Helena Talbot’s blog – Easy Ideas To Finish Off Your Basement Ceiling

If you have a basement, then it is probable that your ceiling is an eye sore full of plumbing, pipes, wires, ductwork and all sorts of things that you really don’t want to look at. So refinishing your basement ceiling sounds pretty appealing doesn’t it? But exactly how do you go about it? Do you have to hire a professional or can you do it yourself? Well, that depends on which route you decide to go and what type of skill set you have.

Here are a few ideas to help you decide how you want to refinish your basement ceiling.

• The easiest, most practical and user friendly way to disguise your basement ceiling is to paint it. Painting it will make everything blend in and look uniform so that it will be less noticeable. You often see this technique used in restaurants and bars. You will need a paint sprayer to apply it though due to all of the small spaces and awkward angles that most basement ceilings have. It is best to use black or a darker color. Use a flat paint because a high gloss paint will attract attention and that is what you are trying to avoid. If you are painting over a metal surface make sure that you prime it before painting. In addition, and you probably already know this, but always clean the dust, dirt and cobwebs off all surfaces before you begin painting

• Consider installing a drop ceiling. These are sometimes called suspended ceilings and they make for a great ceiling surface. A drop ceiling is a metal grid that hangs from wires that are attached to your current surface. They are acoustic panels that are very lightweight and very easy to install. They also make a great sound barrier. No remodeling necessary. Just build the metal grid and slide in the panels – that’s it! If you have not seen a drop ceiling in a while, you may be remembering them as unattractive sheetrock looking type panels. However, you can now buy many different types of decorative designs to fit just about any decor

• Have some sheetrock installed to make it look like the rest of your ceilings. You will probably need to hire a professional to do this though

• You could try some sheet paneling. You can cover the seams with strip molding. Some panels have a tongue and groove option. It is generally more expensive but much easier to instal

• If your basement ceiling has obstructions, you may have to build some soffits before installing the sheetrock or paneling. A soffit is just a box that is build around the obstruction

• If you don’t want to build soffits around the obstructions, you may be able to have a plumber or an HVAC technician move the existing plumbing or ductwork. Generally this is cheaper than building soffits around them. So check into this as a cheap alternative to soffits

If you find that you would rather have a home with a finished out basement, contact your realtor and let them know what type of home you are looking for and make sure you specify that you want one with a finished out basement. They would be more than happy to help you find a home that will meet your specific needs.

I specialize in helping buyers and sellers invest in real estate in Loudoun County and Northern Virginia.

I have over 25 years experience in the real estate industry.  As a Broker/Owner with Exit Realty Talbot and Company, I bring special tools and solutions that enable me to exceed the expectations of my clientele.  If you are considering listing your property in Loudoun County or the nearby areas, ask me about our latest internet marketing systems.  I would appreciate the opportunity to earn your business.  I am experienced in listing and selling short sales.  For information on the short sale process, please visit  www.LoudounShortSaleSolutions.com.

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My past awards and designations include – 2003 President of the Dulles Association of Realtors, 2003 Dulles Area Assoc Realtor of the Year, Salesperson of the year 2000 Dulles Area Assoc of Realtors,  Top Producer awards from both the Dulles Area Association and the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors.  I am a member of the Top 5 in Real Estate Network.

I have lived in Loudoun County since 1979.  I am married with two grown children and two grandchildren.  My son in law is my business partner in real estate.  I love to jog in the mornings and spend time relaxing on my Trawler during the summer months.

Loudoun County and Northern Virginia Real Estate Sales and Solutions – Helena Talbot, Broker. I specialize in helping buyers and sellers invest in real estate in the Northern Virginia area to include Loudoun County and surrounding areas including Fairfax, Clarke, Fauquier, Prince William  Counties.  Our local neighborhoods includeLeesburgAshburn, Sterling, Potomac Falls, Brambleton, Broadlands, Lansdowne, River Creek, Belmont Country Club, Beacon Hill, Shenstone, Waterford, Lovettsville, Purcellville, Hamilton, Round Hill and Bluemont.                        Cell 703.727.9885    Office 703.574.3800

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