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According to a recent Bloomberg article, the home improvement industry is expected to rebound by more than 13% for the period of April through June 2011. If you've never gone through a home remodel before, you've probably heard horror stories from friends or co-workers. Even if you're an old pro at it, there have probably been times where you wished for some help along the way to take some of the stress out of tracking all of the logistics and research involved.
Regardless of budget, household income or demographic of the home, there is a "process" for making good home improvement decisions. About.com author Jackie Craven outlines eight steps to getting a home improvement project off on the right foot:
Without a doubt, each one of these planning stages involves a tremendous amount of inspiration, information gathering, document consolidation, budget management, and team organization in order to get the job done right — and on time!
Traditionally, homeowners have relied on isolated documents, a mountain of emails, bookmarked websites, loosely collected catalogs, and even spiral-bound paper notebooks to capture all of the details of their dream kitchen or bathroom. If you've been through this process before, you know how quickly important websites are forgotten and vital information and emails are misplaced.
If a home remodel is on your To Do list this summer, your timing is perfect. We've created a free home remodel planner for Microsoft OneNote 2010 that can help you take the drama out of any renovation job.
Our free Do It Yourself home remodeling planner lets you take the stress out of any projectby organizing, tracking, and sharing all of the logistics surrounding your remodeling plans.
More valuable than a hammer and nail, OneNote is the perfect digital "catch-all" for capturing and organizing home improvement research, notes, and ideas. There's a section tab for every major category that your remodel project will require — from research and budget, to calendar and contractors.
You can customize the planner to your needs by deleting any of our suggestions that you won't need and adding your own pages and sections for the information you'll need to keep track of.
Be sure to explore all of the sections and pages in our free Do It Yourself home remodeling planner.Customize the pages that you want to keep and discard those that you don't need.
Here are some of the ways in which our free planner notebook can help you:
Summer is upon us, but before you know it, the kids will be back in school, the cold and wet weather will be back, and your friends and family will be making their way over to your house for the holidays. Whether it's the bathroom, the kitchen or the exterior, let OneNote 2010 be your "mission control" for your home improvement project to help you stay on budget and on time.
Download our free planner and start customizing! If you don't yet have OneNote 2010 on your computer, you can download a free, fully functional 60-day trial version.
-- Michael C. Oldenburg