One of the best things about having a basement is that it comes with all kinds of possibilities. Sure, you could use it as a simple storage space for your seasonal items and your washer and dryer. Or, you could totally remodel it into something like a guest bedroom, an entertainment area or a bonus room for your kids to hang out with their friends.
In order to totally renovate the space though, it’s going to require a significant amount of remodeling. And in order to do that, you’re going to need to get your basement organized. That’s why we wanted to take out a moment to provide you with five tips for how you can get your basement prepped to be renovated. If you follow these suggestions, remodeling your basement won’t be as hard as you might (initially) expect.
Get some plastic storage bins. Before you even get started, it’s a good idea to already have some storage items on hand. Some of these things would include some plastic storage bins, some recycled cardboard boxes, some labels, a marker and some tape (preferably masking tape). If you already have these things on hand, it will save you time once you get started.
Take out the trash. It’s pretty rare that people will not go through their basement and realize that they have some old items that they really don’t want any longer. Well, being that you’re about to remodel, this would be the ideal time to throw the items out or give the items away. Look at it this way: the more you get rid of, the less you’ll have to clean up later.
Think about what doesn’t really serve a purpose. By that we mean this: There are some things that we tend to hold onto that are in perfectly good condition but really aren’t serving a purpose anymore. One thing that immediately comes to mind is some of your kids’ old toys. There’s a general rule with interior decorators: If you haven’t used something in a year, then you probably aren’t going to again so you might as well get rid of it.
Designate proper spots for what’s left. Once you’ve gotten all of the trash out, then look around to see what’s left. If you have boxes of clothes or some yard supplies, consider putting them in your garage or even your attic. Just make sure that whatever is in a box that you properly label it so that you can easily go through everything once the remodeling is done.
Conduct an energy audit. If you’ve never conducted an energy audit before, it’s one of the best things you can do for every room in your house. That’s because it can help you to detect potential issues like diagnosing HVAC problems, finding water leaks and figuring out if you have cracks in your doors or windows. The reason why we put this on the list for organizing your basement is because by knowing how to make it more energy efficient, that will help you to remodel the space in such a way that will save you time and money. That’s always a big priority when you’re in the process of remodeling. For more information on how to conduct your own energy audit, visit Energy.gov and put “DIY energy audit” in the search field.