Lurking beneath your feet is storage, or living space just waiting to be enjoyed. Before you reclaim your basement to turn it into more functional space, you should consult with a basement waterproofing professional to assure there are no moisture issues.
Once you’re sure your basement doesn’t have any water issues or damage, it’s time to clean and organize! Here are a few tips:
- Take everything out. It’s easier to start with a clean slate than it is to simply sort through items. Additionally, taking everything out will make it easier for a basement waterproofing professional to inspect it for water issues if you do so before the inspection.
- Once you’ve removed everything, sort through it and get rid of items you no longer need or use. Before you bring items back into the house, determine the type of storage you want to install in the basement. Do you want shelves? If so, metal or wooden? Do you want built in storage in the form of furniture that doubles as storage?
- Determine what you want, or need to store in the basement. If you’re storing out of season clothing, it will require different types of storage than seasonal decorations. Make sure there is space between your storage units and the wall and floor so that air can circulate.
- You may want to keep your items up off the floor in the event there is a flood situation in the basement – it can happen even after you’ve reclaimed the space. Should your power fail, the sump pump won’t be able to address water entering in the home. You may want to consider investing in Smart Power Battery Backup. Smart Power® will protect a home by automatically turning on when AC power fails.
- Before you make any major remodeling decisions, consider how you want to use the room. An additional sleeping area? An in-law apartment? A man cave? Sewing room? Play space for the children? Home gym? Once you know how you want to ultimately use it you can determine how you will decorate and what items you will need to purchase to make the room usable.
- Organize the items you’re storing in the basement by season or type of item. Use see- through storage containers and label them so you know what’s in them. It will make it easier when you want to find something.
- Cubbies are ideal for storage because they offer flexibility, are stackable and easy to move when your needs for the room change. Baskets are also great storage containers. They add to the décor of the room and are also moveable.
- Don’t forget to reclaim the space under the stairs. It can make a lovely book nook or reading area or a closet for out of season jackets or boots and shoes.