Online Resources for Homeowners

home-resources-paintThe Internet offers endless information for the homeowner, from step-by-step instructions to checklists for maintaining your home, to finding a contractor. Here are some resources for starters.

General Information Sites

Start with How Stuff Works if you want to know how items in and around your home work. Click on “Home & Garden” for home repair and improvement items. In this section you will find topics on home improvement, home cleaning, lawn & garden, appliances and more.

Home Improvement Store Sites

The Home Depot Know-How section has videos for numerous projects. There are also articles, calculators, buying guides, project guides, and design tools. You can also get the schedule for weekly clinics, workshops, and kids workshops.

Lowe’s has a Project & Video Center filled with a how to library, buying guides, projects, interactive guides, quick tips and more. Articles, descriptions, step-by-step instructions and videos are available on many topics.

Ace Hardware has a Projects and Solutions section containing Project How-To’s, Project videos, The Helpful Hardware Man’s Corner, Frequently Asked Questions, and learning guides.

TrueValue Hardware has a Project Library with many helpful articles and an Expert Q & A (Question and Answer) feature.

Home Improvement Sites is a site that provides how-to guides and tips. It also has a hardware store. Use the site map at the bottom of the page to quickly find information on a variety of home improvement and repair topics.

The Home Maintenance and Repair site is a database of text articles from the Michigan State University Extension Information Management Program. The articles cover a very wide range of topics of interest to the homeowner.

Handyman USA is a site full of tips and how-to’s in an easy to navigate format. The list of categories is accessible on the left side of most pages is a site that provides buying guides, DIY instructions, and other information related to home improvement, remodeling houses, home repair, decorating, buying appliances and more.

The Popular Mechanics Home Journal section has a home improvement section with step-by-step articles that include pictures.

The Old House Web offers a number of information and how-to articles targeted to owners of older homes. They also provide links to repair and restoration products.

Home Improvement Radio and TV Show Sites

Home improvement has become a popular source of home entertainment in recent years. Here are links to a few favorites that include informative articles and tips. Some may have annoying ads but you’re used to that, right?

The Money Pit Home Improvement Radio Show

This Old House (show and magazine)

Danny Lipford from the Today Show and the Weather Channel

HGTV is home to such shows as Before and After, Curb Appeal, Designed to Sell, Weekend Warriors and more.

DIY Network

HomeTime on PBS

Bob Vila

Ask Jon Eakes

Specialty Sites has a plumbing FAQ, articles on the history of plumbing, a Plumbing Care & Repair handbook, and links to other plumbing sites.

The Original Homeowners Painting Guide is a site provided by Calvert Painting in North Carolina. It covers paint failures and ways to make your paint last longer.

The Paint Quality Institute provides a paint resource library and an FAQ. The paint resource library includes links to paint companies and other home improvement sites. The Do It Yourself link on the home page provide lots of information for the do-it-yourselfer.

The Hardwood Information Center is provided by the Hardwood Manufacturers Association. It provides facts, tips, and other useful advice about hardwoods and the use of hardwoods in cabinets, flooring, furniture, and woodworking projects.

When it comes to roofing, you can find information on the sites of the different roofing trade associations: