Home buyers are usually delighted to have extra space until they find out it’s in the form of a basement. Then their excitement is replaced by apprehension because this space is often difficult to maintain, or can easily get used as a dumping ground for old items are no longer wanted in the rest of the house. However, your basement doesn’t have to be such a problem. In fact, you can easily deal with these issues just read on to see how.
Depending on your location, you may struggle with water in the basement area. Having a flooded basement obviously isn’t good, because standing water can be a real health hazard, as can the damp that is left behind when it is finally dried out. Luckily, there is a solution to this very frequent and common problem, and it is installing waterproofing in the space.
Basement waterproofing is such a practical solution to this problem because it prevents any more water getting in. Something that means anything you store down there is safe from water or damp damage, as well as improving the more general living conditions in your home.
The next issue you may come across is you have a basement is that it is where everything that no longer has a space in your home is stuffed to keep it out of the way. Unfortunately, this means the basement space can easily become a cluttered area overridden with items that really could just be thrown in the trash or taken to the landfill.
Obviously, the best thing to do here is to not get into this situation in the first place, but as we are only human and the temptation to take the quickest and easiest solution is always so strong, this may not be what happens.
That means if you do find yourself in clutter hell the best thing to is clear it out. To do this is can be useful to hire a van to transports all the old furniture and items to the goodwill shop or landfill site, something that is definitely worth the small investment to free up that space.
Waste of space
Talking of space, another major issue that basements seem to cause is that homeowners feel like they are wasting the space down there. However, if you have completed the steps above and made sure that the place is dry, you can easily begin a basement conversion and make it into another room.
In fact, many basements are successfully used for gaming rooms for the kids, home offices, music practice rooms, and even home cinemas once they have been decorated and had a heater installed. Proving that there is no real reason to let this type of space go to waste.
One thing that you don’t want in your basement is for it to be full of uninvited guests. I’m talking about the guests that squeak and have tails, although basements seem to be a bit of a haven for creepy crawlies as well.
Mice in the basement can really get you down.
With this in mind, it is a good idea to consult some pest removal guides like this one or get a professional team in to rid your space of any rodent or insects that are unwanted. Otherwise, you could end up finding them throughout the rest of the house, and that will get you down in the dumps.
Disclosure: This is a contributed post.