Blaine T. Williams Consulting Services Newsletter
April 2015
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Housing Rehab Pro NRI 2015 is now complete and available for download from our website.


Anyone who has purchased Housing Rehab Pro NRI 2014 in 2015 may receive a free upgrade to Housing Rehab Pro NRI 2015. Just contact us to let us know you want the newest version.



  • HRP incorporates 2015 cost data from the Craftsman National Renovation & Insurance Repair Estimator, the National Construction Estimator and the National Building Cost Manual. 
  • HRP NRI 2015 has been optimized for tablet computers running Windows 8.1. Screen sizes have been designed for 12" screens.
  • The cost estimating screen has been simplified with improved functions to find and sort cost data. A "Sort by Cost Type" filter has been added to narrow the possible selection to a manageable size. See HRP Tips below.
  • Cost estimating has been simplified when creating new work descriptions from existing work descriptions. We had a great suggestion from one of our clients to import the costs from the existing work description when creating a new one.  This function has now been implemented for HRP NRI 2015.  Please let us know if you have any suggestions that would improve HRP.
  • Improved the process of adding a reconstruct or garage to the work write-up. Unlike rehab work descriptions, the quantity for reconstruct and garage items is included in the work description. This is necessary because the unit cost is based on a specific range of square foot sizes. In general, the larger the building, the lower the square foot unit cost. Now when a new reconstruct or garage is added to the work write-up, the quantity is entered automatically on the "Work Write-Up/Add Items" screen's "Quantity" box. This will prevent the quantity detailed in the reconstruction or garage work description from differing from the quantity entered in the "Quantity" box.

To see the complete list of HRP improvements over the years and an FAQ that details how Housing Rehab Pro can make your housing program more professional, please follow this link.  


Again, thanks for using Housing Rehab Pro. Please  

let us know  if there is anything we can do to improve HRP.





Blaine T. Williams
Blaine T. Williams Consulting Services
Creator of Housing Rehab Pro software

HRP Tips
Cost Estimating Screen Simplified
  • Keyword searches were removed and the screen optimized for a 12" tablet screen. A "Sort by Cost Type" filter has been added to narrow the possible selection to a manageable size. When the total number of cost titles is still too large, search through them using the "Search Displayed Cost Titles" button. 
  • A screen shot from the HRP User Manual is included below to demonstrate all of the search tools and techniques.
Be sure to check out our  How-To Video  lesson #7 on Cost Estimating.

According to Craftsman, construction costs are beginning to move up.  Here's what they had to say in the "about this book" section of the 2015 "National Renovation & Insurance Repair Estimator":

"Since 2008, overhead and profit margins for many restoration and repair contractors have been slipping. Material cost increases - primarily pushed higher by rising fuel costs - have often been partially absorbed by contractors working to remain competitive. Contractors have also offered small labor increases to keep skilled workers and many have absorbed some of those costs as well. Last year, as the economy and the construction landscape improved, this trend began to change, and in the second half of 2014 contractors started to recover some of the costs they absorbed in the previous seven years. We expect this trend to continue in 2015, and to see larger wage increases offered to key employees."

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Check out HRP How-To Videos on our website!


Most of the lessons average 3-6 minutes long with two       (Introduction & Cost Estimating) running 13 and 15 minutes respectively.


HRP How-To Videos are also available on our YouTube Channel.


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A 30-day free trial of the most recent version of Housing Rehab Pro is available for download on our website


HRP Purchase Options

To purchase Housing Rehab Pro, simply use the Buy Now button on the Software Products page and use the credit card of your choice through PayPal's secure payment process. You do not need a PayPal account to use this feature. 

If you have already decided to purchase the latest edition of Housing Rehab Pro, please click on the PayPal Buy Now button below.    

If you do not wish to pay by credit card or your PayPal account, please  contact us for payment options and upon payment, we will send you the user name and password that turns the demo version into the full version.

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Blaine T. Williams Consulting Services
Thanks for using Housing Rehab Pro.
Blaine T. Williams Consulting Services
1316 Overland Stage Road
Dripping Springs, Texas 78620

office phone/fax: 512-264-7067
mobile phone: 512-426-9416
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