Even the nicest finished basements always lack one very important thing, natural light. Natural light livens up a room, allows for natural plants to flourish, and generally just makes people happier. Imagine sitting in your basement office or basement bedroom and being able to gaze out and see the sunny day around you.
Do not be fooled by do-it-yourself blogs which can make it sound easy. Installing an egress window is an involved and very technical task.
In order to install one, your foundation must be cut, yes the foundation which holds your house up. Also the drainage system must be properly tied into your home’s existing drainage system.
Be sure to ask potential egress window contractors how they intend to do this, and pay attention. If you feel like they don’t know the answer, be concerned. Improper installation can be disastrous and turn your potential gem into a never ending nightmare.
Also ask how they intend to cut the foundation. If they say anything other than a track mounted hydraulic wet saw tell them, “ Thanks, but no thanks!” Installing an egress window is not a job for a handyman or weekend warrior.
Be sure to select an insured, bonded member of the Better Business Bureau. We have installed every style of egress window well and have weeded out the low quality and over priced options for you.
Building codes dictate that any basement containing a bedroom or sleeping room must contain an egress window and approved egress window well system to facilitate occupants’ escape in case of fire or other natural disaster.
Adding an egress window not only provides priceless peace of mind, but also adds value to your home, and increases your quality of life while spending time in your finished basement.
When you list your home, the MLS listing will ignore all finished footage in your finished basement possibly causing potential buyers to pass over your listing, not knowing your home meets their square footage requirements. This being said, installing an egress window and egress window well, yields incomparable returns on your investment.
The square footage of a typical basement has an equal amount of square footage as each floor above. Imagine what adding a couple of bedrooms, a bathroom, and multiplying the total square feet in your home will do for its value. In this housing market every seller needs every advantage he or she can get to stand out from the house down the street.