Have you ever noticed how much more dark and more dismal a basement can seem during the winter months? Winter is an excellent time to renovate it. Contractors and renovation professionals are not doing outdoor renovations and so have time for interior work. As well, you could probably use more functional living space when the outdoors is less inviting. A renovation can supply this space.
Basements may also sneak by in terms of needed repairs, given that sometimes they are the least used area of the house and, in the case of unfinished basements, so utilitarian. They become a place to store sports equipment and all those boxes from the last move that you never got around to unpacking. But basements hold many key areas which are important for the functioning of the entire building, including the furnace, hot water heater, air conditioner, central vacuum, electrical circuitry, internal and external water shut offs. If there are any foundation problems, the basement is where they will show up first. Repair and renovation go hand in hand. In the next couple of blogs we will look at this two-part process.