Is your basement currently unsightly? Do you try to steer clear of heading downstairs, unless you have to throw in a load of laundry or dig something out of storage? Tom’s Best Quality Remodeling of Schaumburg, IL, recommends that you turn that creepy, outdated, or unused space into a livable area for you and your family. Consider the following benefits of basement finishing from Tom’s Best.

Add living space.

Probably the most obvious value to basement finishing is turning that not-often-visited space into usable space for you, your family, and friends. Whether you decide to finish your basement into living space, bedrooms, or even a wet bar, the space will certainly be more functional.

Increase the resale value of your home.

Remodeling’s 2013 Cost Vs. Value Report included basement finishing in its top-10 projects that add value to your home during resale. Remodeling indicated that finishing your basement gives homeowners approximately a 70.3% return on investment. Note that this return can vary based on location, so talk to a local realtor to get data specific to your area.

Expand your storage options.

When in the design stage of your basement finishing, think about how you want to use the space, and how your personal items can best be stored. For example, if you plan on creating a family room or media room, consider adding a built-in entertainment center with media storage into your design. Or, if you plan on turning your basement into a kids’ play area, be sure to create spaces, like walk-in closets or built-in bookshelves, to aid in organizing your kids’ toys.

Customize your home.

If you plan on staying in your space for a while and don’t need to worry about resale value, think about how your home improvement project can customize your additional space. Do you want to add a media room with comfy viewing chairs and big screen? Do you often entertain friends or have a weekly poker night? A wet bar and game room may be the perfect use of your finished basement. The options really are endless.

To begin the basement finishing design process, call Tom’s Best Quality Remodeling at 847-202-6465.