Let’s face it – everyone’s house could use a little work. Whether it’s performing a few basic repairs or building a whole new addition, there’s always something that can be done.
I live in an apartment, but still like building the occasional piece of furniture. Gardening, plumbing, even cleaning – there’s no end to the projects and ideas that can be done.
The first place we check when looking for how to get a project done is online. Of course, a lot of DIY blogs are filled with generic advice to make redneck crap. If you want quality, you need to get the right advice from the right people.
To filter out all the noise, we gathered this list of the best home improvement and renovation blogs and websites online.
10. This Old House
This Old House made Bob Vila a household name and allowed him to become the shameless Sears shill he is today. You can watch it on PBS or YouTube, read the magazine, or check out the blog. It’s filled with great renovations and restorations of old houses. This just may be the perfect place to find inspiration to spruce up your own home.
HGTV is its own network, and the website has original content mixed with content from TV. Whether you’re looking for ways to save money bargain hunting at swap meets or the best improvements to add value to your home, this is a great resource to start with. Of course, you’ll want to check other sources too, because the only thing less trustworthy than the Internet is TV.
8. DIY Network
The DIY Network is another cable network also owned by Scripps (just like HGTV). Like HGTV, the website has original content blended with TV content. It focuses more on the DIY aspect, so you’ll find a lot more project ideas here though.
One Project Closer is a home improvement blog run by two couples. It’s filled with great ideas and how-tos. Of course, they clearly need to monetize the blog, so you’ll find a lot of ads and sponsored posts. Still, it’s a great place to learn some of the basics from people who have a passion for what they do.
Remodelista is what One Project Closer used to be (for now). It’s a remodeling blog run by four friends with a passion for home design, decorating, and remodeling. It has a lot of great ideas to get you started on your own DIY home renovation project.
5. DIY or Not
Sometimes it’s worthwhile to do a remodeling project yourself. Sometimes it’s easier to pay a professional. But how do you tell the difference? That’s the idea behind DIY or Not. Some of the pricing is outdated, so you’ll need to so a little bit of further research, but it’s a great jumping off point.
Houzz is an online community dedicated to architecture, interior design, landscaping, and home improvement. There’s a website and app, and you can find tips and advice for all manner of DIY projects. There’s even a user forum so you can ask a specific question and get the information you need from its large user base.
3. Angie’s List
Sometimes you need to just call in a professional. Finding a trustworthy contractor can prove difficult though. Angie’s List has millions of reviews so you can find what prior customers think about anyone you’re looking to hire. Don’t waste money on someone who will ruin your home. Check Angie’s List before they get started.
2. Home Depot
Home Depot is more than just a hardware store. It’s a great place to learn more about the projects you’re working on. I’ve always found their staff to be friendly and knowledgeable. The blog is filled with great ideas, and if you don’t find what you’re looking for, you can just show up to a free in-store DIY workshop. Of course, they’ll help you any day of the week.
1. The Spruce
When About.com disbanded into the Dotdash network of websites, The Spruce became its go-to resource for home improvement. It has everything you need, whether you’re looking for crafts, home design, food/drink, gardening, or any number of projects to make your home better. This is the premiere resource for all things home improvement, so don’t start your project without checking it out.