Nova Construction Pro has the ability, not to only design, but build out any basement remodeling projects you may want as a Northern Virginia homeowner. As a Virginia class A contractor, we have the ability to design, build the basement of your dreams. In Fairfax County, Nova Construction Pro typically utilizes the Fairfax County basement detail to pull the necessary permits to remodel your basement. If you are going to remodel your basement in Fairfax County, Arlington County, Loudon County, or Prince William County we will follow the Virginia statewide 2012 building codes.

What to Do Before You Start Renovating Your Basement

Before you begin buying insulation and framing walls for your basement remodel, you must get your basement prepped for the remodel by cleaning it out and ensuring your basement doesn’t have any active leaks and that it all the elments are up to your county’s codes.

Step 1: Clean Out Your Basement

Before you begin your DIY project, or bring in experts, you need to remove all the stored items from your basement. Clear away all the boxes, bins, trash and appliances before getting started.

Step 2: Complete a Moisture Test in the Basement

It’s a great idea to perform a moisture test to find out if you need to waterproof your basement before remodeling. If not, your basement renovation could be ruined by sneaky leaks.

Contact Nova Construction Pro if you have leaks or dampness or mold in your basement.

Once you’ve addressed the leaking walls, complete the test again to verify you’ve fixed the issue and then you’re ready to get started.

Pro Tip for Finishing Your Basement: Even if you don’t have a problem with leaking walls, consider adding a coat of waterproofing membrane to exterior cement walls before you move forward. This will help prevent future issues.

Step 3: Research Local Building Permits and Building Codes for Basements

You will need to apply for the appropriate building permits when you start working on your basement. Before you do that, research local building codes to find if there are rules about the ceiling height and the number of exits required for your basement. If your basement doesn’t meet these requirements, you may need to rethink a DIY approach to finishing your basement.

Once you know your basement meets the appropriate codes, apply for your permits and get to work finishing your basement.