Several times, I have considered finishing off my basement.
Last year, we even called a contractor to get an estimate on what it would cost to have the basement finished.
We decided to put it off for a little while and now we are glad we made that decision. We have an old boiler in our basement. We have water pipes that go all along the ceiling and up the walls. A boiler works by heating water and sending the water throughout the house to heat the house. A boiler needs a little bit of special care so those pipes don’t break. Our kids were playing in the basement last year. My daughter had somehow turned the faucet just enough to allow a steady stream of water to come from the water tank of the boiler. Since the stream of water was so small, the boiler didn’t have any trouble keeping up with the call for heat. A couple of weeks later, I had to go to the basement to get some tools. I was shocked to step down into water that was up to my knees. It turns out that our boiler had been leaking for weeks and no one had noticed. I am really glad that we hadn’t had the basement finished when we talked about it. We would have had one heck of a mess to clean up. We would have needed to replace everything we had down there, and not just a boiler heating system. I am truly thankful that we decided to wait awhile to do that work.