Basement Finishing in ND and MN, including Minot, Grand Forks & Fargo.

Waterproofing Your Basement Before Finishing

It is important to waterproof your North Dakota and Minnesota basement before any remodeling work is done. The basement remodeling process with Innovative Basement Systems is an easy, enjoyable one that we make sure we do right the first time.

We want to help you maximize the value, comfort, and enjoyment of your home by upgrading your basement into an exciting new living area. At Innovative Basement Systems, we address the issues listed below before starting any basement finishing project. 

Call us today for a free estimate in Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks or areas nearby.

Five steps to take before starting your basement finishing project

Finishing a basement properly requires a dry, clean space and long-lasting, top-quality materials. A little planning and preparation beforehand can save you a bundle of money (and big headaches) several years down the road.

A flooded basement showing groundwater intrusion in Fargo

Address all sources of standing water

If your basement is flooding, your first step is to solve this water problem. Make sure gutters & downspouts are working properly, and that the ground slopes away from your foundation to avoid water accumulation against basement walls. Install a waterproofing system in your basement. A full perimeter drainage system with a sump pump that has battery backup will provide the best dry basement insurance –even during a power outage.


An ENERGY STAR® Rated basement dehumidifier installed in a home in Bismarck

Control basement humidity

Even in a “dry” basement, high humidity can cause mold & moisture problems because of outside air leaking into the basement, clothes washing & drying, and soil moisture that permeates through the foundation floor & walls.

Installing a basement dehumidifier is an excellent way to keep humidity levels low (50% or less) so that mold is unlikely to take hold. But don’t expect a light-duty, room-size dehumidifier to work effectively in your basement.

Our SaniDry™ XP Dehumidifier is a high-efficiency, low-maintenance dehumidifier designed specifically for the basement environment. This ENERGY STAR® model not only allows you to dial in your target humidity level; it also has a multi-stage air filter to trap mold spores, dust mites and other indoor air pollutants. 


An unfinished basement filled with clutter in Grand Forks.

Consider how much space you'd like

Most homeowners will not plan on finishing the entire basement. Instead, a portion of the basement will usually be set aside as a utility area, where your water heater, furnace, and other utilities will be located.

Many homeowners will also designate an additional section of their basement to serve as a laundry room and/or storage area.

If you'd like to upgrade the appearance of these spaces without actually finishing them, we have products that can do that for you too -- such as our insulated Basement To Beautiful™ insulated basement wall panels. Our waterproof basement flooring is also a great option for laundry rooms and storage areas.


A cleaned out basement in Minot, shown before remodeling has begun

Plan your rooms around obstacles

Basements are unique spaces that provide remodelers with challenges that aren't found anywhere else.

When remodeling your basement, your experts will have to consider challenges such as limited ceiling height, staircase locations, and where your utilities are placed in the basement.

Windows are also a unique challenge for remodelers -- as you won't want a wall built in a way that it intersects with a window location.

In the case of basement bedrooms, these windows may need to be developed for egress access (an emergency exit) to meet local and state building codes.


A beautiful finished basement room in Moorhead

Choose the best finishing materials

Many basement finishing jobs begin with our crew tearing out inappropriate finishing materials used in an earlier remodeling effort. It’s messy and discouraging to remove moldy carpet, clumped fiberglass, crumbling drywall and rotted wood. That’s why we only install basement finishing materials that won’t attract mold or be damaged by moisture.

Do it once. Do it right. Avoid the expense and mess of doing it over. That’s a motto we use in all our basement remodeling projects. We can fulfill this promise because of the innovative finishing materials we’ve developed specifically for basement conditions. Take some time to check out our insulation, flooring, wall panels, ceiling tiles and other exclusive products –you’ll like them as much as we do!

We can transform your basement into a finished space!

It cost you nothing to meet with a specialist for a basement finishing quote! Each free quote includes an on-site inspection and measurement, a professional consultation where we answer any questions you may have. We proudly serve Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks, nearby Minot, Moorhead, Alexandria, Mandan, Dickinson, Fergus Falls, Jamestown, and many other parts of North Dakota and Minnesota.

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Serving ND and MN including the Greater Fargo area
Our North Dakota and Minnesota Service Area
Cities in Anoka County, MN
Andover
Anoka
Bethel
Cedar
Circle Pines
Minneapolis
Saint Francis

Cities in Becker County, MN
Audubon
Callaway
Detroit Lakes
Frazee
Lake Park
Ogema
Osage
Ponsford
Richwood
Rochert
Waubun
White Earth
Wolf Lake

Cities in Beltrami County, MN
Blackduck
Hines
Kelliher
Ponemah
Puposky
Redby
Redlake
Solway
Tenstrike
Waskish
Wilton

Cities in Chisago County, MN
Almelund
Center City
Chisago City
Harris
Lindstrom
North Branch
Rush City
Shafer
Stacy
Taylors Falls
Wyoming

Cities in Clay County, MN
Barnesville
Comstock
Dilworth
Felton
Georgetown
Glyndon
Hawley
Hitterdal
Moorhead
Sabin
Ulen

Cities in Clearwater County, MN
Bagley
Clearbrook
Gonvick
Leonard
Shevlin

Cities in Douglas County, MN
Alexandria
Brandon
Carlos
Evansville
Garfield
Holmes City
Kensington
Miltona
Nelson
Osakis

Cities in Grant County, MN
Ashby
Elbow Lake
Wendell

Cities in Hubbard County, MN
Benedict
Park Rapids

Cities in Isanti County, MN
Braham
Cambridge
Dalbo
Grandy
Isanti
Stanchfield

Cities in Itasca County, MN
Effie
Max
Squaw Lake
Wirt

Cities in Kanabec County, MN
Mora
Ogilvie

Cities in Kittson County, MN
Donaldson
Hallock
Halma
Humboldt
Karlstad
Kennedy
Lake Bronson
Lancaster
Noyes
Saint Vincent

Cities in Koochiching County, MN
Big Falls
Birchdale
International Falls
Kabetogama
Littlefork
Loman
Mizpah
Northome

Cities in Lake Of The Woods County, MN
Baudette
Oak Island
Williams

Cities in Mahnomen County, MN
Bejou
Lengby
Mahnomen
Naytahwaush

Cities in Marshall County, MN
Alvarado
Argyle
Gatzke
Grygla
Middle River
Newfolden
Oslo
Stephen
Strandquist
Viking
Warren

Cities in Mille Lacs County, MN
Princeton

Cities in Norman County, MN
Ada
Borup
Flom
Gary
Halstad
Hendrum
Perley
Shelly
Twin Valley

Cities in Otter Tail County, MN
Battle Lake
Bluffton
Clitherall
Dalton
Deer Creek
Dent
Elizabeth
Erhard
Fergus Falls
Henning
New York Mills
Ottertail
Parkers Prairie
Pelican Rapids
Perham
Richville
Underwood
Vergas
Vining

Cities in Pennington County, MN
Goodridge
Saint Hilaire
Thief River Falls

Cities in Pine County, MN
Askov
Brook Park
Bruno
Finlayson
Grasston
Henriette
Hinckley
Kerrick
Pine City
Rock Creek
Sandstone
Sturgeon Lake
Willow River

Cities in Polk County, MN
Beltrami
Climax
Crookston
East Grand Forks
Erskine
Euclid
Fertile
Fisher
Fosston
Gully
Mcintosh
Mentor
Nielsville
Trail
Winger

Cities in Red Lake County, MN
Brooks
Oklee
Plummer
Red Lake Falls

Cities in Roseau County, MN
Badger
Greenbush
Roosevelt
Roseau
Salol
Strathcona
Swift
Wannaska
Warroad

Cities in Saint Louis County, MN
Angora
Cook
Crane Lake
Ely
Orr
Tower

Cities in Sherburne County, MN
Becker
Big Lake
Clear Lake
Elk River
Saint Cloud
Santiago
Zimmerman

Cities in Todd County, MN
Bertha
Browerville
Burtrum
Clarissa
Eagle Bend
Grey Eagle
Hewitt
Long Prairie

Cities in Traverse County, MN
Tintah

Cities in Wadena County, MN
Aldrich
Menahga
Sebeka
Staples
Verndale
Wadena

Cities in Wilkin County, MN
Breckenridge
Campbell
Foxhome
Kent
Nashua
Rothsay
Wolverton

Cities in Adams County, ND
Hettinger
Reeder

Cities in Barnes County, ND
Dazey
Fingal
Kathryn
Litchville
Nome
Oriska
Pillsbury
Rogers
Sanborn
Spiritwood
Valley City
Wimbledon

Cities in Benson County, ND
Esmond
Fort Totten
Knox
Leeds
Maddock
Minnewaukan
Oberon
Saint Michael
Tokio
Warwick
York

Cities in Billings County, ND
Fairfield
Medora

Cities in Bottineau County, ND
Antler
Bottineau
Kramer
Lansford
Maxbass
Newburg
Souris
Westhope
Willow City

Cities in Bowman County, ND
Bowman
Rhame
Scranton

Cities in Burke County, ND
Bowbells
Columbus
Flaxton
Lignite
Portal
Powers Lake

Cities in Burleigh County, ND
Baldwin
Bismarck
Driscoll
Lincoln
Menoken
Moffit
Regan
Sterling
Wing

Cities in Cass County, ND
Absaraka
Amenia
Argusville
Arthur
Ayr
Buffalo
Casselton
Davenport
Erie
Fargo
Gardner
Grandin
Harwood
Horace
Hunter
Kindred
Leonard
Mapleton
Page
Tower City
West Fargo
Wheatland

Cities in Cavalier County, ND
Alsen
Calvin
Hannah
Langdon
Maida
Milton
Munich
Nekoma
Osnabrock
Sarles
Wales

Cities in Dickey County, ND
Ellendale
Forbes
Fullerton
Oakes

Cities in Divide County, ND
Ambrose
Crosby
Fortuna
Noonan

Cities in Dunn County, ND
Dodge
Dunn Center
Halliday
Killdeer
Manning
Marshall

Cities in Eddy County, ND
New Rockford
Sheyenne

Cities in Emmons County, ND
Braddock
Hague
Hazelton
Kintyre
Linton
Strasburg

Cities in Foster County, ND
Carrington
Glenfield
Grace City
Mchenry

Cities in Golden Valley County, ND
Beach
Golva
Sentinel Butte

Cities in Grand Forks County, ND
Arvilla
Emerado
Gilby
Grand Forks
Grand Forks Afb
Inkster
Larimore
Manvel
Mekinock
Niagara
Northwood
Reynolds
Thompson

Cities in Grant County, ND
Carson
Elgin
New Leipzig
Raleigh
Shields

Cities in Griggs County, ND
Binford
Cooperstown
Hannaford
Jessie
Sutton

Cities in Hettinger County, ND
Mott
New England
Regent

Cities in Kidder County, ND
Dawson
Pettibone
Robinson
Steele
Tappen
Tuttle

Cities in Lamoure County, ND
Berlin
Dickey
Edgeley
Jud
Kulm
Lamoure
Marion
Verona

Cities in Logan County, ND
Fredonia
Gackle
Napoleon

Cities in Mchenry County, ND
Anamoose
Balfour
Bantry
Deering
Drake
Granville
Karlsruhe
Norwich
Towner
Upham
Velva
Voltaire

Cities in Mcintosh County, ND
Ashley
Lehr
Wishek
Zeeland

Cities in Mckenzie County, ND
Alexander
Arnegard
Cartwright
Grassy Butte
Keene
Mandaree
Watford City

Cities in Mclean County, ND
Benedict
Butte
Coleharbor
Garrison
Max
Mercer
Riverdale
Roseglen
Ruso
Turtle Lake
Underwood
Washburn
Wilton

Cities in Mercer County, ND
Beulah
Golden Valley
Hazen
Stanton
Zap

Cities in Morton County, ND
Almont
Flasher
Glen Ullin
Hebron
Mandan
New Salem
Saint Anthony

Cities in Mountrail County, ND
New Town
Palermo
Parshall
Plaza
Ross
Stanley
White Earth

Cities in Nelson County, ND
Aneta
Dahlen
Lakota
Mcville
Michigan
Pekin
Petersburg
Tolna

Cities in Oliver County, ND
Center

Cities in Pembina County, ND
Bathgate
Cavalier
Crystal
Drayton
Glasston
Hamilton
Hensel
Mountain
Neche
Pembina
Saint Thomas
Walhalla

Cities in Pierce County, ND
Rugby
Wolford

Cities in Ramsey County, ND
Brocket
Churchs Ferry
Crary
Devils Lake
Edmore
Hampden
Lawton
Penn
Starkweather
Webster

Cities in Ransom County, ND
Enderlin
Fort Ransom
Lisbon
Sheldon

Cities in Renville County, ND
Glenburn
Mohall
Sherwood
Tolley

Cities in Richland County, ND
Abercrombie
Barney
Christine
Colfax
Fairmount
Hankinson
Lidgerwood
Mantador
Mcleod
Mooreton
Wahpeton
Walcott
Wyndmere

Cities in Rolette County, ND
Agate
Belcourt
Dunseith
Mylo
Rolette
Rolla
Saint John

Cities in Sargent County, ND
Cayuga
Cogswell
Forman
Gwinner
Havana
Milnor
Rutland
Stirum

Cities in Sheridan County, ND
Denhoff
Goodrich
Martin
Mcclusky

Cities in Sioux County, ND
Cannon Ball
Fort Yates
Selfridge
Solen

Cities in Slope County, ND
Amidon
Marmarth

Cities in Stark County, ND
Belfield
Dickinson
Gladstone
Lefor
Richardton
South Heart
Taylor

Cities in Steele County, ND
Finley
Hope
Luverne
Sharon

Cities in Stutsman County, ND
Buchanan
Cleveland
Courtenay
Jamestown
Kensal
Medina
Montpelier
Pingree
Streeter
Woodworth
Ypsilanti

Cities in Towner County, ND
Bisbee
Cando
Egeland
Hansboro
Perth
Rocklake

Cities in Traill County, ND
Blanchard
Buxton
Caledonia
Clifford
Cummings
Galesburg
Hatton
Hillsboro
Mayville
Portland

Cities in Walsh County, ND
Adams
Edinburg
Fairdale
Fordville
Forest River
Grafton
Hoople
Lankin
Minto
Park River
Pisek

Cities in Ward County, ND
Berthold
Burlington
Carpio
Des Lacs
Donnybrook
Douglas
Kenmare
Makoti
Minot
Minot Afb
Ryder
Sawyer
Surrey

Cities in Wells County, ND
Bowdon
Cathay
Chaseley
Fessenden
Harvey
Hurdsfield
Sykeston

Cities in Williams County, ND
Alamo
Epping
Grenora
Mcgregor
Ray
Tioga
Trenton
Wildrose
Williston
Zahl

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