Things to Consider Before You Renovate Your Basement


A finished basement is an excellent way to top off your home, whether you are looking to sell in the next little while or you simply want to switch things around. But before you get started on your next basement renovation project you should know that finishing a basement is a huge task requiring both time and money to do. Depending on your particular scope, there are different variables that you will need to consider in advance before you begin. 

Here are 5 things to consider before you start your basement renovation project.


Bylaws and regulations in your area. 

You want to ensure that every modification you make, every upgrade, and any additions you add are up to code. Be up to date on your area’s bylaws and regulations and call someone to go over your plan and property with you in order to ensure everything abides by the standards. You might be required to do inspections or acquire permits depending on the nature of the task you’re looking to tackle. 

Look into hiring a professional who understands basement development.

This point should go without saying. Even if you only plan to take on a smaller project or do a couple of renovations, a professional can help advise you. It might seem like a smart way to save money by doing everything yourself at first but recruiting a professional will always ensure a quality job within a secure timeframe. A professional will also be able to give you a more accurate estimate as to the total cost of your final renovation project, whereas on your own you might be in for more than you initially estimated. This can be tricky, especially if you exhaust your budget before finishing the job.

Make a solid plan before you start any modifications.

A rough sketch might help you better understand the true scope of what it is you plan to do. After all, renovating your home’s lowest floor is a huge task – and it’s not something that should be taken lightly. When do you want to start doing renovations? What’s your budget? If you’re looking to sell, consider the ideals of the buyers where you live. In Calgary, basement development might be tailored towards the interests of the locals. Ask a real estate agent or do some research to see what appeals to buyers most. If you’re looking to stay in your home for a few more years, then this might not be as big a variable in your project but it is definitely something to bear in mind. 

What systems will you need to implement?

This can be tricky when it comes to your next basement renovation project. Hire a professional to deal with the electrical work, heating and plumbing systems for your bottom floor. Consider how “finished” you’re looking to have your final project be and what different systems will need implementing. This will take some planning, so be sure to put some thought into this beforehand.

Are you going to include access to the outside?

A walkout basement can be very appealing to homeowners and to buyers because it allows direct access to the outside without having to go through the rest of the house. Consider the build of your house and the possible implementation of a door or an entryway into your basement and how it might add to the appeal of your property. This is also helpful if you are looking to rent and want an easy way for your renters to get in and out of your home.

Going about renovating your basement is a significant task which requires a lot of prep work, thought, and planning. Chances are that you won’t be going about it alone. Having a professional working with you through your project is a great way to ensuring that the job gets done in time, done well, and within your budget.