Basement Finishing Blunders That Will Lead To Future Headaches

Posted on: 4 February 2019

Finishing your basement is an opportunity to make your home feel cozier as well as boost the value for when you decide to put it on the market. Homeowners can finish their basements in a number of ways, including putting down flooring, adding lighting, and even expanding the size of the existing windows to add more natural light. It's important to take a careful approach to finishing your basement, though, rather than make mistakes that can crop up in the future. A particular issue is the temptation to simply cover up certain issues, rather than properly address them. Here are some examples.

Painting Over Mildew

The biggest threat to any basement is water, which means that this is something about which you should be cognizant when you're finishing your basement. If your basement has had water exposure in the past, there may be some mildew stains on the drywall. The shortcut is to simply paint over these areas to eliminate them from sight, but doing so isn't getting at the root of the problem. The proper way to approach this job is to remove the drywall, assess the reason for the mildew, and only put up new drywall when you've deal with the moisture problem.

Failing To Level The Floor

If your basement has a rough floor that perhaps wasn't poured by the most skilled of contractors, you might feel as though the simplest solution is to put down carpet or click flooring, and thus eliminate the gradient that you can feel when you walk across the concrete. You should know, however, that failing to level the floor before you finish it will still result in a sloped floor — only one that has carpet or click flooring over it. You should always level the floor before you put any floor covering over it. This is something that you can do with leveling concrete.

Forgetting To Run Wires

When your basement is unfinished, you have an easy way to run any wires that you may need. For example, if you're setting up a home theater with surround sound, you need to run wires from the TV to the rear speakers. Take advantage of the unfinished nature of your basement to run the wires through the walls. This is easy to do by simply drilling small holes in the studs and then passing the wires through. If you put the drywall on first, the job becomes immeasurably more difficult.

Talk to a local contractor for more information about a basement finish.