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  • Basement Remodeling: How much does it cost and how to save money?

    On average, finishing a basement will set you back $68,490. You may be thinking, “HOLY COW! There’s no way I can afford that!”, but let me put it this way for you: according to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value calculations, you’ll recoup an average of 70.4% of your costs when you sell, doesn’t seem overwhelming now, does it?

    There are five big factors that affect the cost of a basement remodel.

    1. How big is your basement? The finished square feet of your basement affects almost every cost related to basement finishing from framing to drywall. It’s probably the biggest factor in determining the cost of a basement.
    2. Cost of labor will vary depending on the location that you live. For example New York, is almost double the price of a remodel that takes place in Tennessee. You can always elect to do it yourself.
    3. Want an extra bathroom? An extra bathroom can help your family function just a little bit smoother. Add about 5k to your cost for a regular full bathroom. Add extra for the luxurious amenities.
    4. Have an extra exit? Is there another way out besides the stairs? If not you’ll have to build one and that means expensive guys with backhoes digging up your yard and breaking up part of your basement wall.
    5. Getting rid of the cement floor? Flooring options can add a grand or two depending on what you get.

    How to save on the cost of a basement remodel.

    • You do the painting – Grab your painting clothes, and get busy. Doing your own painting is not only cost saving, but you can also get the whole family involved.
    • Do your own trim-work – Installing your own trim or molding could save you about $500 toward the cost of your basement.
    • Be your own general contractor – You can save thousands just by doing most of the work yourself, and bribing the family for free labor won’t hurt either.
    • Remodel in the winter – There are so many benefits for completing this remodeling project in the winter, especially if you’re not doing the work. From good prices and contractor scheduling, winter is a great time for completing your basement.

    Need an extra hand in finishing? Contact us today!


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  • Paint chips - remodeling your home in winter Winter: The Perfect Time for Remodeling

    Always have that remodeling project on the back-burner, waiting for the perfect time that never comes?

    Projects that are perfect for those snowy and cold winter months are basement remodels, kitchen updates, new lighting, and painting. Well winter is that time to get them done and here’s five reasons why!

    Convenient Project Scheduling

    Contractors are less busy in the winter months, and interior projects are a lot easier for them to schedule. Exterior projects are limited in the winter freeing up time for more projects that include painting, flooring, lighting and plumbing.

    Paint chips - remodeling your home in winter

    Contractor Availability

    During the winter, contractors have more time to work with you one on one to prefect your project. Therefore, it’s a great time to refine those last-minute details and get your project underway.

    Call today for your free estimate.

    Avoid Manufacturer Spring Price Increases

    This is the best time to find what you need for your project. Many manufactures and businesses have close-out prices and special offers to help reduce inventory, to make way for the new spring inventory. Typically, you will see an increase in prices for lumber products, and the new window/cabinet lines.

    Permit Approvals

    Fun fact, government agencies are usually less busy in winter, which makes it a lot easier and quicker for contractors to obtain the necessary permits for your remodeling projects.

    Vacation Time

    If your planning your winter getaway to the nice warm beach, it might be the perfect time to plan your remodeling project. Planning your project to get done while away on vacation, allows you to avoid any disruption from daily activities.