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Finishing a basement: Is it better to do it myself or hire a contractor?

Homeowners across Toronto have felt the temptation to finish their own basements as a side DIY project. This could be a fun project for those who like to build with their hands and the end result is extra living space and/or a new area for entertaining. It is important to remember, however, that finishing a basement is a major undertaking that not every homeowner is prepared to accomplish, which is why many find it better to hire The Reno Pros for professional assistance.

Flying Solo While Finishing a Basement

Finishing a BasementThere is much to be said for finishing your basement on your own. The obvious benefit is of course the idea that you may save money. Upfront, the only costs you accrue are those necessary to cover any materials or tools needed. You also enjoy the benefit of having complete control over the project from start to finish. Every decision, from which materials to use to when construction will take place, is left in your hands.

There are numerous risks and challenges involved when renovating a basement, however. The finishing process often encompasses many different types of construction; you may need to have basic to advanced knowledge of plumbing, flooring, wiring, drywall, and many other fields. Even a minor mistake within any of these areas can lead to the need for major repairs.

Without a properly installed vapor barrier, mold problems can occur, insufficient ventilation can lead to safety hazards, and there are many mistakes that can lead to lasting cosmetic issues. These major repairs can make the costs associated with the project greater than they would have been with the help of a contractor.

Should You Hire a Contractor?

When you hire a contractor, you gain the benefit of access to knowledge and experience. Your contractor can act as a valuable resource during the planning, preparation, and completion of your finished basement. Not only can they provide professional advice, but they also know which vendors provide quality materials at reasonable costs. Contractors typically complete basement renovations much more quickly, and with better results, than homeowners who are trying to squeeze this major project into spare time on nights and weekends.

Trained and experienced renovators will also know how to properly check applicable building regulations and take other precautions necessary to ensure that the project is completed safely and legally. One of the greatest advantages of using a contractor is the reduction of risk. While there are risks involved with any major home renovation, experienced professionals have the skills and knowledge necessary to minimize error, and many of the risks associated with finishing a basement become the contractor’s responsibility.

Common hesitations most homeowners have with hiring a contractor involve trust. You have to trust that the contractor and their team are capable and responsible. The contractor is expected to stick to a budget and a schedule, while delivering quality work. Not all contractors deliver on this promise. Fortunately, you can find reliable, professional help when finishing a basement by only working with contractors, including The Reno Pros, that are licensed, insured, and have a strong reputation and body of work.

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  • "After requesting a quote for finishing a basement and working within the constraints of my budget, I went with RenoPros. The team arrived on time and ran every idea by me, as well as recommended what materials are best to be used in what area. The job was complete in a professional manner and I am very happy I chose The RenoPros"

    John Charette from Toronto
    John Charette from Toronto
  • "I was hesitant at first to rely on a third-party service to re-do two bedrooms in my house but the guys at RenoPros assured me they would work closely with me to fit my needs. I chose two different designs, and now both bedrooms actually feel good to be in. Great job"

    Jane from North York
    Jane from North York
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    Andrew from Etobicoke
    Andrew from Etobicoke
  • "We are so happy with our new kitchen and main floor renovation. The upgraded wife flooring was an excellent suggestion and the apron sink make the house feel brand new. The project manager was helpful, organized and I would definitely call them for any future renovation needs."

    Faheed from Richmond Hill
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