There are many, many home owners who ignore the basement and regard it just as a storage palce. Fixing the basement can include a whole floor to your house which can be used as another family area or for another bedrooms. Such a space can be wasted if permitted to be wet and full of mold. Water-proofing your basement beforehand will certainly conserve you a great deal of money in the end. In addition, you add a healthy and usable area to your house that will increase its value in case you choose to sell it in the future.