10:46AM | 01/17/04
Member Since: 12/01/03
30 lifetime posts
Hi folks,

I need some best guesses on the price of finishing a basement. I'll lay out the basics as I know them and maybe some of you folks can give me a gut feel on the cost to have someone do it for me. ( with my job I can't spare the time )

I live in Pennsylvania - right outside of Philadelphia. It seems like the construction industry is doing well around here - maybe that means contractors can charge a little more since work is plentiful.

My house is a semi-detached twin - built in 1989. The basement has a poured concrete wall and floating slab floor. It is totally dry - no history of water problems. The basement has already been professional waterproofed. The basement is 28 x 22 - so that makes 616 sq ft I think - but 1/4 of that space is the heater room so it will not be finished.

I am not looking for anything crazy - just the walls ,insulation, some outlets and 2 or 3 baseboard heaters and a tile ceiling.

Can you folks give me your best guess ??

Thanks - jg1234

plumber Tom

01:00AM | 01/18/04
Member Since: 05/10/03
801 lifetime posts
The best thing for you to do is get 3 seperate estimates. I know some GC's who do most of their own work: Framing,electrical and plumbing. However some guys are limited to what they can do, maybe because they don't have the experience or they don't have the licenses for that specific trade. Most importantly make sure a permit is pulled for your job. The last headache you want is some building inspector from Lansdale coming in and finds out you don't have a permit. I'd say alot of contractors get away without permits, but it's for you and your family's safety to have an inspector approve the work. Make sure whoever does the work is licensed, insured (you can ask for a certificate of insurance) and a member of the better business bureau. Don't be afraid to ask questions. If you wanted a small powder room here's a website that has a pump already installed in an ejector pit If you have any more questions, feel free to post back. I have worked near your area (Hatfield) Tom


11:59AM | 01/20/04
Member Since: 12/01/03
30 lifetime posts
Thanks Plumber Tom,

I will have a few estitmates done. Maybe it will not be that bad.

You make a good point about making sure they are insured.


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