Finishing your basement can be a bigger job than you may think. This A to Z list of basement remodeling can help you make the best decision as to hiring a contractor and ensuring a pleasant remodeling experience. Everything from searching for a contractor to deciding what type of spaces you want in your new space needs to be researched.\r\n\r\n \r\nAirflow.\r\nHaving good airflow is extremely important when properly heating and cooling a basement\r\nBond Insulation.\r\nThe fiberglass insulation between your floor joists\u00a0can be the source of mold and major energy loss.\r\nConsultation.\r\nMake sure you are given the opportunity to sit down with your contractor and discuss your needs and wants to be sure they know what you are looking for.\r\nDesign.\r\nYour basement can be designed to match the rest of your home or it can have a truly unique design.\r\nEgress Window.\r\nDoes your basement have a means of egress? Check your local building codes to see if you need an egress window.\r\nFloor plan.\r\nA well thought out floor plan can make all the difference in a basement.\r\nGases.\r\nTest your home for\u00a0radon gases to make sure your family is safe.\r\nHumidity.\r\nUsing a dehumidifier such as our Santa-Fe will ensure that your basement air is warm and dry.\r\nInspection.\r\nA detailed inspection should be completed to address all potential sources of water damage and mold.\r\nJoists.\r\nYour joists can remain exposed and be painted black to give your space an industrial design while offering maximum ceiling height.\r\nKnowledge.\r\nFind a company that specializes in the work you want to have done to make sure they have adequate knowledge in doing it the right way.\r\nLower Level.\r\nYour new lower level should be seen as a lower level and not just a basement.\r\nMaterials.\r\nMake sure you use materials that are designed for the\u00a0basement environment.\r\nNiche.\r\nNiche spaces such as underneath your staircase can be a great way to add storage to your basement.\r\nOrganization.\r\nLook for a contractor that has an organized process from the beginning to the end of the project to ensure a good remodeling experience.\r\nPhotos.\r\nYour contractor should be able and willing to show you\u00a0photos of their previous work.\r\nQuote.\r\nYour quote should include everything that will be needed to complete your job, there should be no hidden fees.\r\nResearch.\r\nResearch different contractors to make sure you find the best one for your specific project.\r\nSchedule.\r\nMake sure you know how long the project will take and when workers will be in your home.\r\nTestimonials.\r\nLook for a contractor that has plenty of\u00a0customer testimonials from homeowners.\r\nUnderstanding.\r\nEnsure that you have a good understanding of what your new space will look like and that you approve of the final design before construction begins.\r\n\r\nVinyl Plank.\r\nUsing\u00a0Vinyl Plank flooring will give you the look of wood flooring while remaining water-resistant.\r\nWarranty.\r\nEnsure your contractor has a\u00a0written warranty for the work being performed during your project.\r\nXerox.\r\nGet a copy of your contractor's building license and insurance.\r\nYearning\r\nCreate the\u00a0dream basement you have been yearning for that your whole family can enjoy.\r\nZones.\r\nDo you know what types of\u00a0spaces\u00a0you want in your basement? Create a list of your top 5 spaces from most important to least. These include things like a home office, bathrooms, and bars.\r\n\u00a0Hopefully, our list has helped you think about some of the aspects required to finish your basement the right way the first time. If you are looking to get a quote on finishing your basement\u00a0give us a call! We work out of Madison Heights, Belleville, Westland, Berkley, and\u00a0surrounding areas!