My basement is almost finished, how much do you think the remaining items will cost ?

Asked by Jrmyers500, Atlanta, GA Sat Feb 5, 2011

The electrical and drywall is complete and a bathroom is installed although i need to make some changes. The basement floor is approx 1,000 square feet. I want the HVAC and water heater moved to the bathroom area (it is currently in the middle of the floor and the bathroom is very oversized). Is it best to hire an AC service to move the unit and re route the air ducts? Or can a general contractor do all of this? As far as the rest, I the drywall (walls only) as well as electrical. I just need a drywall ceiling and will do the flooring myself. Any thoughts???

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Sonya, , Atlanta, GA
Sun Feb 6, 2011
As a realtor, every time we add a basement to a home in a new subdivsion, it costs from $20k - $30k. The averae is approximately, $25k. Go back and estimate what you have spent and what you have left to complete. The following table will help you determine how much more you have to invest to complete your basement:

For homeowners needing a high quality basement finish we start with the basic package. The package includes a heating and air conditioning system for the basement, basic electrical wiring, and raised panel doors and wall trim. No structural changes to load bearing walls are included. However, all poured concrete walls will have newly framed walls placed in front of them, insulated, and finished for a smooth, pleasant non-basement feel.

We handle all permitting and technical issues. We supply all bathroom fixtures and lighting. An upgraded ceiling is included with this package which creates tray ceilings and soffits to hide the new or existing ductwork or pipes. The ceiling is smooth finished 1/2" gypsum board. A high quality paint job is included which is a prime coat and two top coats featuring Sherwin Williams paint. Flooring is also included with a selection of carpet for most areas and a selection of tile flooring for the bathroom and wet areas.

This package price starts around $30/square foot depending upon your requirements. For a typical 800 square foot basement, your cost could be as low as $24,000.
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Aaron Mtuanwi, Agent, Conyers, GA
Sat Feb 5, 2011
I'll suggest you get a contractor who knows much about basements.
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Lee Taylor, Agent, Decatur, GA
Sat Feb 5, 2011
Budget $5000 and expect cost overuns totalling $7500.
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Mark Lackey, Agent, Norcross, GA
Sat Feb 5, 2011
Call my HVAC guy Andy at 770-616-2494. He is good, fast and reasonable. Tell him Mark Sent you.

Mark Lackey
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Dave Griswol…, Agent, Bridgewater, NJ
Sat Feb 5, 2011
Hi Jr, Hire a HVAC guy for sure, Dave is an HVAC guy and he said that when you hire one separately you recieve a better service than letting the GC do it. We suggest if you haven't already to water proof the basement flooring as well as the walls so many only do the walls and wind up with moisture and mold from the flooring. Also if your planning on using this space for entainment or a teenagers room we suggest you insulate the ceiling well this will help as a barrier with the noise should you need it so.

All the Best

Dave & Lisa
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