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You want to convert your basement from a storage space to a beautiful bedroom. This is a great idea for increasing the value of your home. A finished basement yields a 70% return on investment on average.
An even better way to make sure you make money on this renovation is to not spend too much in the first place. Here are some tips to turn your basement into a finished bedroom on a budget.
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Check Local Building Laws
This isn’t so much a tip as it is a caution, but it’s still extremely important. Before doing any sort of drastic change to your home, you’ll want to check with building officials on what’s allowed in regards to zoning and building codes. Otherwise, you’ll waste money on something that’s against the law and have to remove it if you’re cited.
Get Your Basement Waterproofed
Another safety precaution you’ll want to take is to get your basement professionally checked out for waterproofing. Any gaps where water can get in will ruin the hard work you put into the basement. Hire a professional to check for any openings that water might be getting in and seal them up.
Have a Plan in Mind
Just knowing you want a bedroom is not enough. Measure your basement and create a floor plan so you know exactly what you need to create the type of bedroom you’re envisioning. This helps keep you focused on what you need, rather than buying things simply because they look good to you or they might find a place in the new bedroom later. Make a list of the things you absolutely need, and go from there.
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Keep the Original Flooring
Unless you can see dirt when you walk, try to maintain the basement’s flooring. Replacing the floors in a basement remodel can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $4,500. Most basements have a standard concrete flooring. Though having an industrial theme is chic, if you aren’t picturing your basement with gray concrete flooring, you can easily paint it to make it less conspicuous. Painting the floors will cost much less than completely redoing them. If you need to replace the floors, go for carpet over tile or hardwood for the most affordable option.
Look for Creative Lighting Options
One thing your new basement bedroom will need is lighting. This doesn’t mean …….