cleemeyer, Home Buyer in 19078

How much would it cost to finish a basement from scratch?

Asked by cleemeyer, 19078 Tue Sep 11, 2012

35x15 foot basement nothing special just french drain, walls, carpet for entire basement. Just looking for a round about number on the price I should pay.

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Hi Clee,

It all depends on its current condition. Is it demoed and cleaned out, ready to renovate?

What type of flooring, HVAC, plumbing, electric needs to be done. If you want a french drain and sump pump system installed to waterproof the basement, that requires digging up the basement floor. Very labor intensive and can be costly.

A good guide would be about $24 up to $36 per square foot complete. maybe even less. Again, it all depends on condition now and what needs to be done. My guess would be approximately $14-$18K total.

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2 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 11, 2012
I'm not sure if we have all the information we need to gather before we can give you a reliable guess. It all depends on what kind of carpet, appliances, furniture and lighting you use. What are your plans for your basement? If you want to make an awesome basement, you should try to include a theater room.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 17, 2014
OK Clee, from a former home owner that Finished a Basement RULE of thumb!

What ever your building materials cost.... add 60 percent to that cost for hiring labor.

If U do it yourself? ...... you have Materials of Cost and twp certs ( if any) because you are doing it yourself and you dont need Contractors insurance and you may minimize permit cost too?

If you do the basement yourself Dont Drink till the end of day ;-)

All the Best! John Curci RE/MAX 215-757-2889
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 12, 2012
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