Giving your home’s basement new life can be both exciting and rewarding, but you need to take steps to clean out the space before any remodeling can occur. If you are unsure where to start, consider these five steps.
1. Take an Inventory of Everything
Do you know what is currently in your basement? Most people do not. Before basement remodeling contractors can show up to start doing the fun construction work, you need to take an inventory of everything and start figuring out if you need it all.
2. Throw Out Trash
If you are like most homeowners, you probably have trash in your basement. Maybe you do not have decomposing food (or maybe you do!), but chances are that you have stuff that you can throw out. Gather it up and dispose of it appropriately.
3. Sort Your Basement Into Sections
Depending on how much trash you have, you may choose to sort your basement before or after throwing it out, but either way, you should divide the room or rooms into sections. Doing this can help you work through your inventory while also keeping items separate and avoiding additional mess.
4. Restore or Donate Belongings
For the stuff that is not trash, find ways to most effectively restore the items you want to keep and donate whatever is usable that you do not want or need. For larger furniture items, many charities and thrift stores offer free pickup options.
5. Sell Stuff That Is Worth Something
If you have goods that you do not want and are worth something, you can try selling them via local classifieds or on a website such as Craigslist or eBay. For many households, the basement is home to old antiques and collectibles that families no longer want, need or use. If you have goods that you do not want and are worth something, you can try selling your antiques via local classifieds, websites such as Craigslist or eBay, or estate sales. Why not make some extra money?
Today is the perfect day to give your basement a new look. These tips can help you start.
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