Even if you’re not thinking about selling your home right now, you should still think about what you can do to increase its value. Then when the time comes to sell, your home will be much more valuable than it once was. There are many different ways to increase the value of your home--but, why not start at the bottom in the basement? Here’s how to add value to your home with a Denver basement finishing project:
Keep the space open.
Instead of sectioning off different parts of the basement to create private rooms or seating areas, keep everything open. Potential buyers are more interested in seeing open spaces, so this type of basement will add more value to your home. Plus, if the buyer doesn’t like what you did with the basement, it’s much easier to renovate an open space than it is to break down walls and start from scratch.
Basements don’t typically get much natural light, so it’s up to you to add a lot of artificial lighting when you are renovating the space. No one wants to spend a lot of time in a dark, dreary basement, so you will need to add as much light as possible to completely transform the space. Be mindful of what type of fixtures you use. You should never add pendant lights if you already have a low ceiling--choose recessed lights that fit within the ceiling instead. See the best bets for basement lighting
Think about the mass appeal.
If you’re still trying to figure out exactly what you want to do with your basement, think about what types of rooms will appeal to the largest number of people. For example, having a living room, home office, or spare bedroom in your basement will appeal to a lot of buyers and make your home more valuable. On the other hand, transforming your basement into a game room or bar may only appeal to certain buyers, so the renovation may not pay off.
Take care of moisture.
Before you begin any renovations, make sure that you check your basement for moisture. Getting rid of moisture should be your first priority in the basement. Remember, it doesn’t matter how much work you put into your renovations if everything is ruined by water damage in the future. Some moisture can be traced back to leaky pipes, but other problems can be caused by cracks in the foundation.
Redo the staircase.
What does the staircase going into your basement look like? If it’s narrow and cramped, you may want to consider updating it so it looks like a more traditional staircase that you would find on the upper floors of your home.
Are you ready to finish your basement? If so, get in touch with our team of professionals. In addition to finishing basements, we can also help clients remodel their kitchens and transform their outdoor space with a beautiful deck. Let us help you bring your vision to life! Contact Ridgeline Design and Build in Colorado
today for your free consultation at 303-346-6100.