How to Find, Qualify, and Hire Quality Contractors!

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We could write a small book on how to find, qualify, interview, reference-check and write contracts with contractors. But a lot of people already have. So we won’t re-write it all here. Rather, you can check out the sources listed in our Resources section. Two of the best resources are: 1.      The Home Owners Guide […]

The Importance of Design

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The key to creating a finished basement that gets used and brings maximum resale value is design. And it’s not as simple as it looks. Finished basements pose unique design challenges. Obstructions like poles, pipes, soffits, HVAC, electrical, furnaces, stairs, water heaters and foundation anomalies all conspire to make designing comfortable, appealing lower-level living spaces […]

Do I Need a Permit or a Licensed Contractor?

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Before finalizing a contract for your finished basement project, make sure that your contractor: Is licensed to perform construction services in your jurisdiction Warrants that all permits and inspections will be obtained and all building codes strictly observed Is adequately insured for property damage and workmen’s compensation If you plan on doing some or all […]

What About Resale Value in My Basement!?

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You might wish to know how much of your original finished basement investment you can recover if you later sell your home. Unfortunately, there’s no scientific answer to this question. Once built, your finished basement is inseparable from your home, and home improvement costs are not itemized in the listing or sales contract for your […]

Your Budget and Your Basement

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If money is an issue, then these tips should help you get what you want while avoiding unpleasant or disastrous surprises: Set a realistic budget for your project and stick to it   When you are careless about managing costs, things can easily get out of control. Seek out a good designer to help in […]

Planning Your New Basement Space

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Before you begin talking with contractors about your basement remodel, it’s a good idea to write down some basic information about your space and what you are looking for. A sample Planning Outline is included below. By preparing this information ahead of time, you will make communications with contractors and family members easier and avoid […]