Planning for Home Improvement Online

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Whether you’re a new homeowner or a long-time dweller in your house, chances are there’s a home improvement project somewhere on your “to do” list. However, getting organized to tackle a project can be a challenge. Luckily, there are a wide variety of online tools and resources that make preparing for the task at hand easier and convenient. From painting a room to remodeling, adding a room or just performing routine maintenance, you can use your Internet connection to find solutions and invest time and money wisely.

If you’re unsure of where to start, why not turn to the experts? DIY Network provides show replays, tips from experts, how-to videos, blogs and other helpful resources for most home-improvement needs. Home improvement guru Bob Vila provides countless tips, tricks and how-tos on his website, while This Old House offers advice from home improvement professionals, along with before and after photos of remodels and solutions for small spaces.

Seek inspiration for your projects with Houzz (free from iTunes/Google Play), described by CNN as “the Wikipedia of interior and exterior design.” Browse more than 2 million high-resolution photos, searchable by style, room and location; save your favorites to handy “ideabooks” or find products and home-improvement professionals in your area. Dwell (also free from iTunes/Google Play) offers many of the same features, with bonus video and editorial resources.

After finding inspiration and determining the perfect project for you, put your Internet connection to work to help you stay organized and on task. Home Spot HQ is a free Web app that caters to all of your organizational needs. Home Spot HQ allows you to create room-by-room project lists, plan shopping and to-do lists, schedule calendar reminders to keep you on track, and more.

Picking out the perfect paint color is easier with the assistance of apps for your tablet or smartphone, such as ColorSnap by Sherwin-Williams and Color Capture from Benjamin Moore (both free from iTunes/Google Play), that allow you to browse entire lines of paint and match the colors in your photos to what both brands have to offer.

Free apps (iTunes/Google Play) from leading retailers such as Home Depot and Lowes take the guesswork out of shopping. And The Handyman Calculator app (free on Google Play) will take the guesswork out of conversion and calculation.

Frontier is proud to offer you the very best in online connectivity to help you make your home improvement wish list a reality. With all of these different tools, it’s easier than ever to get out there this summer and make your home the envy of the neighborhood.