Are you looking at a prospective house which has a basement that is unfinished? It can be a tough choice to make for anyone who is looking at becoming a homeowner. If you haven’t thought about finished or unfinished basements in the past, you should consider it now.
Buying a House with an Unfinished Basement
An unfinished basement can be inconvenient in many ways, and may lead to people making decisions based on whether it is finished or now. But when you put it into perspective, a basement is extremely easy (albeit time-consuming) to finish. So when you are thinking about the resale value and the overall pleasure that the house will bring you, it isn’t out of the question that you would be able to finish the basement at a later date.
If you don’t have a reason that you would use the basement, it shouldn’t matter to you whether it is finished or not. If this is the case, then the only reason you would want to finish it at a later date is to increase the resale value of the home (or if your situation changes and you all of a sudden would like to have a finished basement).
However, if you have a number of people in your family that outweighs the number of bedrooms, or if you frequently have guests in your home, a finished basement could be more important. On the flip side, you could have reasons for wanting it unfinished, if you have a young pet or children who would like a game room.
Reasons to Finish an Unfinished Basement
However, you should never look at your basement situation as permanent. If you devote just 1 weekend in the future to finishing up the room, you will be able to enjoy those benefits. The resources include just a few tool, lumber, and drywall, and the cost of it will definitely be less than the value it will add to your house.
If you should need to resell your house at a later date, the fact that the basement is finished will attract more people who are willing to pay significantly more for it. This is a good reason to finish your basement even if you don’t immediately need the room for actual usage.
If you decide that you want to change your mind at a later date after you have purchased the house, you can still finish the basement. The steps are very easy. First you need to purchase the lumber and the tools that you will be using. Next, you will assemble the frames within the room and erect them.
After that, you will put drywall on the walls, texture them, and paint them. For one room, you can expect to spend a week or two of work in your efforts to bring it up to par. It will also give you some experience with aspects of construction, and allow you to be able to say that you are able to finish a room.
So even if you are looking at a house with an unfinished basement, you shouldn’t let this act as a deterrent to buying it. There are many reasons why an unfinished basement can be beneficial to someone, as well as reasons why they can finish it at a later date.