Basement finishing, should you do it yourself?

By Matt - Last updated: Monday, March 2, 2009 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

OK, you have been dreaming of finishing that basement for years now, right?. Every time your family, or friends come over you talk about where your home theater room will be, or where the pool table is going to go, and so on.

Now I know homeowners want to finish their own basements to save money, and more power to you if it can be done. But before borrow your friends truck and head to Home Depot to load it up full of materials I’d like to offer some tips/advice.

1. Many home owner finished basements I have seen are not top quality. In some cases our company has torn out all existing work performed and started over.

2. If you plan to sell your home in the future, buyers will notice the quality of work performed, and this could make, or break the sale of your home. Talk to some real estate agents and get opinions.

3. Real estate appraisers may not give you top dollar for work not permitted, or completed to code.

4. Home buyers today due hire home inspectors, who will point out issues such as structural, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, etc.

5. Most General contractors have been working in the industry for years and have developed relationships with suppliers/sub-contractors. For example: If you tried to hire my plumber, electrician, or framer they will charge you more money to do the same job. The money General Contractors make is basically the money you would spend on hiring the sub-contractors yourself. So, basically in the end you will get quality work, pay the same price, have more time to spend with your family, and much less headache to deal with.

 If you still choose to finish your own basement instead of hiring a professional here is the order of items that will need to be completed. Please consult your local building codes/laws always before attempting any work, even by a licensed/professional contractor.

1. Basement Layout & Design

2. Permits

3. Framing

4. Plumbing

5. Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)

6. Electrical

7. Sheetrock/Drywall

8. Prime Sheetrock

9. Trim: Doors, Windows, Base, Crown Molding, Entertainment Centers, Etc.

10. Painting: Caulking, Putty, Wood Filler, Etc.

11. Kitchen Cabinets, Bar, Bathroom Vanities, Etc.

12. Counter tops: Granite, Marble, Laminate, Tile, Etc.

13. Flooring: Tile, Hardwood, Carpet, Vinyl, Etc.

14. Final Plumbing: Toilets, Sinks, Fixtures, Etc.

15. Final Electrical: Switches, Receptacles, Fans, Cans, Lighting, Etc.

16. Final HVAC: Unit start up, Installing grills, Etc.

17. Final Trim: Install shoe molding, tie in misc. trim, Etc.

18. Hardware: Cabinet pulls, door knobs, door bumps, mirrors, blinds, bathroom accessories.

19. Final paint touch up.

20. Cleaning

Thanks for reading

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