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Maybe you’ve already made the decision to finish your basement, but do you know what you actually want to do with the space yet? What you use the space for can affect what steps you need to take when finishing it.
For example, if you want to make it a video gaming space, you’ll need to invest more to make sure all of your electrical needs are met. If you want it to be a child’s playroom, you’ll need to childproof it. And if you want to make it a bedroom, you’ll need to add a proper escape route in case of an emergency.
Whatever you choose to use the space for, make sure that you waterproof your basement when you finish it. You wouldn’t want water damage to ruin all your hard work.
Waterproofing can increase the value of your home as well. Dry Basement Solutions, New Jersey basement waterproofing contractors, says, “When you are ready to sell your house, you will be able to offer the new homeowner a clean, dry basement, warranted for the entire time they own the house for. It will show the prospective buyer that you take pride in your home by protecting it against moisture and mold.”
Once you’ve taken the necessary steps to finish your basement, you can start adding furniture and decorations. Here are five reasons to use the space for a guest bedroom.
5 Reasons To Turn Your Basement Into A Guest Bedroom
1. More Privacy
Having guests overnight can be irritating. They might wake you up in the middle of the night when they use the bathroom, or they might sleep in late, meaning you have to worry about waking them up in the morning.
Having your guest bedroom in the basement removes that stress, especially if you also include a bathroom. This gives them a complete space all to themselves, allowing you to use your home as you normally would if no one was there.
You can take it a step further by soundproofing your basement. This can be as simple as installing solid, wooden doors and choosing carpet for your floors and as advanced as adding extra insulation or soundproof padding to the walls.
2. Less Air Conditioning Use
A bedroom in the basement is the perfect place to escape a heatwave, especially if your master bedroom is on the second floor. Instead of cranking the A/C all night, you can move to the much cooler basement and keep the temperature low with much less energy consumption.
3. Space for Visiting Children
If your kids are grown up and have their own homes, then you’ve probably repurposed their bedrooms. Even if you’ve kept their bedrooms the same, they probably would prefer to have a more adult space to sleep when they need to stay the night, especially if they have a significant other.
Plus, it gives them the same privacy mentioned above. Any houseguest will appreciate having their own space, even your children. And again, you don’t have to worry about bothering them in the morning when you’re up at 6 am sharp and they sleep until noon.
4. A Bedroom for Your Pet
If you don’t let your pets in your bedroom, they can have their own! When you don’t have guests, the basement can be your cat or dog’s personal bedroom that you can fill with their favorite toys, blankets, pillows, scratching posts, and boxes.
When you have guests over, just put all that stuff away and vacuum. Your pet will be fine spending a night or two on the couch. When your guests leave, you can set it back up for its main use: giving your furry friend a comfortable place to sleep.
5. The Perfect Airbnb Space
Why wait for house guests? You can make the money back that you spent on finishing your basement by renting it out to strangers!
If you add that bathroom and door that leads outside, they don’t even have to walk through your house. If they come upstairs, it will only be because you invited them. All you have to do is add some seating and a small table.
Obviously, this makes more sense if you live somewhere that people want to visit, but you would be surprised where people like to travel. Someone might be looking to visit your town.
What do you use your basement for? Are you considering making it a guest bedroom? Let us know your plans in the comments below!
Jennifer Bell is a freelance writer, blogger, dog-enthusiast and avid beachgoer operating out of Southern New Jersey.