Check out the report from Remodeling Online here.
1) You need Google Earth installed on your computer.
2) Go to Trulia, and go to the RSS pull-down menu on the top right of any Trulia search results screen and select “Google Earth” to view your search results.
When your results load to Google Earth, you’ll find it in the “Places” section; click on the results to zoom on in.
Google Earth will automatically update (much like an RSS feed) with the newest listings that match your search criteria once a day.
Called “Remodeling School,” the article tells you lots of things you’ve heard before: expect to go 10% or more over budget, shop around, be flexible, and know when to hand over the reins to the professionals instead of being a weekend DIY warrior. I can agree with most of these things, except I’m absolutely amazed to report that with about three weeks left to go, I’m on budget. Yep, no 10% overrun here — at least not yet. If you need a good contractor, let me know.