This summer as you’re in the throes of your home renovation project it’s a great idea to be as prepared as possible for all your pending meetings. You need to put together your own Onsite Meeting Toolkit that organizes your various pieces of disorder into an orderly state. Some of the items you’ll want in your Onsite Meeting Toolkit are: A calendar or date book – Use your electronic calendar or paper one. Here you’ll schedule all activities and meetings involving you, the contractor, and any others on the renovation team. A camera – Use your cell phone or digital camera to record the renovation process during all phases of construction. You’ll be glad you did as you look back over the process. A tape measure – You may want to verify some measurements as areas of the renovation are completed or materials arrive to be installed. A calculator – Changes happen, supplies are out of stock, decisions have to be made. You’ll need to do some recalculating if these things happen. A notebook or pad – Keep notes of meetings in whatever format works for you; your laptop, blackberry, ipad or even pen and paper will do the job. A copy of all documents – Have copies of permits, contracts, floor plans, wish list, supplies list, budget, notes from previous meetings, and any other forms you’ve generated. You can keep these in a binder. Samples of all materials – Keep all samples of what you’ve purchased in a bag in your car so that you are able to refer to them as they arrive to your job site. Cross reference the order making sure the shipment arrived correlates with your samples. If you’re living on your property during the renovation, you might want to think through a few rules and guidelines in dealing with the dozens of workers filtering through your home on a daily basis—and let everyone know what they are. I encourage you leave questions or comments below this post, and fill out the form on the right hand side of this page to receive your free copy of my special report: “15 Money Saving Strategies When Planning Your Home Renovation” Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2010 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc.