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The Top 6 Home Improvement Sites

By September 17, 2009

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What I'm about to do may be something akin to pooping in my own pond, but I'll attempt to lay out a list of home improvement sites and a few comments on them.  Because I try to do the same thing on my site as these sites--sometimes succeeding, sometimes failing--who am I to talk?  So, let me emphasize the strong points.  Counting down backwards:

6.  Don Vandervort's HomeTips.com

Short, succinct, clear articles about almost every home improvement topic.  Don is far more than just a web guy:  he's written over 30 books on home improvement, too.

5.  Family Handyman

I've already blogged about how surprisingly good Family Handyman is for dispensing home remodeling advice.  Emphasis on "surprise," because this site is owned by Reader's Digest.  A very middle-of-the-road advice spot for home remodeling topics, that anyone can get into.  Excellent graphics.

4.  Bob Vila

Bob Vila long ago gave up This Old House (you knew that, right?) and is now an industry called Bob Vila.  He's also the front man for Sears, Lumber Liquidators, and other blue-chip companies.

As you might expect, The Bearded One really excels with videos--scads of videos on his site, and all quite good.  Downside:  his site tends to be very slow, due to the heavy graphics.  Great information, but you'll need to wade through muck to get to the gold.

3.  Taunton's Fine Homebuilding

One of my favorites--in the print version, though.  This is a stellar source of information, mainly geared to professionals (remodelers welcome, too) or for DIY'ers who want a more serious take on the issue.  In recent years, Taunton's has dispensed with much off their hoity-toity airs and has come down (almost) to the level of real people.

The not-so-great thing about Taunton's online?  The limited number of articles, and they keep trying to push you through a paywall (i.e., get you to pay for a membership).  Worth a look, though.

2.  Ask the Builder

Tim Carter--all hail the king.  King of what, though?

Well, search for anything related to home remodeling (maybe how to mud your walls while hanging upside-down?), and you can bet Tim's got an article on it.  Tim has always been a force in web remodeling advice--practically since the day they began laying the Internet tubes.  About 2 years ago, Tim cranked into high gear with a full-scale remodel of his website and by cranking out search engine-friendly articles in unbelievable quantities.

Tim's an accessible guy, one of the few people I know who takes the time to respond to comments on his blog.  Heck, he even keeps up with his YouTube comments.  Goodness gracious, when does the guy sleep?

1.  Hammerzone

Don't let its pre-millennium graphics fool you, Hammerzone has got to be the most hands-on, "real" home improvement sites.  Who knows, maybe the low graphics are part of the appeal.  I kind of like the style.

For any undecided DIYers out there, Hammerzone will be intimidating.  Hammerzone covers a lot of the heavy stuff like house siding and foundation work that other sites do not cover.





Comments

September 29, 2009 at 11:08 am
(1) Chicago General Contractor says:

Great home improvement sites, I use many of these myself for new ideas related to remodeling. Many times the homeowner can make the repairs and improvements themselves, if they have the time. For the serious stuff, however, they may want to hire a licensed contractor however.

May 10, 2010 at 7:30 am
(2) homeOwner says:

Anyone tried this 1? A decent attempt to help me with Home n more..

July 27, 2010 at 10:34 am
(3) upvc french doors says:

Under The Hammer is my favourite from the uk.

August 1, 2010 at 7:03 am
(4) home improvement says:

This article contain a great home improvement sites, I use many of these myself for new ideas related to remodeling. Many times the homeowner can make the repairs and improvements themselves, if they have the time.thanks for sharing it here in your blog.

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May 25, 2012 at 7:00 am
(10) Tom Corliss says:

I agree with this list completely. I have never come across Hammerzone. It is a great site. I started my Home Improvement site early in 2012. http://homeinformationguru.com. I have around 200 articles right now and expect to have 500 or so by years end. Thanks for the list.

August 14, 2012 at 6:57 pm
(11) Kevin Glunt says:

I like the askjohnanddave.com site I like their radio program even more.
They will answer any home improvement questions.

August 28, 2012 at 4:44 pm
(12) Robert Salko Contracting says:

I have learned alot from Tauntons Fine Home Building over the years and still flip through old issues of there mags. Contractor talk is good too

December 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm
(13) Daniel Rosenfeld says:

This site has really good DIY articles. He is a general contractor serving Queens, Manhatttan etc..check it out..
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February 12, 2013 at 2:14 pm
(14) Mark Walker says:

Great list! The only one I’d add is http://planitdiy.com. I visit it frequently for how-to videos and DIY inspiration. Keep up the great posts!

July 20, 2013 at 7:02 pm
(15) jerry wilson says:

Hello Lee,

Thanks for sharing these sites. From last few days i am searching these kind of websites. You make my search complete. If you have some sites please share them.

August 9, 2013 at 1:37 am
(16) Kent says:

I am a fan of the Family Handyman site after I read the magazine. It strikes the perfect balance between ambitious home improvements and simple quick fixes of home maintenance. However, if you wish to learn about home security then I recommend Coral Gables Locksmiths

August 11, 2013 at 5:06 pm
(17) Mike says:

You guys are forgetting the biggest one of all http://www.todayshomeowner.com

They have videos on everything! I go there almost every day.

January 13, 2014 at 3:12 pm
(18) Anne Lawrence says:

Thanks so much for sharing this information! Now I can get the info I need from whichever site has it! I’m going to be doing so many DIY projects!

January 13, 2014 at 10:49 pm
(19) hamid says:

Great list. A really good website is http://renovli.com . Its a free online tool that allows you to visualize your renovation. You basically take a photo of you room, then using their tool you can see what a variety of hardwood floor, tile and carpet would look like on your room. It also works on the mobile browsers as well! This way you can see your renovation decision before making a large investment into the renovation!

January 13, 2014 at 10:54 pm
(20) hamid says:

great list. A really good website is renovli.com. Its a free online tool that allows you to visualize your renovation. You basically take a photo of you room, then using their tool you can see what a variety of hardwood floor, tile and carpet would look like on your room. It also works on the mobile browsers as well! This way you can see your renovation decision before making a large investment into the renovation!

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