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Finishing my basement - is there a standard checklist of things to do?

Old 09-23-02, 07:02 AM
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Question Finishing my basement - is there a standard checklist of things to do?


I have a completely unfinished basement and would like to start finishing work on it this winter. Does anyone know of a good resource that would have a definitive checklist of everything that would be involved, including electrical and HVAC preparations?

I am planning on doing everything but electrical and carpeting. Still, I know I will need to plan for everything.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!


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Old 09-26-02, 09:53 PM
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City Hall. Here in Minnesota, city hall has detailed instructions on which inspections need be inspected first, lists of codes, and helpful broshures on how to best complete your home project. I imagine the system works very similarly where you are at.
Old 09-27-02, 05:17 AM
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Thanks for the reply! I'll check with the city's building and safety department.
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Old 09-27-02, 09:33 AM
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I am just completing the lower level (aka basement) of my house. Sheetrock inspection is happening this morning. Just a few things that I have learned.

Check with your local building inspector.
Pull all permits that you need.
Inspect your work before calling the inspector. You are your own worst critic.
Get the inspections done and documented.
Take lots of pictures before, during, and after the construction.
Ask questions. If in doubt call the inspector.
Read everything that you can get your hands on.
Watch shows like Trading Spaces, HomeTime, How2Crew and etc.
Talk to your home owners insurance agent. Keep them in the loop.

Plan your work. Seriously, sit down and make all of your drawings. Really give this serious thought. The more planning that you do now will save you much more money, time and headaches later. Programs like Visio 2000 can make this much easier.

Work your plan. Keep changes down to the bare minimum. Changes can get really expensive once a project has been started.

Pace yourself.

Happing building

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