Calgary Basement Development: 3 Signs It’s Time To Remodel Your Basement

PictureWhen you think of your basement, does the word “moldy” come to mind? If it does, it might be time to remodel your basement. If you live in Calgary, here are 3 signs it’s time to hire a Calgary basement development company such as PLANit Builders:

  1. It’s moldy, dark, cold… And anything else that instills fear and disgust in you. Yes, basements are traditionally dark and damp. But that doesn’t mean they HAVE to be this way! We live in the 21st century, and today, a basement can be anything. A personal in-home gym? You said it! An office? Of course! When it comes to Calgary basement development, the sky truly is the limit.
  2. Everyone you know is renovating their basement… except you. Don’t get us wrong: Peer pressure is bad — in most cases. ;) As we have said numerous times in the past, basement development is quickly gaining in popularity in Calgary and surrounding areas. As a result, there’s a good chance that you know at least one person who is renovating their basement or who has done so in the past. If everyone you know is doing it, what prevents you from doing it too?
  3. When you think of your basement, you only think of it as storage place. Here’s some food for you: Your basement most likely makes up between 15-20% of your home’s total area. Looking at it this way, do you see what’s wrong with using your basement as a simple “storage place”? Think of the vast, empty space that lies beneath your feet — and how amazing it would be to turn that space into something you’d actually use!

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.

How to Choose the Perfect Basement Development Company

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Has the idea of developing your basement piqued your interest? While it might sound like a good idea at first (and it is most of the time), it is still wise to know what you are getting yourself into beforehand. Naturally, the first thing that you will have to do is choose the right basement development company to work with.

If you think about it for a moment, remodelling your basement is a big investment. Not only does it have the potential to increase the resale value of your home dramatically: It also has the potential to affect your life and that of your family for many, many years to come. Whether the finished product ends up affecting you for the better or for the worse will depend mostly on the basement development company in charge of remodelling your basement.

(Not to mention the numerous things that could go wrong during the remodelling process.)

So how do you know which company to choose? Quite simply, it all depends on how well you do your research. Always listen to the opinion of other people: Companies can lie but customers do not. Many websites online offer people the opportunity to leave reviews detailing their experience with basement development companies. Learn to sift through the good and the bad companies by relying on those reviews.

There are a few questions that you should always ask a prospective company as well. For one, you should educate yourself on what kind of qualifications a good company should have and ensure that they have such qualifications. Remember that the more questions you ask, the better. There should be a good amount of trust between you and the company and it should reflect in the way they engage you as a customer. If you want, don’t be shy to ask for references.

Finally, don’t settle on the first good company that you find. Keep searching and searching until you are certain that the one you have chosen will be able to make your dream basement come to life.

What Causes Mould in Basements?

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As you probably already know by now, basements have a reputation of being dark, cold and… mouldy. The good news is that basements don’t have to be like this. For many people, this is when basement development companies come into play. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to afford the services of such companies. For those people, dealing with mould in their basement should be a priority. Not only can mould damage the structure of a basement: It can even prove to be dangerous to the health of young children and people with weak immune systems.

But where does mould come from? What causes mould in basements? The answer to those questions is fairly simple: humidity. Because basements do not receive much sunlight and have very little ventilation, humidity tends to take hold of them. This humidity, coupled with the condensation caused by cold temperatures are the major culprits behind mould growth. If you suffer from a humid basement, we encourage you to take a look at one of our earlier blog posts to learn how you can prevent humidity.

Another major culprit in mould growth is basement floods. After a flood, the best thing to do is to contact a professional water damage company. It is important to keep your basement dry and to remove and clean items that were previously stored in your basement.

The worst part about mould is that when it starts to grow, it can go unnoticed for a very long time. Depending on the type of mould that can be found in your basement, it can spread a lot, and it can spread quickly. We therefore recommend that you clean your basement on a regular basis. With proper cleaning, heating and ventilation, there is no reason why your basement should fall into the “dark, cold and mouldy” category any longer.

Increase Your Living Space by Renovating Your Basement…

The basement is often neglected and regarded as a dank, dull place though it can be renovated to increase living space. This process requires good planning, imagination and investment in both time and money as well as the expertise of a good contractor. It’s a win-win situation because at the end of the day, your home’s resale value increases.

Why you should hire a professional

Most people who choose to undertake a basement renovation project tend to attempt DIY (do-it-yourself). Never assume that since you are skilled in carpentry, plumbing or painting, you can tackle the routine on your own. A pro will always do it better. In fact they will offer you a warranty on the repairs. With a company like Planit Builders you can be assured of good results. As a matter of fact, they have been BBB accredited since 05/11/2008. This means that they offer top-notch services and respond fast to complaints filed against them.

Getting the project rolling

The first step in basement renovation in planning. Here, you are expected to contact the contractor for a quote after which you analyze what needs to be done where. Always remember to work within the limits of your budget. Get all the materials needed on the walls, ceiling and floor. Next, clear the basement and stack all items in boxes then seal electric sockets to prevent paint from clogging them.

Toying with different options

Basement renovation can involve anything – from waterproof flooring to lighting to painting to installation of drywalls. If you notice that your basement is prone to high levels of moisture then consider waterproof flooring. This protects your rugs and carpets from mold. Since basement ceilings are low, you can have mirrors placed in strategic places to create an illusion of depth or have the floor excavated. The paintjob and other decorations come in later on. Contact Planit Builders today if you have any questions about basement renovations.