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How to Finish a Basement to Add Major Value to Your Home

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Finished Basement Adds Value

Tips For Finishing a Basement

Are you remodeling your basement? Whether you plan to use it as a workroom, playroom, or just a place to just chill and relax, the way you finish it will determine its value. There are things you can do to increase your home's value both inside and out. A basement remodeling is certainly a great interior improvement.

To complete a successful basement remodeling, you need careful planning and execution of some essential steps. This article will take you through the steps to finish your basement to add significant value to your home.

Get your basement ready!

Prior to purchasing installation, framing walls, or flooring, get your basement ready by cleaning and vacuuming it and making sure there are no active leakages.

Check outside to see that the ground is not close to the foundation. Also, check for cracks in the foundation walls. It would be best if you repaired them in case they are damaged.

Besides, your basement has to be moisture-free. There should be good roof drainage, proper bathroom & kitchen ventilation to prevent moisture, and you should keep the windows shut during humid months.

Install vapor barrier

Installing breathable insulation isn’t nearly enough. You also need to install a vapor barrier between interior stud walls and floors. Then, do the same between foundation walls and floor slabs before you frame and finish off these surfaces.

Get a building permit

Getting a permit is a good investment, especially if you want to sell your home in the future. Dealing with work without building permits can be a real hassle when you go to put your home on the market. It is highly advisable to do the right thing and get your required permits.

Remodeling your basement can also bring you a profitable return on investment. Statistics suggest that, on average, the homeowners who put up their home for sale after they have had their basements finished gets around 70 to 75% ROI. Now that’s huge!

You will also need a permit if something happens, and you are required to produce a document of the work you did. Besides, a permit is required if you're going to do plumbing and electrical work that needs inspection.

You can avail of a permit by visiting the website of your local government.

Choose your ceiling type

Many use drop or suspended ceilings as it offers easy access. When installing a drop-ceiling, you will have to install a second ceiling underneath the structural ceiling.

They make it easy to conceal as well as offer access to electrical lines and plumbing lines through the detachable tiles. Drop ceilings usually consist of a series of interlocking tiles and frames.

Plus, you will find a lot of attractive options. You will be able to decrease the amount of overhead space if you choose this option.

If you want to conserve space, you can opt for a drywall ceiling. But it takes a lot of work. After you attach the drywall to the ceiling beams, you will have to do a lot of finishing work, such as covering screw heads, sanding, and painting.

Add soundproof to your ceiling

Fiberglass batts are great for adding soundproof to your basement ceiling. See that you are adding them with no vapor barrier between the beams.

Next, use sturdy clips and metal furring channels to tie one or more layers of drywall to them to separate the drywall from the beams. It will remove vibration and minimize sound travel.

You can also keep mechanical equipment above sound-dampening anti-vibration pads.

Another way is to lessen connections between ducts both in the basement and upper floors. It will minimize noise transmission.

Choose a good flooring option

Don’t just use any type of flooring in your finished basement. For instance, if you use solid wood, changes in moisture level can cause the floor to buckle and split.

Go for rubber flooring instead. Rubber floor surfaces are moisture-resistant, anti-skid, Eco-friendly, resilient, shock-absorbent, withstand high traffic volume, and low maintenance. What’s more, it will give your feet a comfortable resting ground and keep your room warm during the colder days.

Installing rubber flooring is also low-cost, and you get plenty of attractive options to choose from. Once installed, it will enhance the aesthetic of your basement.

It is a great idea to build a subfloor using materials, such as plywood, before installing your rubber flooring since rubber surfaces can be installed on almost any type of sub-floors.

Channel natural light

To brighten up your basement, install windows and doors that will let natural light in. See that the openings are cut prior to starting your project.

Talk with a professional to see that the surrounding walls can withstand the increased structural load before you create any new windows or doors.

Add lighting

You want your basement to be bright and inviting even when there is no natural light. A reeded-glass light on the basement door will create an airy feeling while still allowing privacy.

“Recessed Can” lighting is another good option.

They will give out focused light from above. If you do go for recessed lighting, make sure to space them closer together to eliminate dark spots.

In addition, you can also use traditional wall sconces to add charm to your basement walls. For example, if you have a built-in shelf in your basement, you can mount a wall sconce above the shelf to accentuate it.

Lighting is a great way to make your home look more expensive when you have a limited budget.

Paint Some Rooms

Before you paint, make sure to use some sandpaper on the areas where you have used drywall mud. It will smooth them out. Next, apply primer and give your walls at least two coats of paint. Painting is one of the easiest things you can do to improve your home's appearance.

Build an escape route

Plan ahead for emergencies. Some local building codes require you to install exit windows so that a basement room will be considered a bedroom. You may also be required to build an enclosed closet.

Exit windows should be large enough for a firefighter to get in with full gear and for you to escape. Or you can also install hinged outside exit doors.


Remodeling your basement can add enormous value to your home if done right. And if you are planning to sell your home down the line, people will be willing to pay more for a property with an additional functional room. So follow the steps in this article to finish your basement and add major value to your home.

About the author: About the author: The above article on how to finish a basement for added value was written by Karen Lopez. Karen is a freelance content writer at marketing digest. With her keen interest in home decor and remodeling, she loves contributing insightful articles about the latest renovation trends in residential and commercial spaces. In her free time, she enjoys listening to Jazz music and watching Netflix.

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