Are you wondering how much a basement finish may cost? This post walks through the different factors affecting the cost of a basement finish in Des Moines, IA.

How much does a basement finish cost?

Like anything, the cost of a basement finish can vary dramatically depending on the the size of the basement and the type of materials to be utilized. In this article, we will cover the following topics:

  • What is the average cost of a basement finish?
  • What work was already completed when the home was built?
  • What types of material are to be used?
  • Will your basement have any upgraded areas? (i.e. bar, theater room, etc.)
  • How long does it take to complete a basement finish?
  • What to consider when completing a basement finish?

What is the average cost of a basement finish?

At HomeWorx, the average cost of a basement finish is $35,000 in the Des Moines area. The range of our basement finishes can be as little $15,000 to $50,000+ depending on the scope of work. A number of factors come in to play when determining the cost of a basement finish. Throughout the remainder of this article, we will speak to some of the major items affecting the price.

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What work was already completed when the home was built?

In many cases some of the initial steps to finish a basement may have been completed when your home was originally built. This is much more common in homes built within the last 15 years. Some of the questions to consider are:

  • Were the plumbing drain lines already roughed in for the bathroom?
  • Was any of the framing already completed?
  • Was insulation installed?
  • Is the electrical panel in the basement or garage?
  • Is there an egress window?
  • Does the basement already include supply and return lines for the furnace and air conditioner?
  • If the answer is yes, it will save us from breaking up concrete to run the drain line. We will simply need to run waterlines to the location of the bathtub, toilet and vanity.
  • If the answer is no or you don’t like the current location we will have to break up concrete. After the concrete is broken up drain lines will be run as needed and concrete will be poured to cover.
  • Typically, we will see no framing completed or only the exterior walls.
  • Many times insulation was previously installed in the basement. Some people opt to put insulation in the ceiling for a sound barrier as well.
  • If the panel is in the basement already it means easier access and a less expensive install.
  • If the basement will include a bedroom it must have an egress window. Many municipalities are beginning to require an egress window in a basement even if it will not have a bedroom.