The Pros and Cons of a Finished Basement

What’s in your unfinished basement? Likely the larger components of your home’s plumbing and HVAC systems take up a good deal of space. Perhaps a washer and dryer, sump pump, maybe even an extra fridge or freezer. What about the rest of the space?

If your basement serves as a storage area for out of season clothing, decorations, and old, broken furniture, you could be wasting a lot of useful space.

Wondering if finishing part of your basement is the right move for you? Here are some factors to consider.

The Pros of a Finished Basement

Increased home value. If you’re planning to sell your home soon, you know that adding value leads to a greater return on investment. A finished basement is just one such way to accomplish that goal. Most potential buyers like the idea of extra space that they can use as a home office, rec room, home gym, or however they see fit. And even if selling is not on your radar, one can never have too much usable space.

It’s versatile. You can design the space to be whatever you want. Maybe your kids need a dedicated area for remote learning, or you have frequent overnight guests who would rather have a private space to crash instead of your living room sofa.The sky’s the limit.

Perfect for loud activities. Are your neighbors always complaining about your teen’s loud drum or saxophone lessons? Do you or your spouse get a little too boisterous when cheering on your favorite team? Take those and other noise-producing activities below ground where sounds are instantly muffled.

Expand the size of your home. Expanding the size of your home upwards or outwards can be costly or prohibitive due to your home’s design, lot size, and even town ordinances. But finishing space you already have can increase the size of your home without those same concerns.

The Cons of a Finished Basement

Lack of natural light. Aside from walk-out basements, most are on the dark side due to a lack or shortage of windows. To counter that, be sure to plan out the lighting scheme carefully, layering in task, ambient, and accent lighting depending on how the space will be used.

Moisture can be an issue. At least partially underground, basements can have moisture and humidity issues, which can lead to musty odors and mold growth. Investing in waterproofing, a sump pump, and a dehumidifier can help keep moisture under control.

Reduces access to electrical and plumbing lines. An unfinished basement makes for easy access to mechanicals, electrical, and plumbing. But once walls and ceilings are finished, accessing them often means cutting through drywall.One solution is to add a drop ceiling with panels that can be moved if needed and installing removable wall panels over important access points.

At Pann Home Services, we are more than your local plumbing, heating, and cooling resource. We offer home remodeling services from attics to zen-perfect quarters, and just about everything in between. Contact us today for a free in-home consultation on finishing your basement or any other remodeling project.