How to Dry Out a Wet Basement

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Basements don’t always have a good reputation, that’s for sure. While they are known for being cold and dark, they also often tend to be wet. Sometimes, all a basement needs is a musty smell and a high level of humidity to classify as a wet basement. Fortunately for many people, drying out a wet basement is not as difficult as it sounds. Unless you are experiencing a major case of basement flooding, there is most likely a way to fix it by yourself.

The first thing that you will have to do is remove the water, if there is any. You can do that with a mop and a few towels. Once this is done, we recommend that you open the windows and air the area out (assuming that the weather outside permits it, of course). If you do not own one, we also recommend buying and running a dehumidifier in your basement to remove the excess moisture present in it. Some people also like to run fans regularly to circulate the air.

Keep in mind that to avoid mildew problems, sometimes getting rid of water-damaged furnitures and possessions is inevitable,

After having dried your basement properly, the next step consists of figuring out the source of the water. Depending on your basement, the overall health of your house and where you live (among several other factors), a wet basement can be linked to a number of issues and problems that can prove to be costly in the long run. Finding the source of the water and fixing it should therefore be your main priority. Thankfully, numerous resources to help you along the way are available online such as this one.

3 Things You Need to Know About Basement Development in Calgary

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Basement development. What’s the buzz about it? If you live in Calgary, chances are that you’ve heard about it… or that you know someone who was lucky enough to develop their basement. But if you are here, you probably don’t have a very good idea of what basement development is. We are here to change this.

Here are 3 things that you need to know about Calgary basement development:

  1. Calgary basement development has no limits. Here’s a little known fact that we love to share with readers: A basement doesn’t have to be a basement. In other words, a basement doesn’t have to be cold, dark and moldy. It can be anything you want it to be. Ever dreamed of working out in your own personal gym? We can arrange this. In dire need of a guest bedroom? We can arrange this too. As you can see, basement development has no limits.
  2. Calgary has its fair share of basement development companies. As we indirectly mentioned above, basement development is quite popular among residents of Calgary. As a result, the city is home to several professional basement development companies of the likes of PLANit Builders.
  3. Calgary basement development doesn’t have to be THAT expensive. Well, okay… we’re not going to lie: It is expensive. But it doesn’t have be THAT expensive right off the bat. What most people don’t know is that plenty of companies in Calgary would be more than happy to offer them financing options, PLANit Builders included. So if you’ve always wanted to build the basement of your dreams but had no idea how you could afford it, nothing is stopping you from doing it now!

What Can I Expect From PLANit Builders?

BasementWhen it comes to Calgary basement development, we already established on numerous occasions that hiring a Calgary basement development company to renovate your basement is often the best (and only way) to go. We’ve also established that hiring PLANit Builders to take care of it might be an option worth looking into. What we haven’t established yet, however, is what exactly hiring us would bring you… or what you can expect from working with us.

Of course, we’d like to say “quality”, “knowledge” and “stellar customer service”. While you would in fact receive all of these things (and more) while working with us, listing those things does very little to explain the actual process of developing your basement. As a result, we’ve decided to make it a little bit clearer for you.

So without further ado, let’s take a look at what you can expect from PLANit Builders:

  • Free in-home estimation. It begins with a free in-home estimation that you are more than welcome to request any time you wish. As we have said before, our in-home estimate comes with no obligation whatsoever and is available on weekends as well as evenings.
  • A team of experienced architects: Our architects have years of experienced designing basements. Working with us means that you will be lucky enough to work with them as well. During the planning process, you will have the final say, but our architects will be there to offer you advice. Before the construction process we will also take care any renovation permits required by the city of Calgary.
  • A team of experienced builders: Our builders, just like our architects, have years of experience under their belts. While renovating your basement they will be sure to treat your home and family with the utmost respect. They will also pay attention to any questions or worries that you may have.
  • Flexible financing options: Lastly, PLANit Builders offers flexible Calgary basement development financing options. If you are interested to learn more about those options, feel free to request your free in-home estimation today or to drop us a line whenever you can.

Hire the Right Basement Development Company and Save Money

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Money is something that we all need. As such, being careful with it is something that everyone should take to heart.

If you are thinking of remodelling your Calgary basement, then saving money while doing so becomes more important than ever. As you are probably already aware of, basement development is a huge investment. Not only do you need to have a good amount of money to invest in your basement — you also have to have some money aside in case something goes wrong along the way.

We cannot stress enough the importance of hiring the right Calgary basement development company. There are many companies out there that would be more than happy to offer their services to you. Unfortunately, too many of these companies cannot be trusted.

As a prospective client, it is imperative that you choose a company that can be trusted. Doing so is bound to save you a lot of trouble (and money) down the road. Not only will the development of your basement be in good, professional hands — you will also be assured to receive what you pay for. Too often, basement development companies only care about making money. They take a lot and offer very little in return.

To know exactly where your money is going is priceless.

But of course, finding the right basement development company is easier said than done. We encourage you spend a lot of time researching a company before hiring said company. In a future blog post we will be going over what exactly constitutes a good Calgary basement development company.

Until then, keep looking! Or if you prefer, you can always head over to PLANit Builders’ website and see what kind of services we offer.

Calgary Basement Development — Can You Afford It?

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Basement development has gained popularity in the last few years or so. As we like to say, this is not surprising. Who ever said that basements needed to be just that — basements?!

If you think about it, by not using your basements properly you are wasting a LOT of space. Unfortunately, basement development tends to intimidate people. Once again, this is not surprising. Basements tend to be cold, dark and moldy.

The good news, however, is that basement development does not have to be intimidating. Many companies out there specialize in basement development. If you live in Calgary or in surrounding areas and you are interested in hiring such a company, then you might want to give PLANit Builders a call.

Of course, you will first have to figure out whether you can afford hiring such a company. We are going to be honest with you and tell you that yes, basement development can be expensive. While exactly how much renovating your basement will cost depends on you and on your expectations, you can probably expect to spend a few grands along the way.

The (other) good news, however, is that just because it is expensive does not mean that YOU can’t afford it. PLANit Builders offers Calgary basement development financing options to people like you. We believe that everyone should be able to build the basement of their dreams, regardless of their budget. So if you own your house, are currently employed and can afford low monthly payments, there is most likely no reason for us to not approve you!

What are you waiting for, then? :-)

Developing Your Basement — The Dos and Dont’s

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Developing your basement can be both stressful and tiring. This is not surprising — remodelling a room is a lot of work. You can therefore probably imagine what remodelling a room the size of a basement is like!

If you are interested in developing your basement, there are a few things that you will need to know beforehand. To help you along the way, the team over at PLANit Builders has compiled a list of basement development dos and dont’s. While it is important to remember that everyone (and every house) is different, we recommend using this list as a guideline to at least give you an idea of what to expect.

(This week will cover the dos. Come back next week to learn about the dont’s!)

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1. Do hire a professional basement development company in Calgary, if possible. It’s not that we don’t doubt your ability to remodel your basement — it’s because it’s always better to leave it to professionals. Basement development can be extremely complex (and in some instances even dangerous). For your safety and that of your family, hiring a company might be wiser.

2. Do set a budget for yourself.  Know what your goals are and how to achieve them. If you are interested, PLANit Builders also offers financing options. We encourage you to look them up if you are the kind of person who thinks basement development is too expensive!

3. Do some research. Of course, we can probably assume that you have done some already (wouldn’t it be silly if you had not?), but what we are talking about here is real research — especially if you are planning on remodelling your basement by yourself.

4. Do expect some time to pass. As we said before, basement development can take months. Be patient and before you know it you will be able to enjoy a beautifully renovated basement!

Calgary Basement Development — Are Financing Options Available?

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By now you probably have made it clear to yourself that developing your basement is something that you want to do.

We completely understand this. As we said before, basement remodelling is absolutely amazing. Most people tend to overlook their basement for a number of reasons — but the truth is that basements don’t have to be basements.

Unfortunately, basement development in Calgary can be expensive. While it can be seen as a lifelong investment (it does increase the overall value of your house, after all), basement development can leave your wallet empty for several months.

The good news is that it does not have to be this way. Unless you decide to develop your basement by yourself, you can count on PLANit Builders to help build the basement of your dream without you having to worry about money.

We offer Calgary basement development financing options because we believe that everyone is entitled to the basement of their dreams. (Yes, this includes you.) If you are interested, we encourage you to request your free online quote today. Through several lenders in Calgary, you will find that we are able to approve 90% of our clients. You will also find that we are very flexible when it comes to payments. Not only do we allow for payments to be deferred up to six months (without any charge or penalty) – we also charge very little (from $99/month).

Sounds good? We think so! And the (other) good news is that as long as you own your house and are currently employed, then you are eligible to apply for one of our financing options. :-)

Thinking About Developing Your Basement? We Can Help

BasementBasement development is quickly gaining in popularity. Over the last few years it has become a world-wide phenomenon that only seems to be growing bigger by the year.

If you live in Edmonton or in surrounding areas and you are toying with the idea of developing your basement, we don’t recommend doing it by yourself. PLANiT Builders would be more than happy to lend you a hand.

We are an Edmonton basement development company with years of experience under our belt. Not only do we know basements — we also know people. As a result, we know how to provide our customers with high-quality basement renovations, and we know how to do it in a respectful manner. Have a busy schedule? Good — you can decide when you’d like us to come in and work on your basement! With us, you don’t have to worry about lack of professionalism. We treat our customers just the way we’d like to be treated.

So instead of worrying about us, you can sit back and dream of your future basement.

Basement development is a fascinating concept that constantly draws people in. After all, who said that basements had to be just that — basements? With the help of a basement development company (or unless you are really crafty) then you can literally turn your basement into anything you like. Sounds good? We thought so, too — and clearly thousands of people thought so as well!

(Oh and by the way, we also offer financing options. In other words, if you can’t afford the basement of your dreams just now, we will make sure that you can.)

When Do You Need to Remodel Your Basement?

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If you own a basement, then it is quite likely that at one point or another you have considered remodelling your basement.

This comes as no surprise. Every year, more and more people decide to abandon the long-held ideal that basements have to be “cold, dark and humid”. As those people begin to realize the incredible potential hidden under their house, numerous of them end up relying on the help of professional basement development companies.

However, developing a basement is not something that happens overnight. It is a continuous process that can take up to several months, sometimes years. What’s more, it has the potential to be quite costly and time-consuming. As a basement owner, how do you know “when” it’s the right time for you to remodel your basement?

The truth is that there is no definitive answer to that question as it depends on many, many factors. One such factor (and we really can’t ignore that one) is your budget. Maybe you’d like to transform your cold, dark and humid basement into the office of your dreams, but as long as you can’t afford it, then now is not the time to do it.

While many good and inexpensive basement development companies can be found online, the costs associated with remodelling your basement might still prove to be too much for you. This is why we recommend to choose a company that is able to work within your budget.

Several other factors could impact whether or not “now” is the time to remodel your basement, including your schedule and flexibility. Keep in mind that if you are relying on professionals, you will be welcoming them into your home for a while. If this is something that you can’t accept, then now is probably not the time to remodel your basement either. Similarly, if a member of your family is going through difficult times, then you might want to focus your mind elsewhere.

With that being said, any time is the perfect time to remodel your basement as long as you are ready to bear the burden on your shoulders. For a while at least, because you most likely won’t regret this decision.

Preventing Mold a After Basement Flood

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While most people think that the worst part about dealing with a basement flood is the subsequent removal of water, many could argue that it is in fact preventing mold from growing in the area. If you have been following us for a while you probably already know that we covered both mold and floods in the past, but never both at the same time. Today, we would like to take it one step further and teach you how to prevent mold after water damage.

Once the water has been completely removed from the room(s), it is absolutely crucial that you remove wet furnitures and items as quickly as possible. We recommend that you recruit help from your friends and family as mold tends to grow quickly after water damage. The  next step involves performing a thorough clean up of the area. If you are unsure of how to do this, you might want to refer to this Alberta Health Services guide. Remember that the quicker you act, the less damage there will be.

After having cleaned the area properly, ventilating the room(s) comes next. You can do that by installing fans, opening windows (assuming that the weather permits it) and installing a dehumidifier if you do now own one already. The goal is to get the air moving and to remove any excess moisture that might be present in the area.

Once you have completely eliminated the risk of mold growing in your basement, the next step involves returning the furnitures, items and carpets to their original places. Ensure that no mold is growing on the latter, especially on the carpets. We highly recommend hiring a carpet cleaner if absolute peace of mind is what you are looking for.