Originally Posted by subyrally
at the moment, the basement is just a cellar with only exterior access via a storm cellar type door. i wonder if it would be worth my time and effort to make it into usable space and add access to the rest of the house... gotta see what it looks like in there first, bringing work gloves, knee pads, a bright light, and something to smash spiders with, lol.
Look carefully for efflorescence - removing anything up against the exteriors walls in the cellar.
Good indicator that there may be water issues. I speak from bitter experience.