Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

Once work for a basement finishing project begins, many homeowners have a tough time deciding what to do while the construction is going on. Some people prefer to take the family on a trip to avoid some of the mess and noise. We are often asked if people are able to stay in the home while we work on the basement. While it doesn’t really mater either way, here are some things to consider:

  • The beginning phase of a basement finishing project is the loudest. This is the point where your contractor could be doing some jackhammering (to move the sewer pipe for a bathroom perhaps), framing and drywall hanging. If you are trying to avoid some of the noise, this might be the time to take a vacation.

  • You certainly don’t have to be home for any part of the project. Contractors can gain access to your basement through your window wells so that you don’t have to be home to answer the door. This allows you flexibility during the entire project.

  • If you have children or pets make sure to keep them in mind. Kids and pets often don’t like the loud noises so even if you stay during the project, make sure everyone has a safe place to be that is out of the way. (They are the ones who might enjoy a vacation during the noisy project the most.)

  • Finishing a basement will create a lot of dust that can move throughout the ductwork and into the rest of the house. If you or your family have allergies you may want to talk to your contractor about when the dust will be at its worst – that might be a good time to get out of town.

  • At the end of the project you may find that doing a very thorough cleaning is key – this could even include cleaning of your ducts. This can also be a good time to get out of town. Then you come home to a sparkling clean home with your newly finished basement!