I have a home that was built in the 1950's with an unfinished basement. I'd like to do a DIY remodel to the best of my ability, but am willing to hire a professional for some steps if a novice like me shouldn't do some of them.
The first step (as far as I know) is to buy a dehumidifier to remove any excess moisture, and once that has had some time to get to work (a week or so?), seal any cracks in the foundation and cement bricks. Is this the correct first step? If so, what is the best way to take care of sealing the cement?
Note, my home has a large hill behind it, and water comes down the hill after rain. It's only flooded once in the 23 years I have lived here, but often in the Spring water will get in through the cracks and drip down. Not enough to pool on the floor, but enough that it has left water marks as you can see here:
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Obviously water damage is a huge concern once I've put all of the money into insulation, flooring, furniture, etc. I'd rather pay the price now than later. So, my question is:
Would it be better to hire a professional for sealing the cracks in the cement, or is this something someone with little home-reno experience (me!) can do successfully?