Your basement could make a great addition to the living space in your home. It is one of the more popular home improvement projects to finish a basement. Some do it to get an extra room for the kids, others to have a “cave” where they can hide away, or just as an entertainment room for the whole family. Depending on what you want to be installed in the basement, there are several things to keep in mind.

One common issue in basements is water intrusion, so before you spend a lot of money finishing it you should make sure that it won’t all be ruined when there is a heavy rainstorm. In many areas, it might be a good safety measure to have a sump pump in the basement before you finish it.

If you need running water in the basement, you likely will need a sewage pump to drain sewage if you are at a level that is below ground.

Electrical installations should be done by an electrician to ensure that there is no risk of injury or electrocution.