Let’s look at some ways in which you could make your house more valuable by making improvements to the basement.
First: The Value of a Finished Basement
Getting your basement finished can be among the most valuable improvements a homeowner can make. Beyond being a more enjoyable area of the house to spend time in, a basement that’s finished can increase your square footage of livable space, potentially raising your house’s value. You should be able to find the building materials you need at discount stores.
(Get some more thoughts on the nature of a finished basement’s value in this 2019 article.)
Add a Bathroom in Your Home’s Basement
Raise your home’s value by putting in one more bathroom. A second bathroom, particularly when not on the same floor as the existing bathroom, proves very convenient when you have family or guests over. It is not unlikely that more than one household member will need access to the bathroom at the same time, and that’s often reflected when you go to sell your house.
Plan Basement Lighting Well
In some houses, basements often lack natural lighting. Plan the lighting in the basement of your home well if you want it to be usable. If you have some luck, you will have a basement with high walls that stick out above ground level. If this is the case, putting in windows might be an option.
Stain Concrete Floors in Your Basement
To give your basement a nice new look, you should consider staining your concrete floors. Stained concrete floors are not as expensive as replacing them; the look is also very stylish. In addition, adding stain to a floor can make it easier to clean. A glossy stain is always a great choice. That will give your floors a look that is far more expensive than your floors actually are.
Build a Bar in Your Home’s Basement
Having a bar in your basement might be the type of investment in the home that someone will take great joy in doing. Designing your own bar to go downstairs in your house, as with designing anything, can turn into quite a feat of accomplishment as you see your dream become reality. However, if the decision is made to build the home bar, it can improve the home. There are many approaches to take, but a bar is a great idea for a home renovation project that could be very appealing to a future homebuyer.
Of course, whether you are looking into fixing up your basement or any other DIY home renovation, be mindful of your environment. Only tackle upgrades that fit the overall picture. Improvements that don’t make sense include anything that isn’t conducive to the climate in which you live. Do what is desired to make your house both more valuable and more comfortable—but be realistic about your true needs.