What Is the Average Cost of Remodeling a Basement?
$12,070 - $33,690
$12,070 - $33,690
Updated January 13, 2023Reviewed by Ezra Laniado, Expert Contributor.
The average cost of remodeling a basement is between $12,070 and $33,690. It can cost as low as $3,850 to refresh an already finished basement or as much as $50,000 for a high-end remodel. The average homeowner spends around $21,600 for a basement remodel, depending on various factors.
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|Typical Range||$12,070 - $33,690|
|Low End - High End||$3,500 - $52,000|
Cost data is based on actual project costs as reported by 6,658 HomeAdvisor members.
Several factors impact your basement remodel costs, including size, materials, labor, and permits and inspections.
See the estimated average percentages your factors contribute to your total cost.
The materials you choose and your basement’s size combine to create the largest pricing factor; the two are inseparable. While you can save by choosing cost-effective materials, expect to pay more to buy more to cover a larger basement.
Hiring one or more professionals to complete your remodel will take up about 40% of your budget, depending on your projects, your location, your basement’s size, and any unique dimensions or obstacles.
Many locations require permits and/or inspections before beginning some basement remodeling projects. These prices range widely based on location. To be safe, allot about 10% of your budget to permits and inspections.
Expect to pay about $21,700 for the average basement remodel. However, you’ll need a significantly bigger budget to accommodate a larger and/or more extravagant remodel, including adding new rooms.
Stick to the basics.
Budget $6,000–$9,500 for materials for a small update. Stretch your budget by choosing modest materials.
Choose calculated remodeling projects that have the biggest impact without breaking the bank. An in-home theater might sound nice, but it’s not as functional as building out a new bathroom, guestroom, or modest entertainment space.
DIY where you can.
Your budget for labor depends on the size of your basement and what you need completed. For example, an electrician costs $50–$100 per hour. Stick with modest updates to insulation, wiring, lighting, bathroom fixtures, or flooring.
Pick your pros strategically; DIY the projects you can, but hire a pro for anything involving plumbing or electrical work.
Some projects may not need a permit.
Building permit prices start at around $450.
A basement remodel costs $30 to $75 per square foot for most homes. You might pay $150 per square foot for high-end finishes and upgrade options.
You’ll find that the price to remodel multiple rooms also changes with the type of room. For example, bathrooms cost an average of $125 per square foot to remodel, while living rooms run $30 per square foot. Here are some average basement remodeling costs.
|Size||Square Feet||Price Range|
|Small||300 - 700||$9,000 - $52,500|
|Medium||700 - 1,500||$21,000 - $112,500|
|Large||1,500 - 2,000||$45,000 - $150,000|
|Oversized||2,000 - 4,000||$60,000 - $300,000|
The cost of remodeling a basement includes different subcontractor projects. In addition to painting and other cosmetic changes, you may need to bring in other professionals, like a local electrician to adjust wiring or a local plumber to add plumbing. Here’s how the costs break down.
|Subcontractor||Average Cost Range|
|Designer||$2,000 - $14,000|
|Permits & Inspections||$450 - $2,300|
|Waterproofing||$2,000 - $7,300|
|Framing||$1,500 - $6,000|
|Insulation||$500 - $2,500|
|Wiring & Electrical||$550 - $2,300|
|Plumbing||$350 - $2,000|
|Drywall & Texture||$1,000 - $2,900|
|Ceiling||$1,000 - $2,500|
|Painting & Wallpaper||$1,000 - $4,500|
|Flooring||$1,500 - $4,700|
|Fireplace Addition||$900 - $4,000|
Hiring a designer costs $2,000 to $14,000. Professional interior designers will help you layout the space for form and function. They’ll point you toward materials and upgrades that fit your home design and budget, especially with “some items skyrocketing to 200% to 300% of what the price was just a year or two ago,” says Ezra Laniado, Angi Expert Review Board member and owner of Landmark Construction & Development Group, Inc.
You’ll usually need a permit to complete certain jobs within your basement remodel. The typical cost for building permits is $450 to $2,300. Inspections usually come included in the permit price, but you may want to hire other inspectors for specific purposes. Inspections and tests include:
Drainage and gutter inspections: Usually free
Gutter cleaning: $120 to $225
Lead testing: $250 to $420
Radon testing: $150 to $800
Though waterproofing isn’t always necessary, many basements are subject to flooding and water damage. Waterproofing your basement costs $2,250 to $7,300. This task could save you money in the long run because it costs less to waterproof walls during your remodel than it does to waterproof your basement after the fact, especially if there’s water damage you need to fix.
Framing a basement costs $7 to $16 per square foot, including labor and material costs. Adding a single wall costs $1,000 to $2,900. You’ll only need to worry about adding a wall or two in most finished basements. You’ll want to add electrical, plumbing, and insulation after framing and before drywall.
Rewiring your basement costs $550 to $2,300, and an electrician typically charges $50 to $100 per hour. It’s not always necessary, but you may have to install additional lighting. If you want to add specialized upgrades like a sauna or a home theater room, you may need to budget for other electrical costs.
The cost to install or replace plumbing is $350 to $2,000. You’ll need it for laundry rooms, bathrooms, steam rooms, and wet bars.
Insulating a basement costs $500 to $2,500, usually using fiberglass batting. You can expect to pay $1.50 to $2.50 per square foot to insulate a basement. A basement retains higher humidity than most other areas of your house. You’ll want to let the walls “breathe” so moisture doesn’t cause mold growth.
Drywall installation costs $1,000 to $2,900 or about $2 per square foot. You’ll only need it for new walls, not the existing finished space. Adding electrical and plumbing means you might need drywall repairs. Basement drywall repairs cost $300 to $900. Those fees often get included in the overall project bill.
Most ceilings cost between $900 and $2,400, depending on the type of ceiling. Drop ceilings are a popular option for basements because they’re simple to install and convenient for accessing important pipes, wiring, or ducts. On the other hand, a painted drywall ceiling can make your basement feel like a living space.
Standard drywall ceilings: $1 to $3 per square foot
Basement drop ceilings: $5 to $28 per square foot
Painted basement ceilings: $2 to $5.50 per square foot
You’ll spend $500 to $4,500 on average to cover your remodeled walls. You have a few choices that you can use by themselves or mixed.
Interior painting: $500 to $4,500 or $2 to $6 per square foot, depending on the paint quality and area size.
Wallpaper installation: $500 to $3,000 or $25 to $35 per roll
Flooring installation costs $1,500 to $4,700. You’ll have a wide range of materials to choose from, so pick something that matches your current design and budget. Since a basement is one of the most humid places in your home, choose a type of flooring that performs well in humid environments.
Fireplace installs cost $900 to $4,000. Most of the cost comes from the fireplace and the addition of a new chimney pipe.
Room additions are some of the largest costs associated with basement remodels. Adding a bathroom or bedroom can increase the value of your home, but it’s an investment.
|Type of Room Addition||Typical Price|
|Bathroom||$8,000 - $15,000|
|Bedroom||$20,000 - $30,000|
|Wet Bar||$500 - $22,500|
|Sauna||$3,000 - $6,000|
|Home Gym||$300 - $15,000|
|Home Theater Room||$2,000 - $63,000|
Adding a bathroom is usually 30% to 50% of the cost to finish a basement. Expect to spend $200 to $300 per square foot or as much as $600 per square foot if you choose luxury appliances and high-end finishes. The total cost to add a bathroom is anywhere between $5,000 and $90,000, but most homeowners spend $8,000 to $15,000 to add one to their basement.
The cost to add a bedroom during your basement remodel is usually between $20,000 to $30,000. Most of the price comes from the walls, flooring, and paint, but there are some additional costs. To legally call a room a bedroom in a basement, you’ll need both a closet and an egress window.
Most homeowners spend $500 to $22,500 on the cost of wet bar installation. A wet bar turns a living space into an entertaining space. You can purchase premade bars or have custom work done. Prefabricated bars generally cost less.
Sauna installation costs $3,000 to $6,000 with steam room costs running about the same. You can buy a premade plug-in sauna for $2,000 to $5,000.Saunas use dry heat and steam rooms hit 100% humidity and require plumbing and waterproofing, so that adds to the total cost.
Home gyms cost $300 to $15,000, depending on your training goals and budget. You can start small with exercise equipment on a concrete floor for under $500. For $10,000 and up, you can install hardwood floors, full-length mirrors, and exercise machines.
A home theater costs $300 per square foot, but homeowners can spend anywhere from $2,000 to $63,000 on this type of remodel. That high-end price includes soundproofing, theater seating, a large screen, a projector, and a sound system. Without a purpose-built room, you’ll need specialty wiring and some soundproofing.
Turning a basement into an apartment or an in-law suite is a popular remodel, and you’ll typically recover your investment in two to five years if you rent out the space. The price of an in-law suite or apartment conversion is typically $40,000 to $125,000, but you should also consider the following costs.
The price to finish a basement is typically $2,800 to $34,00, and the average cost is about $18,400. Remodeling a basement usually involves demolition and reconfiguring the space. When you finish a basement, you don’t typically alter the layout of the space. As a result, you pay a little less than the average basement remodeling cost
Many homeowners view the cost of basement renovations as a long-term investment into their home, but a remodel doesn’t only add value over time. Depending on the type of remodel, you’re adding functional living space to your home—whether it’s a bedroom, a bathroom, or even a separate apartment.
Expect a 70% return on your investment from a basement remodel, though the exact value it adds to your home depends on the type of remodel and its purpose. For example, you can turn a profit on a basement remodel if you convert it into a basement apartment and rent out the space.
Basement remodels are expensive, but there are a few ways you can save money. Instead of choosing luxury fixtures and high-end materials, reach for less expensive—but sturdy—options. Your contractor should be able to help you find the best materials for your budget.
You can also save money by choosing a remodel that doesn’t involve extensive plumbing or electrical work. If you don’t have the budget to add a bathroom, consider transforming the space into a bedroom or seating area. Instead of a full-fledged home theater with expensive soundproofing and high-end electronics, opt for a large TV and cozy seating.
DIYing a basement remodel depends on your experience level. Some homeowners may have the skills to replace flooring, put up drywall, and paint the space. Unfortunately, basement remodels tend to get complicated. Some jobs, like adding a bathroom or kitchen, require a building permit. You should always leave jobs that require electrical work and plumbing to a licensed electrician and plumber.
Before you start your project, hire a local basement remodeling contractor to discuss your options. You may be able to cut costs by tackling the small stuff (like some of the demolition, cleanup, or painting) while they handle the jobs that require a pro.
You’ll hear remodeling, renovation, and finishing used interchangeably. But they have slight technical differences.
Remodeling means changing the look, function, or both of the space. Remodeling often means adding walls and rooms that didn’t previously exist.
Renovating means restoring the space to a like-new condition. You usually won’t change any structural elements or add upgrades during this process.
Finishing your basement takes it from bare concrete to full walls, ceiling, and floors.
Framing a basement cost about $4 to $10 per square foot. It’s usually less expensive than framing a house because you’re not typically building load-bearing walls, and it doesn’t require a lot of planning. You can expect to spend $1,500 to $6,000 framing a basement. A single wall will cost about $1,000 to $2,900.
The time it takes to finish a basement remodel depends on your specific plans for the project. Most remodel projects take 4 to 8 weeks, as long as the necessary materials, appliances, and fixtures aren’t backordered.