Should You Waterproof Your Basement Before Listing Your Home For Sale?

A basement gives you a place to take shelter in a storm and an open foundation under your home for storing necessities. But, in actuality, a basement should be more than that. If you are planning to list your house for sale, it is well worth it to invest in basement waterproofing beforehand. This one investment could totally change how attractive the listing is to buyers. Here is a look at why. 

Just having receipts for the work done can help sell the house 

In some areas of the country, any amount of space below the ground is viewed as a potential downfall in the eyes of a prospect. Basements can get a really bad reputation for being dank and damp. To a potential buyer, seeing a basement as part of the home can make them think: 

  • They will face problems with water damage to the house at some point 
  • They may have to contend with mold or mildew 
  • They will get a space with their home that requires a lot of time and attention

Taking the provable initiative to get the water issues in the basement fixed is going to help eliminate that doubt about the home serving up these kinds of undesirables. You will be able to show that the basement is certifiably dry and that it will likely stay dry for w while. Best of all, a lot of waterproofing contractors warranty their work for a few years, which can be an added selling point. 

A waterproofed basement has additional square footage 

If the basement is little more than a concrete room with seeping walls and flooring, it is not really all that functional for anything. Yes, you have that space, but it is not something you can advertise logically when you list the house for sale because it won't offer any real value to a buyer.

On the other hand, if you do work with a home basement waterproofing contractor to fix the problem, you essentially get all that added square footage to be mentioned in your listing. A 1,500 square-foot home quickly becomes a 3,000 square-foot home with a flexible space that can be used for everything from spare bedrooms to storage. If you really want to make the home look more attractive, get the waterproofing done, do some finishing work (painting and paneling, for example), and then make the basement look like a functional space. 

For more information, reach out to a basement waterproofing service.