Tips for Finishing a Basement

As we prepare for the end of summer and the beginning of fall, it's time to turn that unfinished area in your basement into finished usable space. A properly designed and finished basement can turn your basement into a variety of usable rooms, as well as add value to your home.

Many homeowners choose to finish their basement on their own to save on the cost. While this method can be effective, it is important to make sure that electrical wiring in the area to be finished is completed by a licensed electrician. According the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 47,820 reported home structure fires involving electrical failure or malfunction from 2007 to 2011. These fires resulted in 455 civilian deaths, 1,518 civilian injuries, and $1.5 billion in direct property damage. While finishing a basement on a budget is preferable, the added cost for a licensed electrician is minimal in comparison to the possible loss of property due to faulty wiring.

It is also important to make sure that the electrical contractor that you select has a proven track record. If something does not function properly or you want to add something else later, you want to feel confident that the company will still be in business and can come back to your house if needed.

Once the HVAC ducts and plumbing pipes have been installed, the electrical wiring needs to be installed. Don't forget to have the electrician pre-wire for surround sound speakers (if your design calls for them) to keep unsightly wires out of sight. After the electrical wiring has been installed,you can move to installing drywall, flooring, and your trim work. Before you know it, you'll have that movie room, bar, office, or home gym that you've always wanted!

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