Start the New Year with a Basement Makeover

December 10, 2011

How ugly is the basement of your Chicago real estate? No, this isn’t the beginning of a joke, it’s the basis for a contest called the Ugliest Basement Contest.

Sponsored by Arlington Heights-based Matrix Basement Systems, the Ugliest Basement Contest will award one lucky winner a basement makeover valued at $25,000.

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Got an ugly basement? Enter it to win a makeover!

“With the holidays right around the corner, I wanted to find a way to give back to the community,” said Nick Richmond, president and co-founder of Matrix Basement Systems. “With so many people struggling financially and trying to make ends meet, the timing is right for a contest like this. We hope to help a family truly in need.”

The Ugliest Basement Contest runs through December 22 and is open to anyone living within a 50-mile radius of Chicago.

All you have to do to enter is submit three to five photos of your basement, along with a letter explaining why you should win.

Make sure you include your home’s city and the approximate size of your basement.

The winner will be chosen on New Year’s Day. Work will begin on January 15 and will be completed within six weeks.

Everyone who enters will receive a $1,000 Matrix Basement Systems gift certificate and will be entered into a raffle to win a plasma TV.

Ready to enter the Ugliest Basement Contest? Submit your pictures to

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