or need electricity for a heating system. If so, you will need to have enough outlets in the basement. The electrician will also be sure the circuit breaker for your basement is powerful enough to provide enough power.
You should never try to save money by doing electrical work on your own. If you do things wrong, you could have an electrical fire.
Before you start any kind of basement renovation check with your city to see if there are code requirements that you have to follow. You may be required to obtain a building permit or other type of permit. This is especially true if you will be installing electrical wiring or plumbing fixtures. These things will likely require an inspection by a professional after you finish with the renovation.
If you do not do this and you find out later that there are codes that you must follow, you could be made to remove all renovations that you made in your basement.
Inspect Closely for Water
You need to make sure there are no type of water leaks in the basement. In order to do this, look closely at the ceiling. If there is a water leak here, you will see yellow stains on the ceiling. Look at the walls for any type of cracks or other damage. If you have this, water can leak through these cracks and cause damage. If you do have cracks and water has been leaking, the material has likely deteriorated and will need to be replaced.
You can hire a company to come to your home to check for moisture problems in your basement if you want to be sure that you find all leaks that you may have.
Talk with the building contractor that you hire for basement renovations and they can give you many more tips.