4 Tips for Remodeling Your Basement on a Budget

1. Weigh Your Flooring Options Carefully

When you are remodeling, flooring is an important thing to consider. First, make sure that you choose a floor type that is appropriate for a basement. Even if you've had waterproofing done and you use a humidifier, your cellar will always have more moisture and humidity than the rest of your home.

This means that wood and laminates should be avoided. They can easily warp and become damaged from the moisture. And, if your basement does flood or leak, the floor will be destroyed and can cause a dangerous mold problem.

Carpets are cheap but should never be used. They suck up moisture and will cause mold growth, which is very bad for your family's health.

Tile is a great option, but, can be expensive. Opt for a low-cost tile or go with vinyl flooring. Vinyl can get wet and will stand up beautifully to moisture and dampness. Plus, it is very cheap to buy and easy to install. Tile looks better, so you will have to weigh out the cost vs look.

2. Shop Around

Check out the prices for several remodelers and contractors. Their prices can vary quite a bit. And, if you collect a few estimates, you can possibly get them to come down in price.

Many remodelers offer financing or payment plans, which can help off set the cost of the remodeling. Your home's value will improve when you finish your basement, so take advantage of payment plans so you can spread out the payments as your home appreciates in value.

3. Use Thin Drywall

You can get away with using a thinner drywall for your basement than you could in the rest of your home. Your walls are much less likely to get damaged there, and, you have a natural insulation from the thick cement or brick walls.

This may seem like a minor difference, but, if your cellar is large, this can add up to a huge savings for you.

4. Add Furniture Slowly

The first thing most people do once their basement is finished to to run out and buy new furniture. They load up the new room... and what once seemed like a huge, new, open living space now looks crowded and small.

Add furniture slowly. Use older couches and chairs. If you are thinking of replacing the couches in your living room, use them for the cellar and buy new for the house. Not only will this cut down on the initial investment, but it will allow you to best see what the best outlay for your new room will be.