A crawlspace conversion, often called a dig-out, is a way that contractors such as ourselves excavate your crawlspace and change it into something much more beneficial. A process like this both eliminates many of the threats to your home’s health and leaves an immense amount of potential for change.
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Digging under the foundation of your home is an extremely dangerous and delicate process. This complex process requires an expert engineer and a knowledgeable contractor so it should never be attempted by the homeowner.
Luckily, this is nothing new to us as we have turned hundreds of crawlspaces into basements over the years. We at Basement Solutions have the professional experience to complete this process safely and effectively.
How Does it Work?
When a we perform a crawlspace conversion, we excavate to the depth and width of a full basement. Depending on the existing conditions and the customer’s preferences, this will typically be 7 to 10 feet deep. The ultimate goal is to provide as much extra storage or living space as possible, for the best possible price.
After the concrete is poured and set for both the floor and walls of the foundation we install a waterproofing system in the basement to prevent future water-related issues (mold, leaks, cracks, weak foundation, etc).
We understand that the main hurdle for most home owners is cost. A crawlspace dig out is a large investment but our past customers will assure you that the benefits far outweigh the initial cost. Dig-outs are both cheaper and faster than extensions or additions to your home and they carry many benefits alongside them.
Here is a video that shows some of the steps involved in this process:
The Benefits of a Crawlspace Conversion
Increase Living Space
Adding a basement to your home immediately adds an immense amount of living space. You are essentially adding another entire floor to your home in just a few months.
Homeowners who have converted their crawlspaces have turned their basement into home offices, entertainment centers, multi-room living areas with bathrooms and kitchen appliances, children’s play areas and even home gyms.
Increase Storage Space
Anyone with a crawlspace knows they’re practically useless for practical storage. Crawlspaces are small and often inaccessible. Additionally, they can house pests and mold and are prone to water damage, therefore putting all of the items in storage at risk.
A basement, on the other hand, gives you plenty of accessible storage room and is a much dryer area to protect your things.
Increases Home Value
This is perhaps the biggest draw for homeowners who question whether a crawl space dig-outs is the right move financially. When it comes time to sell your home, you’ll thank yourself for making an investment that increases both its life and resale value.
Houses with basements, on average, sell for 20-30% more than homes without them. Additionally, they sell 5-10% faster. Everything counts when selling your home and trying to recoup your initial investment. Most studies show that the return on investment is usually in the neighborhood of 130%.
If or someone you know is considering turning their old, damp crawlspace into a finished or unfinished basement, don’t wait any longer! We at Basement Solutions want to help.
Give us a call today at 610-495-9111 for a FREE INSPECTION. For more detailed information on services, please visit www.basements911.com today.