The difference between an unfinished and finished basement can be the difference between a dungeon where no one dares tread and a palace! We know it’s not always this black and white, and not every unfinished basement is unbearable, but by remodeling your basement, you can create a designer space you've always dreamed of having and never want to leave! Here are several excellent reasons to finish your basement.
Increase the value of your home.
Are you thinking about eventually selling your house? Finishing your basement could add considerable value to your home. It’s also an attractive selling point to potential home buyers! According to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report, the national average return on investment for a midrange basement remodel is 70%.
Having an unfinished basement in your home that rarely (if ever) gets used is such a waste! The area could be transformed into an extra bedroom, a play area for the kids, or a sophisticated hangout space for the adults with a wet bar, pool table, and surround sound! Basements have so much potential. Instead of moving to a larger house or adding onto your home, consider remodeling the space that already exists to make it more functional so it complements your lifestyle.
Make your home more energy efficient.
Some unfinished basements aren't insulated well. Your lower level could be affecting the temperatures throughout the rest of your home. Adding proper insulation will make your home more airtight and increase its overall energy efficiency, which will lower your energy costs. It’ll also make your home much more comfortable for everyone!
Create the space you’ve always wanted!
In many homes, a basement is an entire additional floor! That’s a ton of space that shouldn’t be squandered. What type of space have you always wanted in your home? A home gym, movie theater, music room, or large play area for the kids? A place to entertain friends and family or an extra, private room for guests to stay? Be strategic when designing your layout, and you could incorporate several types of spaces in your basement. Your imagination is really your only limitation, so have fun and get creative!
If you’ve decided to take the plunge and start the process to finish your basement, congratulations! It’s important to hire a professional when taking on large projects like this. Basement remodels must be done properly and to code, or you could face many serious (and expensive) setbacks. If you’re attempting to take on a project you’re unqualified to do, your safety will also be on the line. Make sure you hire an expert when you need to. Don’t wait until it’s too late and damage is already done.
If you need home improvement services in Boone, Ames, Story City, or a nearby area, don't hesitate to give us a call. We can remodel basements (including installing energy efficient egress windows in bedrooms), kitchens, bathrooms, or any other part of your home. Contact us today to set up a free remodeling consultation!