If you get a professional service to do the work of finishing your basement, it’ll most likely be pretty expensive.
And when you don’t want to spend all that extra cash, you’re almost forced to be a DIY handyman to get some of this job done yourself even though you may not be able to do everything.
You should at least consider doing some of the minor finishing yourself to save some money.
In this article, we will be giving you a few expert tips on getting some of the jobs done yourself, and how you can actually save some money when you call a professional service company that deals with basement finishing.
Here are 4 expert tips you can comfortably put to work.
Ensure Your Basement is Dry
This is the first and most important tip. You can’t work or do any refurbishment in a damp environment, so it’s advisable you get rid of any excessive moisture before you start any work.
If your floor gets wet frequently, then you must find out the source such as a leaky foundation or house plumbing.
Often you’ll identify that inadequate or misdirected downspouts or gutters are responsible. Fix those as well as consider adding a waterproof material or vapor barrier to the wall.
Another thing you can do is to add an interior drain tile that drains out water with a pump into a drain tile.
Even though removing or preventing water from taking over your basement could be difficult at times, it’s quite helpful to prevent any form of mold in your basement which could impact and even ruin your finishing.
Cover Your Rim Joists
You stand to increase your energy usage in your home when your rim joists are not sealed.
The best way to cover your rim joists is by using a sturdy insulation that is made to fit in your basement.
It’s recommended that you use a minimum of two dense extruded polystyrene. However, it’s important that you know the required amount to use by checking your local codes.
Another thing you can do is; use a table saw to cut small strips that fit the size of your joists.
Then, you can use a utility knife, miter saw or fine-tooth saw to cut the strips to your desired length.
You can now fill big spaces with expanding spray foam and the smaller gaps with caulk.
Have Drainage Mats Installed for a Drier and Warmer Floor
You can install dimple mats or plastic drainage mats directly on the floor of your basement.
These kind of mats will help protect your floor against any form of moisture and allow air to circulate under the flooring.
Another thing this drainage mat does is help you protect the floor by providing an isolating layer of air that shields the floor from cold coming up through the concrete below.
As a result, it helps in limiting the rate at which your floor can be damaged from moisture.
Paint Your Basement with a Warm Paint
Most times, basements are usually lacking natural light, which doesn’t help their inherently cold temperatures.
So, painting your basement with a warm color can be a great way to give your basement that warm and cozy feeling that you desire.
You can ask the paint shop to help you in choosing the right warm colors.