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This Is How to Remodel a Basement on a Budget

The average basement remodel can get you a return of almost 70 to 75 percent of your original investment. As far as ROIs go, that number is a rare one, and it’s one that you can easily gain if you’re looking to make changes in your home.

With a finished basement comes extra space for living, playing, or even working, and — with some planning — you can get it for a decent price.

Read on to learn how to remodel a basement on a budget.

One Area at a Time

If you’re working on a budget, try working with one space at a time. This works well if your basement is split up into different sections, but it doesn’t have to be.

You can choose to start with lighting (check out to get started) and then move to the floor, or paint the walls and then get new furniture.

Do You Have Any Moisture Issues?

Moisture and leaks are a common problem for a lot of basements — finished or not. It’s important to ensure you don’t have any issues before you start with remodeling, and then to check in and keep up with maintenance regularly after that.

In this scenario, it might be best to bring in a professional instead of relying on yourself. They’ll know the codes, and they’ll have a better eye for catching potential problems.

Paint Everything Yourself

You’d be surprised at how much money you can save when you choose to paint your space yourself.

Light colors work well in dark spaces, but it ultimately depends on what your intention for the space is. Either way, spending a weekend researching and gathering your materials is going to save you a lot of time and money later down the line.

Secondhand Is King

Finally, opting for secondhand materials when it comes to decorating any space during a remodel can free up a lot of money for other things. With a little time and online searching, you can find decent secondhand pieces online or at local thrift stores to add some personality to your space.

Not only are you ensuring you won’t have the same couch as anyone in the neighborhood, but you’re also saving money and the environment.

Renovations can have a surprising effect on the environment, but when you shop secondhand you’re opting to offset the effects that other parts of your project might’ve had (like drywall disposal or even the packaging that comes with new furniture).

Ready to Remodel a Basement?

Now that we’ve gone over a few of the best basics to help you remodel a basement, it’s time for you to get started. Whether you’re overhauling your entire space or you’re just looking to make a few small changes, renovating a basement doesn’t have to be overwhelming.

With these tips, you’re sure to make it a breeze.

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