Whether you’re renovating a property for sale or you have a growing family and you want to make every square foot of your house work for you, your basement is a gold mine. With a little bit of elbow grease, some waterproofing and a professional on your side you could change your basement from a dusty storage room to a finished, welcoming living space.
How a Finished Basement Could Add Value to Your Home
If you’re looking for a way to add value or space in your home, waterproofing and converting your basement could offer you exactly the results you need. Here’s what you can do with all this unused space to add value to your property and double your living space.
1. Convert It into Sleeping Space
If you have a growing family, a basement can be a real boon—as well as somewhere to store all those little things that families collect over time, it has the potential to provide much-needed sleeping space. Finishing your basement and converting it into a bedroom, or two if you have a big basement, can give your family room to sprawl out.
Better yet, if you finish it properly, ensuring it has an egress window and meets all safety requirements, you could add thousands of dollars to your home’s value. By finishing your basement properly and converting the same into bedrooms you could list your previously three-bedroom property as a four- or five-bedroom property when it comes time to sell.
2. Add a Bathroom
If you have the space, you could give your basement bedroom an en suite to really boost the value. However, if you intend to keep the basement as a kind of workshop or office space, adding a small bathroom is still a great way to maximize the space and add value to your home by clearly defining the basement and making it a separate space.
3. Make it Into a Guest Suite
If you’re lucky enough to have a large basement, converting it into an annex could be a wonderful way to add value and make the most of every square inch. Adding a bedroom, a small kitchenette, and a bathroom to your basement adds huge potential to your home and gives guests a little privacy.
4. Create a Media or Game Room
If you have enough sleeping, dining, and bathing spaces, but you really need somewhere for your family to congregate, your basement could hold the key. Finishing the space to create a media room, a game room, or even just a private hangout space for your kids, will make day-to-day life a little less cramped, and if you ever decide to sell, it will be very attractive to prospective buyers.
5. Create a Rental Apartment
Adding a rental studio may seem much the same as creating a guest annex, but a rental space should have private access and be securely separated from the rest of the home. This is a little trickier and more costly than adding guest spaces, but if you can get the project approved and properly completed, you could start earning extra money on a regular basis. This will also increase the value of your home should you want to sell it (but it could make the process of selling your home a little harder).
Why You Should Make the Most of Your Basement
Home renovations are, understandably, something many people dread. However, before investing you should make sure your basement is healthy and ready. You wouldn’t want your quality electronics, furnishings, and other belongings damaged by moisture and water, would you? With the help of a professional basement waterproofing team, the process could make this work quick and easy. Plus, getting it done right the first time can save you huge amounts of money in the long run. Our team of experienced professionals at JES Foundation Repair not only have the skills and experience to improve the health and safety of your basement, we also have the drive to do it well. We offer free inspection and consultation appointments, as well as same-day written quotes for the repair work in question.