Having your basement finished by a professional is not an easy task. Finding the right basement finishing company is also a bit daunting. But, these become manageable with the right people, ideas, and tools.
Who Do You Go To For Answers?
When your home has needed updates in the past, who did you call for help? Maybe you blindly chose someone out of the phone book, asked your dad, or you tried fixing it without anyone else’s help. Sometimes, these options actually work out just fine. Other times our lack of gumption devoted to solving an issue gets us in even more trouble than when we began.
So, if you want your basement finished, make sure you do more than what was just mentioned. Don’t just go to one person for advice, definitely don’t do it by yourself, and when it comes to finding professional help – never lower your standards for anyone!
Don’t blindly go into choosing a contractor, because you can’t live in your house wearing blindfolds. You want to know what you’re getting before you have made the commitment, but sometimes that’s easier said than done.
When everything looks good and the advertising is convincing, there isn’t much to be done besides waiting it out and hoping you make the right choice.
Not exactly. There is something you can do, it’s called research. Be your own sleuth. Everyone loves snooping around, and solving problems. Why not solve your own?
Make a list of questions, or just have one in your head before you call a company and allow the conversation to flow. Some people base their interpretation of a company upon one interaction with one sales associate. Don’t do that. Though it might take some time trying to interact with more than one person, just know that everyone isn’t 100 percent fully charged, all the time. But, if you do decide to give up on a company after one interaction, maybe that decision saved you from another frustrating conversation. You may never know.
What you do know is that a basement finishing company should have the following qualities:
– An abundance of knowledge about basement finishing followed up by a ton of experience.
– Enough experience to make you feel confident that their hands-on knowledge matches their book knowledge.
– Simple answers to your questions, without manipulation.
– A wealth of knowledge about how their products help your specific problem.
– A sincere concern about fixing your problem. This is about you, not them.
– An inventory of products that solve your issue, and also provide services maybe you hadn’t considered.
After you have found a contractor, it’s now time to be content with the services they provide. What kinds of ideas do they have? If their ideas are meeting your needs, and you are convinced they have your best interest at heart, then by all means follow through with the interaction.
But, if you are beginning to feel confused and concerned whether their “solutions” actually solve your problems, you must have the courage to say that you need to seek other options. It is in their best interest that you inform them why you will not be following through with the offer. With all intents and purposes, do not give in and let go of your dream basement. If you want a special design, then get that design – unless of course, it is somewhat dangerous, or discouraged by numerous experts.
As previously mentioned, it’s always good to have dual purpose products. This means that the contractor’s products not only provide the service you want and need, but go above and beyond your expectations. This is how you know you have found the right contractor. They should know more than you, they are the professional!
A great basement finishing product is one that also withstands water damage, prevents mold growth, or is waterproof. Oh, and try to hire a contractor that offers warranties on the products! There are so many products that just do what they must, and they don’t do it very well. But, you are surely overjoyed when an honest company comes around offering innovative and proactive products that are also guaranteed by warranties.
After all is said and done, your Indiana basement will never be the same. It will be a wonderful inclusion to your home’s livability, and it could become your favorite room in the house!
If you’re looking for a reputable basement finishing contractor in Indiana, be sure to contact one of our Basement Systems, Inc. dealers. We’re an international network of the world’s finest and most experienced basement finishing contractors.