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Makeover Basement

Ideas, costs, tips and plans - the information you need for a successful Basement Makeover project

January 2014

Homeowners have many important questions about their Basement Makeover Project. How much will it cost? How long will it take? What problem areas do I need to watch out for? Can I recover my Basement Makeover investment when I sell? Can I do some of the work myself? What can I do to make sure that the work is done right?

Costs, materials and best practices for the example Basement Makeover project will help you answer these questions. Use this information to develop a budget, bid requirements, hiring contracts and a project plan.

Use the following information to understand your options, make good decisions and get quality work at a fair price.

Basement Makeover - Project Overview

The approximate costs and value of a typical Basement Makeover project are summarized below. Use higher estimates for larger metropolitan areas and the lower estimates where home prices are below the national average. Adjust costs for substitutions or refinements in the last section. For size differences of up to 25%, scale total costs in direct proportion to the size of your project. Use the adjusted costs as a basis for setting a material budget and for comparing contractor bids (if you choose to have a professional perform the work).

Project description Remodel basement living space. Update flooring, walls, switchplates and decorative hardware. Add built-in speakers, wall mounting system for flat screen television, crown molding and recessed lighting. Install new window treatments. Use above average grade of materials, fabrication and installation quality. Estimated costs do not include furniture and flat screen television.
Project size 568 square feet of renovation
Material and labor cost $8,685 - $10,133
Material cost $4,887 - $5,702
Do-it-yourself assessment The typical Basement Makeover project involves tasks that are best performed by experienced professionals. Good quality Basement Makeover requires considerable experience, skill and attention to detail. Do it yourself mistakes are noticeable, may be difficulty to remedy and may actually reduce the market value of the project and your home.
First year Return on Investment - ROI Returns vary widely and are affected by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A high quality Basement Makeover project in an appropriate neighborhood can return as much as 77% - 91% of its initial cost.
Long term Return on Investment - ROI Returns will be impacted by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A high quality Basement Makeover project can return as much as 67% - 78% of its initial cost
Green rating Basement Makeover projects can incorporate renewable or sustainable resources and environmentally friendly materials.

Basement Makeover - Proven Ideas and Project Tips

Review these tips, design suggestions, options and lessons learned before finalizing your Basement Makeover project plan.

Basement Makeover - Project Plan and Details

The following list includes major work tasks commonly performed during Basement Makeover. Use this list to understand the timing and sequence of different steps in the Basement Makeover project. Click any Task name for a complete written specifications, FAQs and quality checklist for the task - this essential information will help you control Basement Makeover project cost and quality.

Task Service Provider Duration Do-it-yourself difficulty Target cost
Develop Basement Ideas Interior Designer 5 to 15 d Level 4 - Pros Only $380 - $635
Waterproof Basement General Contractor 2 to 15 d Level 2 - Challenging $140 - $234
Remove Flooring Demolition Laborer 1 d Level 1 - Basic $1.25 - $2.09 per square foot
Remove Paneling Demolition Laborer 1 d Level 1 - Basic $0.38 - $0.63 per square foot
Prepare Basement Flooring Flooring Contractor 1 d Level 2 - Challenging $9.35 - $16.29 per square foot
Frame Basement Walls Carpenter 1 to 2 d Level 2 - Challenging $4.55 - $8.23 per square foot
Install Stairway Handrail Finish Carpenter 1 d Level 2 - Challenging $15.50 - $26.16 per linear foot
Install Engineered Wood Floor Flooring Contractor 1 to 2 d Level 2 - Challenging $8.53 - $15.36 per square foot
Hang Prehung Door Finish Carpenter 1 d Level 3 - Complex, Difficult $280 - $499 per door
Repair Wall Drywall and Plaster Contractor 1 to 3 d Level 2 - Challenging $34 - $60
Install Crown Molding Finish Carpenter 1 to 2 d Level 2 - Challenging $3.75 - $6.62 per linear foot
Install Baseboard Finish Carpenter 1 to 2 d Level 2 - Challenging $3.35 - $5.82 per linear foot
Install Window Blinds Finish Carpenter 1 d Level 1 - Basic $83 - $149
Replace Electrical Outlet Electrician 1 d Level 2 - Challenging $45 - $77
Install Track Lighting Electrician 1 to 2 d Level 2 - Challenging $317 - $542
Paint Rooms Painting Contractor 1 to 3 d Level 2 - Challenging $0.66 - $1.13 per square foot
Paint Door Painting Contractor 1 to 3 d Level 2 - Challenging $99 - $166
Install Wall Lighting Electrician 1 to 2 d Level 2 - Challenging $230 - $407
Install Light Switch Electrician 1 d Level 2 - Challenging $98 - $165
Install Ceiling Speakers Electrician 1 d Level 2 - Challenging $128 - $226 per speaker


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