I am loooking for advice on modest ways we can improve the function and value of our basement.
We bought a 60-yr old home last summer with a dark and unattractive block basement. It is always dry, but only because the previous owner installed effective french drains and a sump. There is efflorescence on the walls and the sump is active during rain, so there is water coming through the walls.
We would like to improve the basement for our own use and for future resale value. My understanding is that a full basement remodel typically returns less than 50% of cost. I don't expect 100% return, but I don't want to spend piles of money that we can't posibly get back at resale.
So I am wondering if--like modest kitchen upgrades--a partial basement upgrade will have a better ROI than a full remodel.
My idea is to do modest upgrades to simply make the basement look clean, bright and bone dry. My list so far includes:
* Add downspout extensions and re-grade soil to slope away from outside basement foundation, to reduce outside water flow during rain.
* Clean basement walls, repair cracks, seal and repaint with waterpoof masonry paint.
* Replace 5 old Hopper windows and rebuild wells.
* Paint basement floor.
* Electrical: Untangle electrical mess of wires, install good lighting, multiple electrical sockets
* Add an emergency marine-battery sump pump.
* Maybe add simple baseboard heating.
I would value other thoughts and suggestions.