A basement can be a damp, dank, underground storage shed — or it can be a bright and cheery extension of a home’s living space. If you’re looking to give your basement a makeover, there’s plenty that you can do without paying basement makeover prices. The following is a list of relatively cheap and easy fixes that can turn dull and dingy basements into comfortable, liveable square footage. Here’s how to upgrade your basement on a budget.
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Damp Basements Are Gross: Invest in a Dehumidifier
So many of the problems that people have with their basements — musty smells, mold, mildew, damp curtains and carpeting, etc. — can be traced to moisture. If any of this rings a bell, you might be able to solve the problem without a contractor, a crew, or even a messy weekend of attempted DIY remedies.
A good dehumidifier does what the name implies — reduces humidity — but it also improves air quality and filters allergens. You can get one right now on Amazon for less than $200 — $179.99, to be exact — with 4.5 stars after more than 13,000 reviews. It can pull 34 pints of liquid from the air every day across 2,000 square feet of crisp, dry basement air.
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Use Epoxy Paint to Transform Drab and Porous Concrete Floors
Just as it can in the rest of the house, a few cans of paint can transform a basement faster, cheaper, and more dramatically than just about everything else — but not just any paint will do. The best material is two-part epoxy, according to The Spruce. Consisting of a resin and a hardener mixed together, the paint dries through a fast chemical reaction, not evaporation, and when it dries, it hardens into a tough, durable, waterproof surface.
You can get two gallons of single-coat concrete floor paint with built-in primer at Home Depot for about $74 — roughly $37 per gallon. You can expect to need the same kinds of tools you would need for any paint job — rollers, brushes, painter’s tape, etc. So if you don’t have them already, add the price of those supplies to your budget. Even so, most people can probably finish their basement floor in a single day on a budget of $100.
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Cozy Things Up With Soft, Warm Carpet Tiles
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