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What is a Crawl Space Conversion and How Can it Benefit Your Home?
If you live in the NJ, DE, or PA areas and your home has a crawlspace, chances are that you’ve more than once wondered if it was possible to convert that crawlspace into a basement.
The old thinking was that it was too costly, too dangerous and too big of a job to turn the crawl space into a basement…especially a full basement. But, this is no longer true. In fact, if the job (called a crawl space conversion) is done by a professional, it can be easy, done fairly quickly, and, is a sound investment into your home.
How is a Crawlspace Turned into a Basement?
The process of converting a crawl space is sometimes called a dig out or excavation.
It involves a basement services contractor to dig under your home, where the crawlspace was. They will dig to a depth of 7 – 10 feet, depending on your preference.
They will then give the new room (basement) cement walls and flooring. They can then add an outside entrance and “finish” the new basement in any way you desire…from a wide open space, to adding new rooms…your must old crawlspace can become a full floor added to your home!
What are the Benefits of a Crawl Space Conversion?
The average size of the American family continues to grow. And, more so than the actual number of family members, our ever-growing need for space can drive you crazy if you have a crawl space.
No matter what, it never seems we have enough space to store all of our “stuff.”
Well, if you could wave a magic wand and have a full basement, how much more space would you have!
So, the first huge advantage of a crawlspace conversion is the added space for storage that it provides. Finally, you’ll have a place to store you things in a safe, dry location.
Next up is the return on investment.
Changing your crawlspace into a basement isn’t a cheap job. But, many studies have shown that you get back the cost plus make more money when it’s time to sell
the home! The return is usually from 100 – 130% of original cost.
Homes with basements sell for more money. Especially dry, finished basements!
Many home owners who convert their crawl spaces go far beyond simply adding a basement. They instead turn that basement into another floor on the home; often adding rooms (like extra bedrooms, bathrooms, home gyms or entertainment rooms).
This can have the value of your home sky rocket!
Now, your new home, with it’s new basement, is worth a lot more money, you have more living and storage space, and, it’s a lot like putting an addition on your home…you have new rooms and vastly increased living area!