Your Basement Renovation:
What to Expect

A basement renovation can be one of the best ways to improve the function of a home and there is no reason to be overwhelmed thinking about it anymore.

Basement Renovation of a Playroom

When you walk into your basement and think about the amount of work that needs to be done before you have a complete renovated and functional space,  It is easy to feel overwhelmed, especially if you aren’t certain what to expect as the renovation process begins. Keep reading to learn about some of the things you can look forward to as you proceed with this change to your home.

A Detailed Plan

Toolbox Renovations can assist you to put together a detailed plan of your basement project and estimate costs that fit your general budget expectations. You may want to do some of the work yourself and simply need assistance and direction with portions of the project, such as job costing, material selection, subcontractors or planning. Whatever your needs we can help you achieve the final result. 

You should get multiple quotes if you don’t feel comfortable with the first, so that you can fully commit to one company once they are ready to proceed. Ask questions during planning so that you understand the timetable expected and how the work may interfere with your daily life. Consistency with your Detailed Plan is very important so that each contractor has the same information to provide quotes on.  

Open Communication

If you are working with professionals to complete the work for your basement renovation, you should expect company representatives to communicate openly about the work being completed. You need to  be able to ask questions regarding the timeline, the budget, the overall process and potential overruns.

This communication should extend beyond completion of the work. You can expect any professional remodeling service to follow-up with you after a short period of time. As you adjust to having the renovated space in your home, you may find things that were not completed properly or that do not suit your needs. You can expect the professionals to listen and follow-up with all of your concerns.

Unexpected Setbacks

Right from the start, you can expect some type of setback to put your project behind schedule, over budget, or both. You may discover unexpected problems that need to be fixed before you can finish the basement renovation. Materials that you planned to reuse may turn out to be in poor condition, which requires you to purchase new materials. There are many things that can go wrong at some point, so be realistic and open minded. It will be far easier to handle those things when they do occur if you expect them. Always leave yourself with a financial buffer for the unexpected.  Usually 5-10% of the total budget is left available for the unexpected or changes.  And at the end you may be pleasantly surprised that you are under budget.

A Functional, Valuable Space

In the end, you can look forward to a basement space that adds value to your home and contributes functionality to your overall household. Whether you are adding sleeping space or creating a space where household members can relax and enjoy their time at home, you will end up with a home addition that benefits you and your family in meaningful ways.

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