How to Tell if Your Basement Remodeling Contractor Has Done a Good Job

How to Tell if Your Basement Remodeling Contractor Has Done a Good Job
2/5/2019

Many blogs focus on questions to ask before hiring a basement contractor, but what about questions to ask after the basement remodeling project has been finished?


How to Tell if Your Basement Remodeling Contractor Has Done a Good Job

Many blogs focus on questions to ask before hiring a basement contractor, but what about questions to ask after the basement remodeling project has been finished? You should always follow up on the basement remodeling contractor’s work by consulting with a(n):

  • Architect
  • Engineer
  • Home inspector (the most common choice)

Remember: the majority of basement remodeling companies are honest, but it is up to you to make sure they have installed everything exactly as outlined. Just because the basement remodeling project passed state and county inspections does not necessarily guarantee that corners were not cut somewhere.

What a Professional Inspector Looks for After a Basement Remodeling Project

A professional architect, engineer or home inspector will be able to detect moisture in the basement that can cause mold and structural damage. They must doublecheck to make sure groundwater does not significantly flow towards the home (by inspecting the gutters and other moisture control systems).

They should inspect each item on the contract to ensure that everything has been installed properly using the correct materials. For example, inspectors will be able to tell you what kind of wiring was used and if it is the correct gauge (thickness) that you agreed upon with the contractor.

Don’t be afraid to ask them questions about any newly-installed home appliances (washers and dryers, sinks, etc.) and systems (water heaters, HVAC units) to make sure their information matches what you’ve been told by your basement contractor. They can even demonstrate various features you may not have been made aware of.

What You Can Check on Your Own

A simple visual inspection can be enough to determine the quality of craftmanship in certain respects. Basement tiling, for example, should line up at a 90-degree angle without any sections jutting out or sinking. The grout lines should be even and thin to create a smooth overall appearance.

The quality of basement painting can be determined by feeling an area for rough patches, drip marks and other similar textural errors. The lines denoting the wall and ceiling should be straight and with an even distribution of paint.

For basement trimming, check for straightness and symmetry. Make sure the corners are well-put together around the crown molding as well as any door and window casings. There should be nail holes and no noticeable seams. Everything must be level.

The basement doors and custom cabinets should not stick (a sign that foundation problems have not been corrected). The basement countertops should have no gaps that are filled with caulk (a sign of mismeasurement).

Basement LED lighting should be evenly spaced and not flickering or flashing in any way. Dimmers should work smoothly. If they flicker or do not dim correctly it means the LED bulb and dimmer are incompatible or there is a wiring problem.

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