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House and Home Consumer Resources

The following links are a compilation of websites and services that consumers may find useful, however Consumers Research is not officially endorsing or recommending their use.

Rental and Neighborhood Ratings

Home Inspections

Information on getting your potential new purchase inspected, so you can avoid surprises.

American Society of Home Inspectors
Home Inspection FAQ

Home Improvement, Appliance Repair, and Contractor Information

Resources for DIY home improvement projects and repairs, as well as information on contractors for those really big jobs.

Appliance Repair Clinic: get answers/parts for major appliance fixes
Ceramic Tile Advice Forum (messageboard)
Closet Organizer system buying guide
Contractor’s License verification links/phone #s in 50 states
Do It Yourself.com: how-to home improvement guides
Floor Search: background info on types of flooring
Garden Web: message board/forum for gardening questions
Heating and air conditioner contractor selection tips
Home electronics and appliance repair FAQ
Home Improvement advice from National Assn. of the Remodeling Industry
Home Improvement “how to” lessons from Lowes
Home Portfolio: higher-end product/service finder; rebates
Home Improvement and Repair Costs: average cost for various home improvements from Fixr
Home Repair how-to’s from Natural Handyman
Home Repair links, tips, explanations
Homestore: all purpose home and home improvement site
Hometime TV series “how to” project tips
HomeTips (buying guides for a/c, home improvements, etc.)
HouseNet: Do it yourself tips
How Stuff Works: plain English explanations of everyday contraptions
ImproveNet: directory of screened contractors/designers/products/lenders
Irrigation tutorial: how to design a landscape water sprinkler system and more
Kitchen appliance repair questions answered free by Virtual Repairman
Kitchen & Bath tips, buying guide, etc.
Kitchen & Bath design ideas from National K&B Association
Old House Web: home improvement articles, resources
Paint Calculator: helps you figure out how much to buy
Plant Finder: search for plants that meet your specs
Ask the Master Plumber, plumbing questions
Plumbing questions message board
PlumbingWeb: links to manufacturers, etc.
Readers Digest At Home step by step projects and more
Roof installation tutorial and facts by DreamRoofs
Tenant.Net (resources by state)
This Old House — home improvement
Today’s Homeowner: advice on home improvement projects
Toilet Buying advice
Water Heater Rescue

Home Safety and Security