Biggest Basement Conversion ConsiderationsBefore you do go all-out, be sure to think carefully about the future. Meaning, if there’s any chance at all of selling some time down the line, it should function as a good space. In other words, don’t over-customize it. If you do, it will act as an impediment to selling. And, it might even negatively impact the resale value.
Basements are typically about one-third of the entire home’s available space, 600 to 800 sq. ft. in the average home. And while some basements have been finished to create more living area, the majority of these spaces are used as makeshift laundry rooms, home offices, and storage repositories for everything from spare freezers to pantries, paints, and paperwork. In other words, most basements are underused. —Bob Vila.comSo, instead of turning it into a dedicated gaming space, go for a makeover that can easily accommodate other functions. If you do this, it will not only add more functionality, it will also enhance the overall value of the property. Plus, it can serve as one thing at one time and another thing at another time.
Top Rodeo Basement Cleanout Conversion TipsThere’s no getting around the fact you’ll first have to deal with the junk and clutter. Just clear it out and then purge as much as possible. This way, you’ll have less to store. And, you’ll free up even more space. After it’s cleared out entirely, you can follow this basic basement conversion guide:
- Start with moisture prevention. Add waterproofing and ample insulation to keep moisture, heat, and cold out of the space. You’ll need these elements to climatize the space to make it comfortable to use, regardless of the season.
- Upgrade the electrical and plumbing. Next, you’ll need to upgrade and expand the electrical wiring and plumbing. (Especially if you’re going to add a kitchenette and/or another bathroom to the house.)
- Install a new climate control system. Along with upgrading the electrical and plumbing system, you’ll also need to install a climate control system. This way, it’s useable, no matter the weather outside.
- Finish all the walls, ceiling, and flooring. You’ll finish the conversion by finishing the walls, the ceiling, and the floor. Then, you can begin to furnish the space and add decor.