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Are you debating whether or not you should finish your basement? If you are, here are 5 great reasons to get your basement finished!

 

1. SpaceExercise Room

No matter what rooms you decide to add to your finished basement (bedroom, living room, recreation room, exercise room etc.), it will provide you and your family even more space to enjoy. Did you know that, on average, a finished basement increases the liveable space of your home by one third? That’s right. You can separate yourself from the rest of your family for some actual quiet time. Maybe you like to craft. You could work on crafts and projects in the basement and not have to worry about cleaning them up immediately because people are coming over for dinner.  Or better yet, maybe your 14 year old’s baseball team is having a sleepover; you could actually get some sleep by letting them be in the basement all night while you and your spouse sleep peacefully upstairs. How great is that?!

 

2. Unlimited Possibilities

When you finish your basement, you can really do whatever your heart desires. It is its own space. 

Maybe you’ve always wanted an exercise room in your house, but you need all the rooms for bedrooms for the kids. I know it’s impossible for me to go to the gym in winter because the last thing I want to do is put on shorts and a t-shirt, drive through the snow, and freeze while I run (and probably slip and fall) inside. What about a projector and screen to watch movies or football on?

MancaveGuys, have you always wanted a man cave? A man cave that is actually decorated like a man cave? You can go crazy! Maybe you’re a hunter, and the last thing your wife wants in the home is animal skins and deer heads. Put them up in the man cave! Or maybe, go football crazy. Hang all of your signed paraphernalia, get a rug with a football field design on it, stock the fridge with beers, and put up 5 TVs so you can see all the games!

 

Ladies, do you love to decorate but are out of space? Maybe you’d like to go a different route than what the rest of the house looks like. What a great opportunity! Add a bedroom, office, exercise room, theater, and wetbar, and you’ve got a whole new house to decorate!

Maybe your mother-in-law is moving in with you. Why not give her her own space downstairs? She can have a bedroom, bathroom, living room, kitchen, and laundry room. You won’t even know she’s there!

 

3. Family & FriendsExtra beds

When you create a room for the whole family to enjoy (like a home theater, workout room, or game room), it promotes quality time to be spent with the ones you love. When you choose to add additional bedrooms and bathrooms, it encourages people to come visit you more, which encourages a social environment within your home. Adding a theater or several TVs encourages friends to come over to watch the game, and your kid’s friends will want to come over for movie night!

 

4. Great Value

Finishing your basement is notably less expensive than building an addition to your home. The basement already has a foundation, exterior walls, and roof. If you were to build an add-on, you would have to pay for all of those. Look at the savings already! Finishing your basement is the best value per square foot in comparison with other home additions. 

 

5. Great Investment

Remember how finishing your basement is less expensive than building an add-on to your home? Well, by finishing your basement, you are increasing your home’s resale value. No other home improvement project even comes close to increasing, or holding, your home’s value. A finished basement makes your home more attractive to prospective buyers, especially if they can utilize the livable space down there!

 

So you see, finishing your basement is a great idea and a great investment. Give us a call today to schedule your free basement design and bid! We look forward to starting 2015 off right with helping grow your livable space! What’s holding you back?

 

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READY TO EXPAND?

It is officially time for the holidays. Thanksgiving is in one week and Christmas is quickly approaching. When did it become this time of year? I’m not ready for it! Once Christmas passes, we’re getting into 2015, and that’s right, tax season. Have you considered what you’re going to do with your tax return yet? Family vacation? Shopping spree? New furniture? Fix up the house? What about finishing your basement!?

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPicture starting off your new year with an addition to your home! A new place for family night to happen. Bed rooms for guests to stay in (instead of on your couch, or your 5 year old’s twin size bed). A place to put that pool table you’ve always wanted. A theater to watch movies and football games. A place to entertain!

 Why not get a free design and bid? Just look into it! This is the perfect time to start budgeting and planning for the future growth of your home. Maybe having everyone over for the holidays will prove that it’s time to expand and finish your basement.

Give us a call today to schedule your free basement design and bid!  

CHOOSING A CONTRACTOR

CHOOSING A CONTRACTOR

 
Getting your basement finished is a big deal. It’s a huge financial deal. I mean, I think $100 is a lot of money, so finishing a basement is way out of my price range.
When deciding to have any major work done on your home, you either do it yourself, or hire a contractor. I like to think I’m pretty handy, but there are just some things I wouldn’t even dare attempt.

Here is some advice on choosing a contractor:

1) Lowest cost is not always your best option.

Think about it, the cost is low for some reason or another. Quick, sloppy work? Cheap materials? Maybe further down the road they will tell you that it’s going to cost more than they thought. If the cost is several thousand dollars cheaper than your other bids, I would get rid of it.

You be the judge on this one.

2) Immediate availability…red flag!

Yes, you want to get your basement finished ASAP. If a company is offering you a near immediate start date, red flags should start going up. Why is an immediate start date open? A good company is going to be booked out, and you’re going to be looking at starting in two to three months. Now, there are always exceptions. Maybe someone decided not to have work done and a spot opened up- yes, grab that spot! Or maybe it’s around the holidays…who really wants to have work going on in their home during the holidays? That’s when you want it to be finished, so you can show it off to all of your family and friends. That’s definitely a rough booking time for a lot of construction companies. So you want immediate availability, try around the holidays!

3) Check them out on Better Business Bureau.

Go see what the Better Business Bureau has to say. You can see BIC Construction on there by clicking here. You definitely want to see if there are any complaints filed against a contractor you are considering using before you sign a contract with them.

4) Do you feel comfortable around them?

If you feel uneasy about a person, why would you let them into your home? I sure wouldn’t. In our business, we will be in your home for 4-6 weeks. Choose someone you feel understands your desires for the project, you can trust, you’re comfortable with how they go about getting their work done, and communicates well. If you can’t understand what they’re saying, who’s to say they’re not going to take advantage of that? A big thing for me is that while I don’t know construction terminology (I’m the office manager, I know office lingo), I don’t feel belittled and I feel like the contractor is willing to take the time to explain things to me until I understand what he is saying.

Scott will break everything down for you. We want you to feel valued and make sure that you understand every little aspect of your basement finish. Speaking of that…

 

5) Get a bid and then sign a contract.  
 
You want to make sure that everything is included. Get a breakdown of costs. Get a payment schedule so you know how much is due and when. Don’t pay it all up front! (The payment plan we offer is basically “pay as it gets completed”.) And don’t pay the final payment until you are completely satisfied with how it looks. Holding that final payment is what is going to get the contractor moving to finish everything to your satisfaction.