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Project planning tools

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Basement design planningSince your basement remodeling is, in fact, a construction project, the entire process will go more smoothly if you plan it as such.

There are a variety project management tools on the market, and if you have a copy of Microsoft Project you should consider using it as a planning tool.

You can also try MS-Excel or another spreadsheet program to create and manage your task list. There are also some good shareware or freeware programs too.

Planning your remodeling project

Here's a partial view of the project plan I created using MS-Project:

I created the plan based on 10 hour weeks, estimating each task based on number of hours. One of the advantages of using a project planning tool is that the timeline is automatically adjusted when you add, move, or delete tasks.

If you have MS-Project, you can download the complete plan. Or, download the .pdf version to get an idea of how to create your plan.

Whether you use an automated tool, or just opt for the pencil and paper approach you need to make a list of all the tasks you can think of and about how long they'll take. This will allow you to approximate the total duration of your project.

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