What should I expect to pay for a Basement walkout?

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Posted by: from Burlington
3/16/2009 at 4:31:38 PM

Hello, I've tried to do my due dillegence and get a few quotes on this but they're all over the board $4,000 to $20,000. What is a realistic price and what would I be falling for? Any advice will be appreciated.


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Paige Residential in Barrie
Date/Time3/16/2009 at 6:31:40 PM

Hello Richard

Is this referring to what you would pay a builder for a walkout basement premium ??? or are you talking about finishing a walkout basement into living space ???


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Abba's Service in Huntsville
Date/Time3/16/2009 at 7:59:43 PM

Builder or no builder it still is around $4,000 to $8,000 depend on what needs to be done! More than $8,000 you are getting ripped period.

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Paige Residential in Barrie
Date/Time3/16/2009 at 11:07:55 PM

I'm trying to understand just what it is he is getting prices on ??? he is not specific.

If any one can complete a finished basement for

8 grand or less then let me know where to find them....

1) Is it a walk out lot premium ??

2) Is it to create a walk out from an existing basement ??

3) Or is it to completly finish the walk out basement for occupancy ???

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Richard in Burlington
Date/Time3/17/2009 at 2:10:07 PM

This project is a new entrance way into my un- finished basement from the backyard. I currently have a Large window which I would like to make into a Doorway. Does This help?


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Paige Residential in Barrie
Date/Time3/17/2009 at 8:05:24 PM

Thanks Richard

Taking into account frost protecting the foundations footing once exposed, this would now be where the bottom of the new door is, amount of excavation & haulage of extra soil, retaining walls if required, restructure support above new door if required, and replace sod from equipment going to & from the back yard. In my opinion I would budget a little on the high side and go with $10,000 - $12,000.

You should always plan an extra cushion for the unexpected.


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Blueprint Contracting in High River
Date/Time3/17/2009 at 9:45:18 PM

My two cents, stairs leading down to the door, you may want brick much nicer to look at. Some type of drainage system in front of the door, weather you tie into your weeping system or do a sump system draining out to the yard. Lights and hand rail will be required by code.

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Abba's Service in Huntsville
Date/Time3/17/2009 at 10:29:12 PM

I think you would be pretty close with the figures around 10,000 to 12,000 sounds good to be safe but I did realize what he was saying and $20,000 someone else told this man come on guy's That is the kind of stuff that will put customers running scared every time! The minute he ask his questions I new what he was talking about $12,000 is a safe Number. with about 2000 to play with for extra's

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Gabriele from Geometra Design Ltd. in Toronto
Date/Time5/14/2009 at 10:01:21 PM

In any case you will need a building permit, and I will be glad to help.

Gabriele Guiducci

What should I expect to pay for a Basement walkout?
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Gabriele from Geometra Design Ltd. in Toronto
Date/Time5/14/2009 at 10:03:04 PM

sample drawing

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Lynn in Edmonton
Date/Time6/25/2009 at 12:50:14 AM

Just wanted to give a little advice of be really careful who you get to do this work. We recently added a walkout door using a contractor found on this website. He claimed to know exactly what to do, showed references, pics, etc. He gave a good price and made alot of promises. We are now out our money, his inspection didn't pass, and the permit hadn't even been approved to do the work. To touch foundation you need a structural engineer for city permits.

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Construction WORX Ontario ltd. in Kitchener
Date/Time7/7/2009 at 8:58:31 AM

All comments made are valid, however did the existing grade get considered? Without looking at this to provide a proper assesment we're just speculating, however if a retaining wall needs to be constructed along with everything else now your close to $20,000, what about restoring the inside? cosmetic finish on the outside of the building once the wall is exposed? The engineer, his time his report his specification, permit drawings, this all adds up. To validate eveyones comments and give a more realistic approach this type of project done correctly can range from $10,000 to $20,000 again depending on the actual site condition. To the customer who got taken by that "$4,000" contractor with all the promises, my apologies from the rest of us in the industry that get a bad rap because of contractors like that! If you need help fixing the mess you've been left let me know I would be glad to help. I find I spend more time trying to convince people that I'm not going to rip them off when quoting a job more then anything else, real companies, bigger more established companies have a lot more to loose then people think by ripping people off. Its actually better for us to do the job properly then not. One hint, when the contractor you want to hire is insitant on a deposit before he starts and there really isnt a contract, you may want to think twice. Contracts are very important, for both parties, even for us when it comes to customers that default on us. Sorry for the rant but somethings just need to be said!

Tony Bruno

Construction WORX Ltd.


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