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Old 2009-03-02, 06:10 PM
sarcol27 sarcol27 is offline
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Default Finish Basement with Builder or After

Is it generally cheaper to finish the basement after closing?
Any ideas how much for square foot (approx.) with a builder vs. after closing?
Specifically, the builders are Tartan or Tamarack.
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Old 2009-03-02, 07:31 PM
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I'm finishing my basement for around 8.50/sqft, that's everything included. I hired an electrician and I will have the carpet installed by a contractor. Other than that I did all the labour myself.
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Old 2009-03-02, 09:01 PM
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I may have answered this in another thread, but just in case...

Our Tartan connected single was (is) in the arena of $11,000-$11,600 (I don't have the change order on hand). That is for just over 600 square feet. We have no skill or time to do it ourselves, and want the space right away. This is a good price based on what we saw when we were choosing a house.
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Old 2009-03-03, 07:30 AM
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One thing to keep in mind....

If doing the basement yourself (i.e. not through the builder), know the impact it has on your warranty. If the builder has to come back to fix things from the original construction, they might not be liable for damages done to the newly constructed basement. For example, if they have to rip out some drywall to access the interior foundation, they might not be responsible for replacing it. I'm sure this is all articulated in the warranty documentation.
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Old 2009-03-03, 09:32 AM
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It may not be a good idea to have the basement finished especially on a new house. A good time to do it would be after 2 years.

The benefits by doing this are:

1) The ground is still settling and you may develop leaks as the house settles. You won't see the leaks / concrete cracks if the basement is finished.

2) If you finish the basement and got it through the builder, your property taxes will be based on a house with a finished basement. If you do it after, your taxes are based on just the house without a finished basement.

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