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Moving tips: Dealing with a basement in the new home

Some basements can be furnished.

Some basements can be furnished.

When moving into a new home, you may have a project to deal with regarding the basement. This can involve many things if it is unfinished. However, if it is actually a finished basement, you may be able to have some fun with it.

With an unfinished basement, you may need to clean it extensively. Most of them won't allow you to do much more than storing items, but that doesn't have to be a bad thing. Check out the basement before you move anything down there, and see what you need to do to clean it. One likelihood is that you will need to sweep the area, or even set off a bug bomb, especially if you see bugs you don't want in your home.

Not only should you clean it, but you may want to plan out where you will put items. Be on the lookout for areas that may be damp, as these may not be good spots for boxes or items that can get damaged. In addition, check to ensure that the boxes and other tools that you put there have enough room and you can comfortably manage them.

A finished basement can have a bit more use, as you can actually make it into a second living room, or any other room that isn't a storage area. While, yes, you can use it to store items, if needed, it still has many other options that you may want to take advantage of.

If you want to make a new area for people to hang out, measure the area to see if you can fit some of your furniture in the area. If you can, plan out what you want to do for organizational purposes. Getting an idea of where you will put furniture could have a big effect on how your move will go, and it could make you less stressed about the situation.

Finally, when moving items to the basement - whether it is finished or unfinished - make sure you have help. It isn't easy to walk down stairs in any situation with furniture. However, if you have help, the process can be relatively painless.