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In August 2018, the city of Denver’s Neighborhood Sidewalk Repair Program (NSRP) went live, adding weight to the burden of sidewalk repair that already falls on the city’s residents. The program’s mission is to repair the damaged sidewalks that are widespread throughout Denver, utilizing a host of flagstone suppliers and contractors to get the work done. A fund of $4 million has been allocated to the city for the program’s initial costs and financial assistance provisions such as discount/extended payment plans. Financial assistance will depend on the number of residents in a home as well as family income. The first region of focus, designated as “Region 1” per the NSRP, includes the areas of Capitol Hill, Cheesman Park, City Park, Congress Park, Speer, Country Club and Cherry Creek. Property owners residing in these areas will be notified by city officials if their sidewalks require repairs, and will be provided the requirements, estimated costs, and information regarding extended payment and affordability programs for those who qualify. Owners will be given 45 days to hire their own contractors, after which the city contractor will perform the work and provide an invoice, with a “case-by-case” basis in effect for special circumstances. If the owner does not pay, a lien will be placed on the home until it is sold, at which time payment will be required. Flagstone sidewalks, which are particularly popular in the aforementioned Region 1 of the city, will need to be lifted with the foundation smoothed out, and if unable to be put back down will need to be replaced with colored concrete. The criteria required to merit repairs is somewhat subjective, however there are a few “concrete” rules: if a slab is separated from an adjoining slab by ¾ inch or more, or if the sidewalk has a pitch of 5% or more, it must be fixed. More extensive damages may require a full replacement, however most problem areas should be fixable via mudjacking, grinding, and patching. Aside from Region 1, there are an additional 10 regions scheduled for analysis and repair by Denver Public Works. Such regions are chosen based on grouping neighborhoods into relatively comparable areas based on community feedback. Regions will be addressed one at a time. The structural state of Denver’s sidewalks has been an ongoing issue for decades, with one 2017 review finding that 40 percent of the city’s sidewalks did not meet the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which defines the minimum walkway safety standards for disabled and elderly persons. The same report estimates that the cost of addressing all concrete problems in Denver would be between $800 million and $1.4 billion—or the entire general fund budget for the city. Despite these unsettling statistics, all signs point to an increasing awareness of Denver’s sidewalk issues and the necessity to fix them. Only time will tell how well the Neighborhood Sidewalk Repair Program will do this. Fixing Denver’s concrete issues won’t be a walk in the park, but it will certainly make the act of doing so more enjoyable. Thanks for sharing this story with us AAA Concrete Raising.

In August 2018, the city of Denver’s Neighborhood Sidewalk Repair Program (NSRP) went live, adding weight to the burden of sidewalk repair that already falls on the city’s residents. The program�...

After the dust of a big pitch settles and a project has been awarded, the construction owner must make the first big decision that will affect every aspect of the project’s progress going forward — who will be the superintendent? It takes more than just book smarts to be an effective superintendent of a construction crew. This person needs the skill, grit, and determination to get a project done on time (and under budget, even!) and more. A great superintendent, someone who gets called back for the next project, recommended by workers, praised in the community for their steadfastness — they must have that extra oomph that sets them apart. But where does that oomph come from?

True Vision

The great superintendent looks forward, toward the future of the project (and the company). Before even setting pencil to paper he or she must have clarity about what kind of construction company they want to promote and the determination to apply those principles on the ground level. How do they want to lead? Do they care about being respected? Or feared? What is the work culture they want to bring to the table as the face of the project and the person everybody looks up to?

Always Learning, Always Teaching

It’s important for a true visionary to continue learning so they can pass knowledge onto their crew. It’s not enough to understand the project at hand. They must understand every aspect of it. Developing an ongoing training schedule and a company culture that respects learning is a must. When the team looks up to their superintendent as not just “the boss” but someone who gives advice — that’s a real leader. It isn’t enough anymore to have each member of the team specialize in one thing; the greater the diversity of the workers, the more that they can competently do, the better the project will go. Cross-trained workers can hop into different jobs, and if they’re taught new skills on site, they’ll know their superintendent cares about their futures.

Communication is Key

It’s easier said than done, but there are few things more frustrating than somebody claiming to be a great leader while being unable to communicate their vision. They create a sense of emergency and instead of holding daily meetings with all of the crews on a project they panic and sweat the big picture. But it’s the details and an ability to share them in a precise way — one that works for each crew — that makes all the difference. So, do you want to be just a manager of the team or do you want to be a respected leader who’s earned their position and the respect of their crews?

After the dust of a big pitch settles and a project has been awarded, the construction owner must make the first big decision that will affect every aspect of the project’s progress going forward �...

Our planet gives us everything we need to prosper including the ground under our feet to build our homes and skyscrapers. Our world is a big place, and what’s under your feet in one area could be different than what’s under your feet in another. Not all dirt underneath is suitable to build on but we’re humans, we figured a way around that with helical piers. Let’s review how helical piers work with a simple experiment you can do in your own home.

Here's How Helical Piers Work

Using piles or piers to reinforce poor soil for a building is nothing new and different civilizations have used foundation reinforcement for centuries. Helical piers differ from traditional wood or concrete pilings in that they are constructed from metal, are shaped like a helix (this is why they’re also known as screw piers or “earth screws,”) lightweight, and are easier to install than traditional pilings. So how do they work? Grab your kids and do this simple experiment.

What Do You Need to Get Stated

  • Topsoil
  • Screw shaped pasta (rotini or fusilli)
  • Bucket or container
  • A small weighted object like a stone (square or rectangular objects are better)
Fill the container with topsoil, don't pack it down, and place the weighted object on top. Apply gentle pressure to the object and see how far it sinks into the soil. You can measure or eyeball it. Remove the object, empty the dirt and refill the container. Now twist a few pieces of pasta underneath the top of the soil and place the object back on top. Press with the same pressure and mark how far it sunk. In most cases, you will find the depth that the object sinks are shallower than without the pasta. The pasta provides more support, friction, points of contact, and further reinforcement to the soil which means your object won’t sink as much. The scale and engineering are much more involved in real-life helical piers, but the idea is the same. This makes helical piers ideal for foundation reinforcement, foundation repair, and other structural and building issues. If you have issues with soil quality or if your foundation is giving you problems don’t think you need to scrap your plans or scrap your home, turn to helical piers to help you out with your foundation. What works in your little experiment can work for your home. If you're not sure how to repair your foundation on your own, consider Colorado Structural Repair to help you with your foundation needs.

Our planet gives us everything we need to prosper including the ground under our feet to build our homes and skyscrapers. Our world is a big place, and what’s under your feet in one area could be di...

Polyurethane concrete raising or mudjacking is a newer method of lifting and leveling concrete. Various marketers behind polyurethane foam 'mudjacking' pitch it as a reliable, cost-effective solution to raising, and leveling concrete such as patios, driveways and even foundations. A 5/8" hole is drilled through the slab and into the subgrade. For most; a tapered delivery port is placed into the 5/8" hole, and the injection gun is then connected, and then delivers the polyurethane material through the port. As the polyurethane passes through the port, expansion of the material starts. Within about 10 to 15 seconds the polyurethane foam will fully expand which allows the technician to monitor the rising of the slab, and prevent overriding. Polyurethane concrete raising is becoming significantly more popular over traditional mudjacking.

Polyurethane Concrete Raising Vs. Mud Slurry Mudjacking

As of recent, the effectiveness of Polyurethane mudjacking has been challenged. Dr. James Warner, P.E., Author of the Practical Handbook of Grouting: Soil; Rock; and Structures.N.p.: n.p.,2004. Print. wrote, "Because the injected material [foam] reacts and reaches its maximum volume in increments shortly following injection, significant voids remain after treatment. This was found to be the case when a bridge approach slab near the Denver airport that had been so treated [with foam] continued to settle and was subsequently removed.”  Additional concerns to polyurethane mudjacking include various health and environmental concerns. I recently published an article on 303News titled, WARNING: The Alleged Dangers of Some Polyurethanes (FOAM) where I link to a manufactures safety data sheet. The safety data sheet is especially alarming. You can view their hazard statement below. Consumers should be especially cautious when considering applying polyurethane foam vs an organic base, mud slurry. Additional Resources: If you hire a polyurethane foam concrete leveling company, be sure to ask for their safety data sheet. When in doubt, it's best for the environment to use the organic based material.  

Polyurethane concrete raising or mudjacking is a newer method of lifting and leveling concrete. Various marketers behind polyurethane foam ‘mudjacking’ pitch it as a reliable, cost-effecti...

Junk Removal DenverCompany Name: 5280 Junk Removal Services: Junk Removal Denver, Dumpster Rentals Website: www.5280junkremoval.com Location: Denver, Colorado Service Area: Colorado Front Range Estimates: FREE This week, 5280 Junk Removal is our featured home service company who offers professional residential, commercial and now, industrial junk removal and dumpster rental services from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs, CO. 5280 Junk Removal was started in the summer of 2017 with a goal to provide Colorado with professional, friendly and affordable junk removal and mitigation services. 5280 Junk Removal is centrally located in downtown Denver with trucks, and dumpsters available throughout the metro area.

Company Name: 5280 Junk Removal Services: Junk Removal Denver, Dumpster Rentals Website: www.5280junkremoval.com Location: Denver, Colorado Service Area: Colorado Front Range Estimates: FREE This week...

Junk removal is big business, it's also a big nuisance for renters, property owners, construction sites and HOAs alike. 5280 Junk Removal is a Denver junk removal company that was started based on a need. More and more people around Colorado have been 'stuck with junk' because of the extream cost to get it removed. 5280 Junk Removal came up with a plan that allows those individuals to get out from their junk affordably. 5280 Junk Removal is a full-service junk removal company who offers everything from residential junk removal, industrial junk removal, and even metal recycling. If Junk is in your 'business,' then get rid of it. Check out our featured Best Colorado Contractor, 5280 Junk Removal at 5280JunkRemoval.com.

Junk removal is big business, it’s also a big nuisance for renters, property owners, construction sites and HOAs alike. 5280 Junk Removal is a Denver junk removal company that was started based...

Best Colorado Contractors couldn't be more excited for the launch of South Denver Roofing. South Denver Roofing was inspired by growing number of complaints regarding roofing scams around the Denver metro area. The idea started in Castle Rock, Colorado with the launch of Castle Rock Roofers. Due to its wild success, we decided to expand our coverage to the greater Denver metro area. Now, Denver area residents can find highly screened, local roofing contractors with the click of a button. South Denver Roofing not only checks for licensing and insurance, we also perform a deep reputation check to determine the credibility of our local roofing partners. If you're in search of a Denver roofing contractor and are located in the greater Denver metro area, be sure to check out www.southdenverroofing.com today.

Best Colorado Contractors couldn’t be more excited for the launch of South Denver Roofing. South Denver Roofing was inspired by growing number of complaints regarding roofing scams around the De...

You may not think of it from the name, but Christmas lights have plenty more uses other than just around the holiday season. These little lights have several applications both inside and outside the home, and if you aren’t using Christmas lights to add some decoration around your home, you may be missing out on tons of easy character. Let’s get some ideas on where you can use these neat little lights other than just on a Christmas tree.

3 Ways to Use LED Christmas Lights Anywhere But Your Christmas Tree

Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting can lend a cozy atmosphere to any outdoor living space, and you can use outdoor Christmas lights for outdoor lighting. You can use outdoor Christmas light for ambient lighting underneath outdoor furniture, to make lit pathways with string Christmas lights and wooden poles, or to make an overhead display. If you outdoor space is missing something, it could be LED Christmas lights.

Soft Lighting in the House

LED Christmas lights can lend a soft, warm glow to any room in your house. Think your entertainment room, home theatre, reading room, and other areas of the home where you can use soft, ambient lighting for proper atmosphere. A simple idea is to string the lights along the top of the wall along all four walls for a great atmosphere. Experiment with different types and wattages to find the perfect brightness and color for your home.

Accent Walls and Features

Christmas lights are a great way to accent any certain features of your home, both inside and out. You can string a row of Christmas lights over the top of your China cabinet, along the outside of your bay windows during the holiday season, or along a room that displays artwork. If there’s any area of your home that you want to “pop,” than you’ll find that Christmas lights can be useful to make this happen. Just buy purchasing a simple string of lights, you can bring a soft atmosphere or character to any room in your house, or outdoor living spaces. Try out some ideas on your own to see how LED Christmas lights can change your home for the better.

You may not think of it from the name, but Christmas lights have plenty more uses other than just around the holiday season. These little lights have several applications both inside and outside the h...

The concrete around your home plays a critical role in keeping your house up to code and safe. Your foundation, front sidewalk, and driveway are all likely constructed from concrete. The concrete provides a solid surface for you, your home, and car to sit on, so it’s very important that is stays in good repair and level. There are elements around such as underground tree roots, soil conditions, underground water flows, and other factors that could compromise this integrity of this concrete by pushing it up or pulling it down. This would normally force the homeowner’s hand into having this concrete replaced, but now there is mudjacking.

What is Mudjacking?

Mudjacking, also referred to as slabjacking and pressure grouting, is a concrete leveling technique and alternative to replacing or having to do extensive repairs on a portion of your driveway that has sunk into the ground, creating an unlevel and hazardous surface.

How Does Mudjacking Work?

Mudjacking uses hydraulic pressure to lift a concrete slab back into its intended position. A concrete company will cut a series of holes into the concrete before snaking down hoses underneath the portion of concrete that needs to be set. After the hoses are set the concrete contractor will pump grout, polyurethane foam, or other mixtures underneath the slab to fill in the void and then raise the concrete to its proper level. Once the slab is in position the workers will fill in the holes, leaving you with a perfectly level slab of concrete.

Advantages of Mudjacking Over Concrete Replacement

  • Mudjacking has several advantages over traditional replacement such as:
  • Less expensive than replacement
  • Almost no waste
  • Will leave your concrete stronger than before.
  • Much less time and labor involved with mudjacking, most jobs take less than a day
  • Minimal obtrusiveness in the area, and minimal disruption to your home.

Disadvantages of Mudjacking over Concrete Replacement

  • Driveway typically needs to be 4” thick for mudjacking to work
  • Will not fix concrete that is aged
  • Can create cracks and other issues
So the next time you see a slab of concrete in your area that has sunken into the ground, don’t pout over the cost and headaches of replacement. Give your local concrete or mudjacking company a call to come help fix the issue in a much easier way.

The concrete around your home plays a critical role in keeping your house up to code and safe. Your foundation, front sidewalk, and driveway are all likely constructed from concrete. The concrete prov...

In the world of private construction, there are two main categories. Commercial, and residential construction. Some differences should immediately jump out at you, commercial construction is construction where people work, and residential construction is where people live, right? This is true, but there is more to it than that. Let’s look more into residential construction including what it is, what it entails, and some of the differences between residential and commercial construction.

So, What is Residential Construction?

Residential construction is the manufacturing, renovation, or assembling of single family, multi-family, or multi-unit buildings, additions, and other work pertaining specifically to home and dwellings. Residential construction can include building a house, renovating a kitchen, adding an addition, and more. Residential construction includes a myriad of different types of construction workers and techniques. Everything from stonework, to electrical, to roofing can be considered a part of residential construction when the work is being done on a home or dwelling.

Differences Between Residential and Commercial Construction

  • There are several differences between residential and commercial construction, rather than just where the construction is being done. Here are some key differences between residential and commercial construction.
  • Residential construction is typically performed by smaller companies compared to commercial construction.
  • Residential construction usually involves a smaller budget when compared to commercial construction.
  • Residential construction companies may hire more subcontractors whereas commercial construction companies will utilize private employees.
  • Residential construction companies often employ contractors that have a wide range of construction knowledge. Commercial construction will employ general contractors as well but because of the scale on commercial projects, many workers often stick to a certain specialty.
  • Residential construction companies will employ contractors who specialize in residential construction practices and techniques. Installing plumbing on a two-story family home is much different than installing plumbing on a 20 story office building, so companies must employ contractors whose skills are applicable to their projects.
  • Residential companies do not typically have as many resources as large scale commercial construction companies. This is because residential construction projects simply do not need the amount of resources found in commercial construction.
Knowing the proper differences between residential and commercial construction is important when looking for a contractor. These differences may help determine what type of construction company is suitable for your next construction project.

In the world of private construction, there are two main categories. Commercial, and residential construction. Some differences should immediately jump out at you, commercial construction is construct...

It happens to everyone. That light bulb you just replaced six months ago has burned out again, and when you go to the store to buy a replacement, you’re faced with an entire aisle of options. Incandescents, LED’s, halogens, and CFL’s are all common household light bulbs that come in several shapes, sizes and watts. With so many factors and choices, it’s no wonder that choosing a light bulb can cost you both time and money. Despite rumors that the more expensive LED light bulbs use less energy and last longer, the popular choice for most homeowners is the bulb with the most affordable economic value at the time of purchase.

You Get What You Pay For with Light Bulbs

Along with so many other elements, it’s important to consider whether or not you’ll actually save money by purchasing a $25 light bulb. General incandescents have proven to be inefficient solutions because most of the energy they consume goes directly into heating the bulb rather than emitting light. These bulbs may appear to be more affordable up front, but they can cost you so much more in replacements and energy costs. Incandescents use up to five times as many watts for the same number of lumens as an LED bulb. The cost of lighting your home is typically 20%-30% of your electric bill. LED bulbs can save you time and money, because replacing incandescents with these energy saving products can save you about $10 every year. That seems like a small amount, but when you factor in the lifespan of LED light bulbs, which is five times as many hours as traditional incandescents, you’ll be pleased to find that neglecting to switch from incandescent bulbs could cost you four times more than LED bulbs will over a timeline of fifteen years. LED bulbs are proven to save energy, so making the switch will save you money in the long run, while saving you time at the store when you’re faced with a plethora of lighting options, because the choice is simple. Whether you're using regular light bulbs, string lights, rope lights or something else, know how the lights you use can save you time and money, and put them to the test in your home.

It happens to everyone. That light bulb you just replaced six months ago has burned out again, and when you go to the store to buy a replacement, you’re faced with an entire aisle of options. Incand...

It seems like every day there is a new form of fraud making headlines in the news. In an age of innovative technology, you would think that there would be ways to prevent hackers from stealing credit card numbers, personal information and even your identity. Unfortunately, there are only a small handful of programs out there that can protect your information. And even with the help of those programs, your personal information and documents are never safe in the hands of anyone but yourself. The best way to combat the potential of the wrong person getting a hold of your information is to shred paper documents and destroy any trace of your confidential data. You can purchase a paper shredder at any office supply store, and many communities hold shredding services and events that are safe methods to dispose of your information.

Shred Documents Yourself with These 3 Methods

Burn Your Documents

If you have a safe place to burn a fire, then adding your personal and confidential documents that need to be destroyed to the flames can only make your house warmer. It’s important that if you burn your information, you allow it to fizzle out into debris, that cannot be revived or put back together. Burning is an age-old method in destroying personal information, and when done safely can be a great way to get rid of your shred pile.

Cut Your Documents

A less-safe way to destroy your confidential documents is by cutting them by hand the way that a shredder would. This method is not nearly as safe as using a shredder, shred company or a fire, but allows you to cut through information you wouldn’t want people to find in the trash. Cutting documents correctly means cutting through or ripping in a cross-cut pattern that dismantles the writing and information on your documents.

Bleach Your Documents

Another time-sensitive method to destroying your confidential information is by combining bleach and water in a bucket, and leaving your bills and documents to sit while the bleach eats away at both the ink and the paper. It’s important that you don’t do this shredding alternative around children, as the bucket may need to sit for many days, and small hands have no business getting into personal information or bleach. The provided information is not intended for financial, tax, or legal advice. We cannot guarantee that this material is accurate, up to date, or appropriate for your personal circumstance. Consult your financial specialist, or bank associates for more information.

It seems like every day there is a new form of fraud making headlines in the news. In an age of innovative technology, you would think that there would be ways to prevent hackers from stealing credit ...

When you purchase a house, the goal is often to make it a home. Painting the walls, hanging photos, and decorating with furniture that matches your style is the best way to create comfort and personality within your home. The majority of the focus is on the interior, often saving the exterior for a later time. The same is true when it comes to home repairs. Things that need to be repaired indoors are almost always addressed before those that are outdoors. This is likely because most people spend more time in their house than they do on the outside of it.

Repairing Asphalt Yourself

Over time the wear and tear of everyday life can wreak havoc on the outdoor elements of your home. Asphalt driveways are an extension of your living space, connecting your house to the street. Regular weathering, shoveling, driving, and heat can cause small cracks and deterioration in your asphalt. Before long, those small cracks can easily become big cracks, which often form small pits and potholes. Home repairs go beyond the interior of your home. Learn the best ways to care for and repair asphalt in your driveway and in front of your home. Asphalt is water resistant, and designed to withstand rigorous weather conditions as a result of its elasticity. Its compression strength allows it to support heavy vehicles without immediately cracking like other materials. When used on driveways, asphalt has a relatively long lifespan ranging from 15-20 years when cared for and properly maintained. Like any surface, asphalt can wear down, leading to cracks and holes that may need to be repaired in order to prevent further damage, and preserve the value of your home and driveway. When you notice damage in the asphalt in front of your home, there are a few different ways you can go about repairing it. The first solution is sealing the crack or pothole on your own. Home improvement stores sell various kits that are popular in caulking the creves in your driveway. These kits are great for temporary use, but over time the weathering and compression becomes too much for the materials to handle, causing them to separate, crack, and create deeper issues in the asphalt. The best way to repair the asphalt in your driveway or in front of your house is by hiring a professional to come out and pour industrial sealant into the crack, or fill the pothole. Many homeowners are concerned about the cost associated with hiring a professional. The truth is, whether you spend hundreds of dollars over time on filler packets, or spend money on a professional at the first sign of the damage, you’re spending money on a repair either way. The difference is that when you call a professional first, the problem is fixed. If you try to repair the concrete yourself multiple times before calling a professional, then you’re actually spending even more money. Keep up with the exterior maintenance of your home, and do your research before spending money on any temporary home repair. If you can't do a Denver asphalt repair yourself, hiring a contractor isn't a bad choice to ensure the job gets done right.

When you purchase a house, the goal is often to make it a home. Painting the walls, hanging photos, and decorating with furniture that matches your style is the best way to create comfort and personal...

When you purchase a house, it’s likely that you also purchase homeowners insurance, which is designed to protect your property from damage to the house itself, or to the possessions within. Homeowners insurance also provides liability coverage against accidents in the home or property. This means, if someone becomes injured on your property, you are protected from being sued for bodily harm or damages.

What You Should Know About Contractors

Home improvements and repairs around the house are often depicted by cost. For example, wear and tear roofing replacements are not covered by homeowners insurance, and can cost you thousands, therefore making it an easy repair to put-off. When it comes to hiring a contractor to get a project done around your house, it’s important that you never hire a contractor without proof and documentation of their coverage and permits. Some commercial and residential contractors might lure you in with a more affordable price, but if they are not covered, that price could rapidly increase if something were to go wrong during the project. Some contractors are not covered, which means that while homeowners insurance protects you against any injuries they may sustain on your property, it does not protect you from your neighbors. If a contractor causes damage to your neighbor’s house and is not covered, your neighbor can go after both the contractor, as well as you, the homeowner for the damages incurred by someone you hired. Homeowners insurance covers you as the homeowner from troubles that come from accidental injury and damage on your property. It does not directly cover the people who are injured, or the damage that occurs on an adjacent home by the contractor who performs work on your property. Regardless of the circumstance, be sure you never hire a contractor that does not have full liability coverage. Homeowners insurance can protect you in most cases, but taking the most precaution in handling your home improvements and repairs is the best way to ensure the job gets done well.

When you purchase a house, it’s likely that you also purchase homeowners insurance, which is designed to protect your property from damage to the house itself, or to the possessions within. Homeowne...

When it comes to the value of your home, one thing is for sure: if you have an unfinished basement, there is always room for improvement. Your home is likely the greatest investment you’ll ever make. For most homeowners, maintaining the value and livability of their home is always in their best interest. Many homes have unfinished basements, which are often used for storage space and not much else. If you have an unfinished basement, it’s time to ask yourself, does your basement need finishing?

Why Should You Finish a Basement?

There are a number of reasons why finished basements are a better option for any home. Transforming an unfinished basement into a functional and comfortable living space is one of the greatest ways to increase the value of your home, add to the number of rooms in your house, and change the overall living space available to you and your family. Whether you need a place where the kids can spend time away from adults, or you’re looking to add spare bedrooms and a TV room for family and guests to come stay, a finished basement is a huge asset to your home, lifestyle and financial value. The decision is really pretty simple when it comes to basement finishing. Deciding whether or not to finish your basement really comes down to determining the before and after use of the space. Start by identifying what the unfinished basement space is currently used for. Regardless of whether it’s empty, storing personal items or stacked to the brim with moving boxes that never got unpacked, an unfinished basement serves your family a purpose. Once you identify the current purpose for your unfinished basement, it is recommended that you then identify the purpose you wish for your basement to serve. Guest rooms and man caves are just a few of the thousands of ways your basement can add to the comfort and livability of your home. Whether you hope to create a downstairs apartment, or just a place where everyone can escape from the craziness of day-to-day life, a finished basement opens a world of opportunities for your home and family. Aside from deciding how your basement could better serve you, finishing your basement is an excellent way to eliminate clutter. If you’re one of the many homeowners whose basement is full of boxes and storage, considering a basement finishing is a great place to start weaning through those personal belongings. We all have a lot of stuff. Whether you’re newlyweds with newly combined personal items, or empty-nesters with decades of memories and things from every stage of your lives, basements are notorious for allowing homeowners to hoard their stuff. Life is the only thing that could possibly be better than all of that stuff, and the memories you make in a living space that adds quality and usability to your life and living space are far greater than the stuff you collect and box up over time. One of the main factors your basement may need finishing is simply to eliminate some of that stuff. The final reason your unfinished basement needs finishing is to increase the value and space that is accounted for in your home. Statistically, homes with finished basements are more likely to sell quicker, and appraise higher than homes with unfinished basements. A finished basement means that your 5 bedroom house may quickly turn into a 7 bedroom house. More bedrooms means a higher value and more money if you ever plan to sell. Even if you don’t plan to sell, it’s always a smart idea if you have the money to capitalize on your greatest investment and create a living space that is perfect for your family and lifestyle.

When it comes to the value of your home, one thing is for sure: if you have an unfinished basement, there is always room for improvement. Your home is likely the greatest investment you’ll ever make...