Whether we are talking British Columbia or California homes,
one of the most overlooked rooms has always been the basement. Basements tend
to be the part of the home reserved for the teenager, or the project minded
member of the family. They are out of the way, sometimes so out of the way that
they are seldom used, and therefore tend to go unnoticed. In fact, basements
can be so overlooked that they don't even need to be finished in order
to sell a house!
Despite their traditional place at the bottom of the house as well as the important
rooms list, we believe a basement can be an incredibly important part of any
home. It can be a lot more than a room where old furniture gets stored, where
the wire duct runs uncovered, and where musty smells and strange sounds tend
to hold sway. Instead a basement can be a room that becomes the social nerve
centre of the house, where people spend most of their time, or even a room that
can earn you some additional money.
In this series of articles, we are going to look at how you can transform your
basement from a hidden room to one that can add an incredible amount of money
to your piece of real estate.
One of the great things about a basement is that generally, it includes a lot
of the square footage of a house. That means that in effect, a basement does
not just have to be one room. Instead, you can turn your basement into an entirely
new living area within your house. That area can include a recreation room,
bedrooms, a bathroom, utility rooms, and maybe even a second kitchen area.
What we want to do is help you get started transforming your basement from
a seldom used part of the house to a secondary living space, totally realizing
all of its potential. The articles in this series are going to contain information
about what kind of changes you can make to your basement and how to bring those
changes about. We'll talk about tools you may need, from nail guns
to jigsaws, that can help you get the job done.
Getting your basement renovated is not just about the project; it is also about
the money you can expect to spend while getting the project completed. We would
be remiss if we didn't take a look at the different concerns you need
to be aware of when fixing up your basement from a monetary point of view. That
means you can expect to find some sound advice how to make the changes to your
basement at the best price possible.
A quick look through the MLS at houses for sale will mean you come
across at least a few homes with unfinished basements. We think that basements
are an incredible opportunity to add value to a home, and renovating yours could
add more value to the home than you thought possible.