Calgary Basement Development: 3 Common Questions Answered

PictureLove it or hate it, Calgary basement development is here to stay. Don’t believe us? Just ask any of our clients who have had the opportunity to work with us in 2015. They’ll tell you exactly what we just told you.

If you are new to the world of Calgary basement development, then here are 3 commonly asked questions and their answers:

  1. How expensive is Calgary basement development?¬†Regardless of what your opinion on money is, there is one thing that doesn’t change: You need money to survive. And you need money to renovate your basement. But how much money do you exactly need? Unfortunately, there is no “one-size-fits-all” answer to that question because it depends on the company that you are hiring. Keep in mind, however, that many of them (including PLANit Builders) offer financing options. So if your budget will be tight in 2016, you can always resort to that!
  2. What can I do with my basement?¬†If you are here, chances are that your basement is cold, dark and moldy. But here’s the thing: It doesn’t have to be that way. Your basement can be anything you want it to be, from a guest bedroom to your own in-home gym. If you can dream it, we can build it.
  3. What company should I hire? In Calgary, you will soon come to realize that there are many basement development companies. Which one you end up hiring depends on many things, among them your budget and what you would like the end results to be. Generally we encourage people like you to request a free in-home quote from us to give them an idea of what working with us would be like. Of course though we aren’t the only company in Calgary to offer free in-home quotes, so feel free to start with any that you feel would work for you.

Good luck!

Should You Hire a Basement Development Company?

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If the idea of developing your basement has caught your attention, there are a few things that you should take into consideration before venturing into the world of basement development. One of these things includes whether or not you are interested in hiring a basement development company.

Don’t get us wrong — renovating your basement by yourself is perfectly doable. Plenty of people have done it and plenty of people do it each year. But before deciding whether or not this path is for you, you have to realize that hiring a company takes a LOT of stress off of your shoulders. Sure, it might be more expensive than renovating your basement by yourself, but you are guaranteed a quality, finished product. (No, we are not insulting your skills! But as we like to say, it’s always better to leave it to professionals.)

Hiring a company also means that you have a whole team of professionals at hand — including designers. You might be good at renovating, but you are bound to run into a problem or two down the road if you don’t know much about design! Further to that, you don’t have to worry about organizing your project. All of this will be taken care of by the company in charge of your basement.

So to answer the original question, we do recommend that you hire a basement development company. Developing your basement is a big investment and it should always be treated as such. But with that being said, there is absolutely nothing wrong with remodelling your basement by yourself. It can be a lot of fun and can even teach you a thing or two! (Just make sure to be safe and to have a few people around.)

How to Prepare Your Basement for Summer Storms

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With summer right around the corner, it is important to prepare your basement against the possibly of summer storms. While the severity of those summer storms may vary from province to province, nobody is truly immune to them. If you are unprepared, the damages could prove to both incredibly expensive and time-consuming.

So without further ado, here is how to prepare your basement for summer storms:

1. Check your basement for cracks in the foundation walls. You might want to consult this wonderful guide if you are unsure of how to repair those cracks.

2. Do not store valuables or emergency equipment in your basement. While this might sound obvious, some people still fail to follow this step.

3. Regularly check that your sump pump is working properly. Also note that sump pump do not work without electricity. As such, we recommend that you equip yourself with a backup generator.

4. During a severe storm, reposition your downspout to direct water away from the foundation of your home. However, if your property is surrounded by trees you might want to do that before the storm strikes.

5. Ensure that your eavestroughs are clear and free of debris. Clogged eavestroughs often cause rainwater to run down the sides of a house, ultimately accumulating in the basement.

6. The day before a storm is expected, move electronic equipment out of your basement, if possible.

7. Finally, we also recommend that you familiarize yourself with what to do in the event of a basement flood. The most important thing that you have to remember is to protect yourself against electric shock. Do not, under any circumstances, enter a flooded basement without rubber boots.

Plenty of information can be found on the city of Calgary’s website regarding storm season. Remember that prevention is always key.