In my last blog, I talked about doing your due diligence or research before you begin your projects.  In this blog, I will give you a list of some the websites that can be used for finding handymen and contractors as well as plumbers, electricians, etc.   I will also give you several websites that you can use to get inspiration and ideas for your projects.

* The Redesign Habit doesn’t endorse any one site over the other.  This list is put together to let you see some of the options that are available.

Contractors, Handymen, Plumbers, Electricians, Etc.:

  1.  Home Advisor 
    This website is free to use.  You search by the type of service you need and by putting in your zip code.  It’s one of the biggest of its kind and has been used by over 30 million people.  This site also includes reviews.
     
  2. Angie’s List 
    You have to join to use this website.  There is a monthly fee required that is based on your location.  Once you join you can search for service workers in your area and get reviews, etc.
     
  3. Handyman.com 
    On this particular site you actually submit your project and where you are located and they will send you a list of qualified workers based on that.  You choose who you want to move ahead with.  They also include feedback from other users as well.  This service is free to use.

These are three of the biggest and most widely used.  You can simply go to each one and read in more detail about how each one works.  If you don’t want to use one of these bigger sites, you can also do a general search for service people in your particular area and that will bring up more localized search sites that you can use to find prices and reviews of local workers available in your area.

Websites for Ideas and Inspiration:

  1. Pinterest 
    Most of us have heard of this site by now but just in case…You do join to use the site and you keep  boards of different things that strike your fancy.  You can get some great ideas and it’s free.  There is no cost to you to use it or join.
     
  2. Hometalk 
    This website is similar to Pinterest but where Pinterest covers most any area of life that you can think of, Hometalk is all about DIY, home projects, interior decorating, outdoor space, etc. You do join and you have the option to ask a question on here and get free advice from other members.  This is a great site to get ideas and inspiration.  You also have the option to follow other users and keep boards of ideas that you love.  There are a lot of great tutorials available here as well. There is no fee to use this site.
     
  3. Lowe’s 
    A great place to do some price checking on appliances, paint, and other items that you may need to complete your project.  It is also a great place to look at all the paint color choices they have available if you want to browse at home before you make the trip to the store. They also offer some in-store installation on certain items like toilets, doors, flooring etc. So be sure and ask when you buy if they offer installation on a particular item.
     
  4. Home Depot
    Another big home improvement center whose website allows you to look through a lot of different items and get some good pricing ideas before you move forward.  Like Lowe’s they offer installation on certain things so be sure to check that out as well.  They also have their whole array of paint color choices online for you to look through at your leisure.
     
  5. HGTV 
    If you haven’t checked out their website yet, you need to!  Talk about inspiration and ideas.  One of the best whether looking for ideas for your home or just for the fun of it!

Okay, there you go.  Some info for you to help you get started on your research!  To me the planning isoften the best part!  You get to dream of your ideal space and figure out what it takes to make that happen. It’s exciting to be sure!  Remember to enjoy the journey! Also remember not to be afraid to ask questions or ask for advice, ask friends, family, heck you can even ask me!  That’s what I’m here for!

Now, what will you do next to love where you live?

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