Are You Thinking About Finishing Your Basement?

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 Are You Thinking About Finishing Your Basement?

Finishing out a basement can be a daunting task, but with the right guidance, you can have a cozy, functional room to host family, watch tv, or have a game night! There are also plenty of other reasons to finish your basement, some include changing the value of your home, better insulation, and creating organized storage spaces.

1. Finishing out your basement can increase the value and square footage of your home

The first thing people look at when searching for a home is how much square footage and how many bedrooms are in the home. An unfinished basement is not considered living square-footage, but when you condition and finish it out, that square footage is added on, thus making the value of your home go up. If your basement allows for it and it meets code, you could even add an additional bedroom and bath, which would also increase the sell value of your home.

2. Finished Basements provide better insulation to pipes

In the winter months, freezing pipes can become a big issue. Unfinished basements tend to be on the colder side, and that can be a risk for any plumbing you might have down there. When finishing your basement, you can insulate the pipes to keep them from losing heat, and also to prevent condensation. Finishing your basement also helps insulate your flooring that is above.

3. Finished basements provide storage space for many different items

While an unfinished basement provides storage space, many people use it for totes or boxes. With a finished basement, you can include cabinets, shelves, or even closets to organize all of your items, and have easy, available access to said items when needed. This way when you are looking for something, you don’t have to dig through five totes before finding it!

4. Hosting area for your family and friends

Having a finished basement downstairs can become an easy hang out spot for all family and friends. Instead of moving back and forth from the living room, kitchen, and dining room, you can have all your guests in one room, and all the necessities in one area. With a finished basement, you can put in a mini fridge and/or some cabinets so you can have a dedicated space for snacks and drinks while you host.


Are you ready to look at finishing your basement? Here at J&R, we can provide a free consultation to help you discuss and set a budget for the project! Feel free to set up an appointment with us by calling 859-225-0162 today!