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What to Know Before Remodeling a Basement

If you have a basement that only serves the purpose of keeping your old boxes of records, it might be time to consider remodeling your basement. Remodeling a basement can pay off in the long run by giving you a new use for the space in your basement or even an extra bedroom or bath depending on the kind of renovations you make.

The unused potential in your basement is too good to pass up! Take a little time out from your day and consider the possibilities of remodeling your basement. It could feel like you’re in a whole new house depending on what purposes you remodel the basement for.

Here are a few tips on what to know before remodeling your basement:

  • Make sure there are no water issues – The last thing you want to find when remodeling your basement is a leaking water issue. Water damage is a serious problem and should be addressed as soon as its found. It’s advisable to go and check the exterior walls for moisture and check the downspouts to make sure they’re not clogged. That could bring a lot of unwanted moisture into your basement.
  • Get a permit (if needed) – Before you even start pounding the first nail into your basement renovation, it’s a good precaution to find out if you need a permit to start doing work and check to make sure what codes and standards may exist for any electrical work that needs to be done on your basement.
  • Consider suspended ceiling tiles – For ease of access to electrical wiring and plumbing systems, consider going with suspended ceiling tiles. If you use regular drywall, you’ll have to create an access panel to at least get to your wiring. It’s easier to pop off a suspended ceiling tile just in case you want to re-wire or change some aspect of your renovation.
  • Start with the floor before furnishing – It’s a good idea to take care of the flooring before you start putting your favorite couch and pool table down. Finishing the floor as one of the first parts of the renovation is usually pretty vital and whether you pick a hardwood floor or carpet, know that finishing before furnishing is always a good idea.


If the time for finishing your basement has finally arrived, C.C. Dietz is ready to help! We can transform your unfinished basement into a room the entire family can enjoy. Whether it’s a complete transformation from bare cinderblock walls to a warm, vibrant room – or completing a project that was left unfinished – C.C. Dietz is the answer.

We’ll meet and discuss the project, create a design for your approval, and then begin construction. In no time you’ll have a brand new room to enjoy and you’ll reclaim valuable interior space. Basements are no problem for C.C. Dietz!

If you have any questions about Basement Remodeling or wish to schedule a free consultation, please contact C.C. Dietz by calling 717.755.1921 or visit our website!

Source: 10 Things You Must Know Before Finishing a Basement, DIY Network

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