Basement contractors must be licensed and insured. Experience varies, but many have been in the business for several years. To become a basement contractor, one has to undergo a certain period of apprenticeship, or on-the-job training. Some specialize in certain aspects, such as floors, framing, foundation repair, or waterproofing.
Some contractors have backgrounds in engineering, in which case they must have at least a bachelor's degree from a college or university. Putting on additions, providing renovations, and building stairs are all part of a basement contractor's job. He or she may excavate, insulate, repair, and renovate, all depending on the design specs of the remodeling or installation project.
Services typically offered by basement contractors include waterproofing, foundation crack repairs, garage floor coating, concrete sealing, and inspections. They may be able to build safe rooms, attics, foundations, floors, and staircases for residential and commercial customers. Others specialize in basement finishing, offering guaranteed finish dates, detailed plans and contracts, free estimates, and workmanship warranties. Contractors should provide a detailed timeline at the beginning of the project to let the customer know when and how the job will be done, as well as how much it will cost.
Related fields include other contractors skilled in plumbing, drywall, siding, and masonry. These contractors all work together on residential, municipal, and commercial projects to bring a project full circle.
Basement contractors should have good communication skills, business sense, and time management skills. Whether as part of home improvements, installations, renovations, or remodels, basement contractors should make a point of being timely, providing quality, efficient work.