30 Nov
A Step-By-Step Guide For Converting A Basement Into A Self-Sufficient Apartment

Have you been thinking of adding more usage to your basement? Why not convert it into an apartment unit that is self sufficient? This endeavour will not merely make your basement more useful. It will definitely add value to your home in case you think of reselling it in the future or if you want to rent it out to tenants later on.

There are indeed a lot of benefits you will get when it comes to converting your basement into an apartment. However, the question now is: How can you start with everything? The following steps will make you turn this dream into reality.

1. Carefully plan the entire job

You need plenty of time when it comes to planning the conversion. You have to take into account that zoning laws, fire codes as well as building codes need to be brought to mind. During this stage of the process, you may need the help of a licensed general contractor who will help you have a rundown of all safety concerns relating to converting your basement into an apartment.

2. Setup your budget

Considering money is one of the first steps that have to be considered when it comes to making that basement conversion. During this stage of the process, you should be able to recognise how much money you can allocate for the entire project. It would be good to discuss your budget matters with a consultant, specifically those that handle remodelling just so you can be sure you have included all that is needed in the budget plan you have made.

3. Make basement inspections

Inspect your basement to know whether you will need professional help for the job or not. In case your basement has already met the local building code's requirements when it comes to living space then you might skip seeking professional help. When you discover however that your basement has a poor structure with lowered ceilings as well as mould and moistures found on many spots, you may need to hire a contractor. Likewise, you will need their help when you find out that your basement has no emergency windows or exits or when you discover that there are cracks basically on the foundation and the room's floor.

4. Make sure you have resolved all structural issues before you begin with the conversion

You should focus on concerns such as those that do not meet humidity and ventilation regulations as well as those that involve mould issues and foundation weakness. Make sure that your plumbing systems and electrical wirings are also working accordingly. Ensure that emergency exits have been installed in order to meet fire codes. Smoke detectors should also be functioning properly. These are the basic things you need to consider when it comes to structural renovations.

5. Install your flooring

Yes, once you have done step 4, it will now be easier to move on with the task. This is now the time to rejoice and be glad that you will be facing the simpler facets of the conversion process. Part of these simple tasks is installing vinyl floors. Vinyl floors are easy to install and are of course, easier to maintain too when compared to other types of flooring.  

6. Paint the walls and ceilings

Another simple task would be painting your walls and ceilings. You can mix and match colours, preferably blend in some neutral colours that will be more attractive to your prospective tenants (just in case you are thinking of renting out that newly-converted basement to other people).  The paint combinations should neither be too cold nor too warm but a mixture of both will truly work well together.

7. Make some finishing touches

After you have endeavoured to do your own part of the task, that is to install the flooring and paint the walls and ceilings, you can now make some finishing touches to the entire project. What you need to focus on now is to clean the work area paying particular attention to spots and stains that were left from installation and painting. You should also replace malfunctioning light bulbs. If you need to re-inspect everything, do it now. Add some decorations and furnishings too if you desire.

8. Enjoy your newly-converted basement

Now you have a new apartment right inside your home. Whether you want to use it for yourself or you opt to rent it out to a tenant, it would be good to indulge in the new space. By living in it, you can discover what is still lacking in the space or if you have missed some small details during the course of the conversion.

Nothing beats the fulfillment you get once you have seen that old basement converted into an appealing apartment. To make it work favourably to your taste, it would be good to ask experts to do the job of renovating for you. Doing so can lessen all the hassles and remove the burden on your shoulders.

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