In our troubled housing market, it can be difficult to sell a house, which is why many people are looking into economical renovation solutions that will make their homes more marketable. One very important feature that many house shoppers, especially families, are looking for is a finished basement, so if a homeowner has an unfinished basement, it might be best to put the work in to make the house more attractive to potential buyers.
There are many options to consider when finishing a basement, and basement flooring is an important part of the entire project. With a little information, anyone can choose the right flooring option for their budget.
With as big a project as completing a basement, cost is an important factor to consider. Depending on the market and the home owner’s budget constraints, there are many basement flooring options that will fit most budgets. One of the least expensive flooring options for a basement is vinyl tile or sheet flooring. Because of the ease of manufacturing and installation, this may be a good option for the homeowner on a tight budget. Carpet is a good choice for basements, as well, and tends to be a bit higher in price than vinyl flooring. Hardwood floors can be a bit more expensive, depending on the material and manufacturer, but one can mimic the look of hardwood with the less expensive and easy to install laminate flooring.
Ease of installation is an important factor to consider, as well. With an easy to install material, a homeowner might be able to install it themselves instead of paying installation costs for the company to do it. However, some materials, such as carpet, require uncommon tools like a carpet stretcher to install correctly, so it might be best left to the professionals. Laminate flooring is can be easy for even a novice to install, as most kits just snap together and don’t need glue in between each plank or any expensive or uncommon tools. Hardwood is a bit more difficult to install and may need a professional as well, in order not to mar the finish during installation. Vinyl can be easy to install oneself if one has the proper glue necessary for the project. Self-installation can dramatically cut the costs of any basement flooring project.
The factor of costs is a very important think to consider when discussing one’s options for basement flooring. But personal tastes should also play a role, and with a bit of research, any homeowner can find something beautiful that also fits their budget and will be perfect for their home.