All across America, people are investing more in finishing unused spaces in the home. These projects include cellar and basement remodeling. Finishing these spaces increases your square footage and general living space, which can increase the value of the home. However, there are some things you need to keep in mind.
The cellar or basement of your home is part of the foundation. Would you trust just anyone to work on the foundation of your home? You need experienced professionals who know how to identify load-bearing structures and can better identify how each change may affect the structural integrity of the home.
Because basements are partially underground, they are naturally insulated, compared to the rest of the home. Even so, close proximity to the earth means that moisture might also seep into the space. This can make a chill feel worse in the winters and add humidity to summer days. You will need to decide how to remove moisture from the air, as well as how to heat and cool the space.
Kitchens and bathrooms generally have great reputations as the go-to remodeling options to increase property value. However, in the age of homeschooling, home theaters, home gyms and investment properties, finished spaces have much greater value. This is especially true when basements have separate or private entrances.
In some areas, what homeowners do with their basements is their own business. In other areas, local governments may require homeowners or contractors to seek permits or completion certificates. If you have an HOA, certain conversion reasons may violate your contract, so review it before starting. For example, your HOA may forbid short-term rentals, such as Airbnb. If you finish the basement with this in mind, you could face financial or legal repercussions.
Not every contractor has the expertise necessary to complete a cellar or basement remodeling project. Choose wisely.