There is a lot of information available about home improvement. From popular television shows to in-depth how-to videos and training manuals, there are a lot of ways to learn how to take on a home improvement project. The question is then, is the information right? Keep reading for suggestions on sources of different home improvement how-to resources as well as info on how to assess its reliability.
Sources of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Home Improvement Info:
1. Television and DVD
Television is great because it lets you see each step as the project unfolds. However to get the most out of a video how-to experience, your best bet is to actually purchase a specific DVD that relates directly to the project you’re taking on. For example, if you’re planning to install laminate flooring, look for a DVD specifically on how to install laminate flooring, not some other type of flooring.
You can find many of these instructional DVD’s either online or right in your hardware store. Most are hosted by trusted experts or popular home improvement celebrities.
How-To books are a great way to build a small home library with a lot of information right at your fingertips. The benefits of a few, well-chosen home improvement books are that they’re always accessible, often well-researched and you can take them with you from project-to-project.
The Internet has millions of pages about home improvement. The problem is finding the right information. Look for reliable sources like trusted web pages or active web communities that self-edit. Look at a web site, including the resource it offers and how updated it is, and ask yourself if you would risk the cost of your home improvement project on its advice.
For specific questions, try forums or message boards where active users can often help you with a number of home improvement conundrums. Remember that unlike a book, you can’t always take the Internet with you, so print off or write down the information you need.
4. Your Local Hardware Store
You’d be amazed by how many questions can get answered at your local hardware store. Ask your store clerk or even fellow handyman and you’ll get all sorts of free advice for your home improvement need.
Finally, despite all the free advice available on DIY home improvement, that doesn’t mean you can get away with never consulting a professional. For major projects, especially those involving your gas or electricity, always consult a qualified professional.