The cold winter months and holiday festivities bring about gatherings of family and friends into your home. Space is limited and the gatherings can become quite uncomfortable if everyone is hanging out in the family room. Thankfully, the lower floor can become a great gathering place any time of the year.
If you are thinking about refinishing the basement to make it another comfortable floor in the home, you are thinking clearly. Refinishing the basement of your Macedonia, Ohio home is much cheaper than adding a room to the existing structure, and you can have more square footage than a 20×20 add-on.
Before You Start Finishing the Basement of Your Home, keep these things in mind:
- Is the Basement Dry?
Refinishing the basement of the home is not complicated if you have a new construction home and have no water issues. If on the other hand, the basement is old or has water damage, it can get complicated and expensive pretty fast. Before contacting a basement finishing company, you have to find out if you have water damage or other structural issues that will complicate finishing the basement of the home. Fortunately, Pioneer Basement Solutions is a company that can inspect the home for water damage before finishing the basement of your home, so you can keep the basement waterproofing and finish with the same company.
2. Where can you begin?
If you want to find out whether you have water damage in the basement of your Macedonia, Ohio home, these are six easy-to-spot signs of water damage you can find for yourself.
- Water sitting on the basement floor
- wet basement walls
- Cracked or bowed walls
- Paint peeling off the walls
- Heavy musty odors
If the walls are bowing or cracked, you have water damage that has been an issue for a while and you need to fix the problem right away. Regardless of where the water damage begins, you need to take care of it immediately before the structural integrity of the home is compromised.
3. Hiring the Right Basement Waterproofing Company
Macedonia residents know that it is crucial to hire a company with enough experience to get the waterproofed basement they need. At Pioneer Basement Waterproofing and Finishing, we recommend you have a dry and waterproofed basement before you begin any work in the basement of the home. Refinishing the basement of your home can be complicated and costly if the company you hire needs to redo or fix things twice.
Refinishing a basement that is not fully waterproofed can expensive because you will have water damage hiding behind the walls that you have to fix sooner rather than later. Drywall, carpet, and molding installed during the refinishing process will have to de discarded and replaced when the real basement waterproofing process begins. That’s why it is so important to find a basement waterproofing company with the experience and expertise to finish the basement of your Macedonia home.
Pioneer Basement Waterproofing and Finishing is a company that was established in 1979 and has been providing outstanding customer service in the Northeast Ohio area for more than 40 years. Pioneer Basement Finishing has the experience and the professional teams to deliver a waterproofed and refinished basement with excellent craftsmanship every time.
If you are not 100% convinced, check Pioneer’s Better Business Bureau (BBB), Angie’s List, and Home Advisor reviews. Or better yet, call us and we can provide you with testimonials from satisfied customers you can talk to, to compare pricing and customer service.
4. How Much Will It Cost to Finish the Basement of my Macedonia, Ohio Home?
Like any home renovation, the cost will depend on many variables. If you Google the cost of a finished basement you will probably get quotes from $30-$90 per square foot, or even higher prices. The cost depends on where you live, the square footage of your home, the materials and company you choose, the number of rooms you want, and in some cases how quickly you want the job done. If you want expensive flooring, drop tile ceiling or a bathroom and a wet bar installed, the prices can vary considerably. For example, drywall ceilings typically cost less to install than drop tile. They do not require taping, mudding, or sanding. They can be installed directly to the frame above them, saving installation time. And although many homeowners know this fact, they prefer to have drop tile ceilings instead. Drop tile ceilings do have the benefit of allowing the homeowners to have easy access to the electrical, and pipe systems installed in the home.
Now that you know you need to waterproof the basement of your home before refinishing it, you are wondering how you are going to pay for it. Many companies offer financing through them, and often times that is the best option for many homeowners. On the other hand, you can apply for a personal loan to do this home renovation, or apply for a home equity loan. Whatever choice you make, you need to compare the rates, terms, and length of the loan for repayment purposes. There are many options and many banks that you can compare to make the best financial decision for your family.
The Bottom Line
A home remodeling project is a big commitment for any family and their finances. The cost of refinishing a basement is ultimately up to them. Keep in mind you need a company to do the job, but most importantly, you need a company to do the job well and for fair prices. Have a budget ready before you call a basement finishing company and stick to it. When you call Pioneer Basement Finishing, we will talk to you and give you options, and a clear path to achieving the finished basement you want. We have over 40 years of experience and the professional and talented teams to deliver a beautifully finished basement to you, and your family.