What To Do Before Finishing Your Basement

Finishing a basement can be an exhilarating experience. The ideas for turning it into a workable, useful living space are endless. Whether you’re planning a man cave, bedroom, home theater, playroom or gym, there are certain tips to take into consideration before creating the basement space of your dreams.

It’s wise to prepare for your basement project before moving forward with your vision. Inspect the foundation for leaks, cracks or patches of soft concrete, which could indicate needed repairs. Next, look for signs of water damage or problems that may have been caused by seepage or leaky pipes. Fixing those issues will prevent further damage from occurring to your foundation and mold from taking over your newly finished basement. Outdoors, grade the soil to slope away from your foundation and repair or add gutters and downspouts. If the water damage is excessive, consider adding interior or exterior drain tiles and waterproofing the walls.

Now is also the time to get up to date on basement building codes. Look for any current code violations that may need correcting, such as windows or stairs. If your plans call for a below-grade bedroom or living space, your basement will need egress windows to allow people to escape in case of an emergency. They also will let in additional light.

It’s important to avoid the temptation to take shortcuts while finishing your basement. Doing necessary prep work before beginning your project can save time and money in the long run. For more helpful tips on what to consider before moving forward with finishing your basement, see the accompanying checklist, provided by Foundation Doctor.

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