French drains outside dont clog if properly installed, mine is 85 yrs
Ugl is good for the inside , but only after you have done everything
outside. I think there are cheaper products for the out side.
If you live where heating is a major expense, Zone 7 or less consider
insulating foamboard on the exterior, R 20.
Plants, bushes, can remove alot of water before it settles, I would
plant to the house.
How high is your water table this will effect everything.
Trees planted the proper distance from the house can help alot, the
larger they get the higher their usage . I live 20 ft from a lake and
just dug out a basement in my house, the 8 -100, 200 yr oaks 15 ft from
my house keep my soil dry, im sure without them things would be
different. Certain trees like Willow require double to 4x the amount of
water as also do different bushes and plants.
A permit is a good idea and getting out the inspector to be sure the
contractor is not rippng you off is a good idea, yes take advantage of
the service you will pay for.
Use a moisture meter on the floor to determine level and to be sure you
can paint it, Oil base or epoxy will be more moisture resistant but
require a maximum concrete moisture content to be succesfully painted .
Do you have an interior pump and pit, if the water table is high just a
deep pit can releive alot of the hydrolic pressure, interior tile could
be added later if necessay
In quality old homes it was common to connect the exterior tile system
to an interior pump, my house is apx 70 x 35 and the old pit is 6 x 8
ft deep, the motor and pump ,original, the motor itself is apx 12x 14 "
, made to last and it has 85 yrs.