For many people, the idea of taking on a home renovation project is enough to send them running straight to a realtor. No one wants to live in a construction zone. If you’re aa DIYer juggling home improvement around work, family and personal commitments, projects like a basement renovation can seem overwhelming. While a home renovation is never easy, with a bit of planning and patience, there are ways to shorten the time it takes to complete your basement renovation and start enjoying your new living space.

1.Take the time to plan and set your budget.
Think about what you want your basement space to be now, and in the future, considering your lifestyle and storage needs. Before starting any basement project make sure you have the necessary permits in place and know the required building codes.

2. Start with a dry foundation.
Moisture problems are very common in basements. If water issues are not properly dealt with before you start your renovation, there is the risk of mold and mildew. Identify moisture issues inside and outside of your home. Take the steps to correct the problems and create a dry surface to start from.

3. Build your floor up.
A subfloor is essential to keeping your basement warm and dry. It acts as a moisture barrier, insulating your basement, protecting your furniture, flooring and electronics from potential damage. Make sure that your subfloor allows your concrete to breathe, reducing the potential for mould and mildew.

4. Research products that combine steps in the finishing process.
Investigate your options and see what is new in the home renovation industry. A new product available to Canadians can help to finish basements 5x faster. SMARTWALL® is a revolutionary all-in-one basement wall system recently launched by DRIcore Products that combines framing, insulation, drywall and a vapour barrier into one engineered panel. Bryan Baeumler, President of Baeumler Quality Construction and popular HGTV star of Leave it to Bryan, House of Bryan, Canada’s Handyman Challenge and Disaster DIY, shares this advice:

“I’ve worked on hundreds of basement renovation projects and SMARTWALL® truly is a game-changer for basement finishing. For professional contractors, SMARTWALL® makes good business sense by reducing the time it takes to complete a job, and for DIYers it’s a potential sanity-saver!”