In today's economy, it's definitely a buyer's market when it comes to real estate and residential properties. In an environment like this, it's paramount for any homeowner looking to sell their property that they do everything in their power to increase the value of their property through affordable home improvement projects. Even small improvements can increase the potential selling price of your home and attract more prospective buyers. One of the first things a home inspector will look at when assessing your home's value will be the foundation, foundations and potential water damage or flooding issues. With a few inexpensive basement waterproofing techniques, you can improve the aesthetic appeal of your home and safeguard it against costing issues.
If you're trying to sell your home and you feel that the foundation needs some attention in order to attract buyers, do not assume that you have to put thousands of dollars into a complete basement waterproofing project. In many cases, excavation and the replacement of footer drains will not be necessary at all. Initially, contact several local basement waterproofing companies and have them come to your home to inspect your foundation (most companies will do free estimates on all work, so you do not have to worry about being charged). Ask them questions regarding the minimal amount of work that needs to be done to secure your property and make it look good again, and what that work will involve.
You may be surprised to find that the only thing necessary is high pressure water jetting to unclog your footer drains and relieve pressure on your basement walls, which will decrease seepage, mold and mildew problems. Using polymer based waterproofing coatings on the inside of the foundation, and painting the walls, can add additional aesthetic appeal to the basement that will make buyers more likely to take an interest.
And do not take the easy way out by leaving all of that clutter and messiness in your basement before buyers come to look! You may think that prospective buyers are not interested in what kind of shape the basement is in, but many opportunities have been lost due to sellers who do not take the time to clean up their basements, wash the floors, sweep up and organize A bit. Waterproofing your basement is fine, but it has to look appealing at first glance, too.
Unfortunately, you may find yourself in a situation where there is an extensive water damage to your basement walls that requires extensive excavation and plumbing work. If a basement waterproofing company tells you that there are serious problems with your basement, you will have to distribute this information to any potential buyers or risk having to pay for repairs if there is flooding after they move in. Rather than risk this, it's better to invest the time, effort and money into properly repairing your basement problems now. Doing so will increase the value of your home and make buyers much more likely to choose your home.