Microsoft's Best Templates for Home or Personal Life

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Microsoft's Best Templates for Home or Personal Life

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Home Office. (c) Stockbye / Getty Images

Your home or personal life is probably just as busy if not busier than your professional life.

Even if you have only used templates for Microsoft Office at work, you may not have thought of ways to use them in your home or personal life.

Here are some cool, free templates you may find useful, whether for making buying decisions, keeping your space organized, or communicating to other professionals or contractors who help maintain your home.

Note that Microsoft no longer houses templates on an online site at the time of this writing. Now, you can find these tools through the applications themselves. I will point you in the right direction for finding these.

 

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Itemized Home Inventory Template for Microsoft Excel

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Itemized Home Inventory Template for Microsoft Excel. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

It's a smart idea to create an Itemized Home Inventory Template for Microsoft Excel.

Your insurance agent may ask for this, and by saving this document, it's easier to update it from year to year without having to recreate it.

To find this template, open Excel, then select File - New as though creating a new spreadsheet. In the search box that pops up in the upper left, search for this template by keyword. Note that you do need an internet connection to download the template.

 

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Weekly Chore or Home Services Scheduling Template for Microsoft Excel

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Weekly Chore or Home Services Scheduling Template for Microsoft Excel. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

Whether you are in a living situation with roommates, family members, or yourself, this Weekly Chore or Home Services Scheduling Template for Microsoft Excel can help you plan when household tasks or services get done.

Each item is customizable for your unique situation.

Select File - New in Excel, then search for the template by name.

 

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House Sitting Instructions Template for Microsoft Word

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House Sitting Instructions Template for Microsoft Word. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

If you are a globetrotter of any degree, you will likely find good use for this free House Sitting Instructions Template for Microsoft Word.

It's a clean way to keep information about how your house sitter can contact you and handle chores relating to pets, the mail, lawn care, and more.

Save the document after filling it out, and you have all those instructions saved for the next person you helps you out.

To search for this template, select File - New in Excel, then search by keywords.

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Apartment Shopping Checklist Template for Microsoft Word

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Apartment Shopping Checklist Template for Microsoft Word. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

If looking for your next apartment makes your head swirl, a tool like this free Apartment Shopping Checklist Template for Microsoft Word may be just the thing.

It can help save you from forgetting what criteria you are looking for. After all, signing a lease of purchasing an apartment means you will be living with your decision. Hopefully, this resource helps the process go more smoothly!

Open Excel, then select File - New to find this template by keyword. 

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Home Loan Comparison Template for Microsoft Excel

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Home Loan Comparison Template for Microsoft Excel. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

Financing your purchase of a new home involves a lot of factors, particularly as you comparison shop for the right deal.

Keep things straight more easily with this free Home Loan Comparison Template for Microsoft Excel.

By entering each bank's loan specifics in the bottom portion of the template, the colorful graphs automatically populate, making it easier for you to

Search for this template in Excel by selecting File - New.

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Home or Room Remodel Planning Template for Microsoft Excel

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Home or Room Remodel Planning Template for Microsoft Excel. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

Use this Home or Room Remodel Planning Template for Microsoft Excel to map out project expenses and more, room by room.

You can also add outdoor projects, area by area, all on one convenient spreadsheet!

Select File - New in Excel to find this template, and note that you can also find a similar template on the next slide.

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Home Construction Budget and Expenses Template for Microsoft Excel

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Home Construction Budget and Expenses Template for Microsoft Excel. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

Keep track of expenses from materials to labor with this Home Construction Budget and Expenses Template for Microsoft Excel. This is a versatile template that will help you plan as well as track the updates you're making.

Find a similar template on the previous slide.

Search for these templates by selecting File - New then entering keywords in the search box that pops up near the top of the screen.

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Moving Checklist and Scheduling Template for Microsoft Excel

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Moving Checklist and Scheduling Template for Microsoft Excel. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

We all have the best intentions prior to a move, but somehow things tend to get a bit unruly on moving day. 

Avoid poor planning by utilizing this great Moving Checklist and Scheduling Template for Microsoft Excel. It is customizable and lets you plans several weeks before and after moving day! You may also be able to find a College Moving Template, Office Moving Template, and more options.

As with other templates in this slide show, find this by selecting File - New from within Excel.

Ready for more? Find more template suggestions on this site's Templates site. You may also be interested in checking out how add-ins can boost productivity.

Also check out: 15 Optional Views or Panes You May Note Be Using in Microsoft OfficeFree List of 150 Free Tips and Tricks for Evernote and How to Supercharge Your Office Software to Boost Productivity.