DIY References

The previous post highlighted some tips on what you can do to take control of a revamp. Whether it’s a small upgrade or a major overhaul, here are some places to refer to or visit to assist in the process. Enjoy!

Where to Browse:
• Service Magic is an online community that connects homeowners with contractors. The company prescreens service providers and then posts customer reviews on the site. Homeowners can search for contractors by area of expertise and read the reviews to see how others felt about the work they provided. Or, if the homeowner prefers not to surf the site, they can simply enter information about their project and Service Magic will match them with contractors in their geographic area.
• Energy Star, a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, has information on its website for the environmentally-sensitive homeowner. This is a good resource for information on green remodeling and energy efficiency.
• The National Association of Remodelers website lists remodelers by region and offers tips on home improvement.
• The U.S, Green Build Council (USGBC) has an extensive website about green building. The USGBC is the organization behind the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system for buildings. You can find information on the website about LEED for homes.

What to Read:
• Popular Mechanics is geared toward the fairly skilled do-it-yourself. The magazine also has a Website full of home improvement ideas.
• This Old House has been a trusted voice in home improvement for years. The popular franchise has a magazine, television show and website with relevant topics about caring for older homes.
• Better Homes and Gardens is geared toward decorative home improvements. This is a good resource for decorating ideas and craft projects. You will not find advice on building a garage but you might get advice on organizing it.
• Workbench magazine has also been around for years. The magazine prides itself on offering practical home advice. The magazine also has a website with unique content.

Where to Go:
• Facilities Expo.com lists regional shows such as the South Florida Facilities Expo, the New England Facilities Expo and the Northwest Facilities Expo.
• GreenBuild is the annual expo of green building sponsored by the USGBC. GreenBuild draws huge crowds each year. It is a good place to source environmentally-friendly products.

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