Inexpensive Basement Remodel Westminster

One basement contractor in Westminster is not the same as another. Make sure that you protect yourself from scams and potential problems by finding a basement contractor with an excellent reputation and quality products.

Reliable Basement Contractors

The best way to find out about great basement finishing and waterproofing contractors in your area is to ask your family, neighbors and coworkers. You’re likely to be surprised by how many have had work done! Gather the names of as many honest basement specialists in the area that you can find.

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Once you’ve developed a list, look into their professional reputation. Most importantly, make sure that they have an established business, as 50% of contractors will fail within the first five years. An established company will be there if you need them. Be sure to also check with the Better Business Bureau to make sure they have a reputation of satisfied customers. A good home renovation contractor will also happily provide you with references from recent jobs- follow up your research by calling them.

The Right Contractor for You

If you prepare yourself properly, a basement contractor┬ácan help you with your basement finishing and waterproofing that will add a great deal of value and usable space to your home. But if you decide to go ahead, make sure that you’ve covered all bases and done your research.

What are the Best Tips for Hiring a Reputable Home Remodeling Contractor or a Basement Finishing Contractor in Westminster?

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Basement finishing sometimes requires putting up a stud wall. Tailing up the studs that will form the structural support for the new walls of your remodeling job is a highly satisfactory task. It will be accomplished quickly.

The next task when basement finishing with a stud wall is to measure along an existing wall to the point where the new partition will connect. Drive a nail into the floor at this spot. Tie one end of a chalk line onto the nail. What's a chalk line? It's a length of tough builder's twine that's been rubbed across a big lump of carpenter's chalk. If you want to get fancy, you can buy the same deal on a little reel affair that is filled with chalk dust. In either form the gadget is a very handy marking device.

Reel off enough chalk line to take you out to the end of your new partition wall. At this point, you really need an assistant to hold the line taut; sometimes basement finishing requires more than two hands. Place a large carpenter's square so that one leg lines up with the old wall and the corner of the square rests up against the nail that you've just driven into the floor. Jockey your line back and forth until it is aligned perfectly with the other leg of the square. Stretch it taut, pull it up at the center and let it snap down to make a neat chalk line along the floor.

Select a nice straight 2x4. It should be long enough to reach from floor to ceiling minus about 1 in. Sight along the side of the timber to make sure that it's straight because this piece of wood is a measuring stick of sorts. Here's how to use it for your basement finishing task.

Rest the bottom end of your measuring stick against the side of the shoe. Hold it in place with your foot. The top edge of this timber rests against the side of the plate and you hold it there with your hand. With your other hand, hold a level flat against the side of the measuring stick.

Jockey the whole works back and forth until the bubble in the level is centered, then nail the loose end of the plate to the ceiling. If you've been lucky enough to locate an absolutely straight stud as a measuring stick, mark it carefully and put it aside so that you can use it for the same job later on. That'll make your basement finishing easier.

You should end up with a satisfactory stud wall.

Home Renovations That Will Increase Your Property Value

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Profile: We had the opportunity to talk about finishing a basement with Bobby Assadourian, President and CEO of Triple R Inc. Located in Hamilton, Ontario, Triple R has been serving customers throughout the Golden Horseshoe for six years. The company covers a wide range of renovation, rebuilding and repair services. One common job type is basement remodeling - Triple R can often be found finishing a basement in a new home, or enhancing an existing finished basement that needs work.

Other services include general repair and maintenance - both indoor and outdoor; renovations - bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and more; masonry; complete plumbing and electrical; landscaping; framing, drywall; painting; ceramics and flooring; heating and cooling; doors and windows; siding; and roofing.

Q: Let's talk about basements. Finishing a basement is a concern for many homeowners. What advice can you offer to get them started?

A: First, make sure your basement is dry.

If your home is new, wait two to three years to let the home settle and for all the materials in the basement to interact with each other. Be aware that some basement waterproofing may be necessary.

If it's an older home, make sure there are no moisture issues in the basement before you start anything!

Don't trust that basement moisture is temporary or may "go away," or that nice drywall and paint will "cover it up" - it doesn't work that way.

Every dollar you spend on your basement remodeling will be wasted if you don't address the moisture issues first. I'm always totally honest with homeowners: if they're better off to wait, I'll tell them upfront.

Bear in mind the Tarion warranty (see Tarion for the exact specifics regarding time limitations, etc.). During the two-to-three year period, you're covered for defects in the foundation - but you need to be able to see the problems! You have to see the whole basement floor and the walls. There can be no dream basement until this period is over!

The documents from Tarion often sit on refrigerators collecting dust, and that's very dangerous. You have to put off the sports bar, the home theatre and the sound system in the basement until you can be certain the foundation is sound. This might not be what you want to hear about your dream basement remodeling, but if you don't allow adequate time you're going to be throwing your money away (this all pertains to new construction).

Homeowners have to consider the time they spend looking for a basement contractor, or any contractor, as a dating period! "Date" your contractor for an appropriate amount of time, because you're entering into a relationship with that contractor. You need to evaluate them personally, not just professionally!

Q: Why did you join our contractor network?

A: It's an association that's doing good on a large scale and bringing quality people together. Since I started with them, nothing but good has come my way. These people run the company so efficiently and with so much discipline, and they contribute to so many good causes in addition to their regular work (such as the March of Dimes).

Q: We hope homeowners use our service to find a reputable local contractor...but if they don't, what criteria should they use to determine who's the right choice for finishing a basement?

A: I firmly believe that there are three or four valid ways that you can research a contractor and make very sure he's legitimate. When renovations go wrong, the contractor bears responsibility - but, to be honest, the homeowner usually does too! The bottom line is that a basement renovation or any other type of work demands that you thoroughly research both your project and your contractor, and maintain good communication. If you do that you'll almost certainly have a positive experience.

1) never hire a contractor without a city license (*note - where applicable).
2) call in to WSIB and make sure your contractor has proper workplace insurance.
3) call their commercial insurer.
4) call references and visit the jobs in person.

Remember that nobody else can do this for you (unless you're using a service such as ours). It is your responsibility and you must take it seriously!

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