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Consumer Reports provides buying advice, product ratings, product reviews, recommendations, money-saving advice and tips, and videos.  Categories of products include appliances, automobiles, babies and kids, electronics, health information, home & garden, and money/ personal finance.


Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture Collection
Farmers, landscape architects, and biotechnologists alike will have their information appetites sated with this collection of nearly 50 journals focused specifically on key issues in gardening, landscaping, and other areas of horticulture. A fertile and growing collection, this collection includes content relating to both the practical aspects as well as the scientific theory of horticulture studies.


Home Improvement Collection
Even the smallest home improvement project can be daunting: with this collection of nearly 100 home improvement focused titles, hobbyists and professional carpenters alike will immediately put their projects on a more solid foundation. Coverage includes such topics as architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and many more. 


ReferenceUSA Business
When looking for reliable companies it is best to compare businesses and Reference USA is a great starting point. Reference USA includes 12 million nationwide business listings searchable by name, location, and line of business, how long the company has been business, news articles, size and other details.  Virtual Tour




Better Business Bureau

Consumer home improvement and living tips.


DIY Network
Find projects, how-tos and experts' advice.


Do It Yourself
Home repair projects and how-to articles.


Energy Star
Joint program of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE). Its goal is to help consumers, businesses, and industry save money and protect the environment through the adoption of energy-efficient products and practices. The ENERGY STAR label identifies top-performing, cost-effective products, homes, and buildings.


The Family Handyman

Search do-it-yourself projects and home repair tips.



Featuring topics about decorating, landscaping, real estate, and home improvement solutions.


Home Advisor
Free resource to locate professionals for projects, with reviews and local & national cost data.


This Old House

This website provides advice on home improvement, remodeling, upgrades, and tools for various projects.


U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development

Whether you want to fix a faucet or add a new addition to your home, you need to know the facts and the pitfalls of home improvements.  The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development provides some sources that can help.



Community and Local Links

City of Buffalo Licensed Contractors list

Provides contractor license numbers, information on building permits, inspections and fees.


Buffalo ReUse
Environmentally committed organization that serves the community through collaboration, education and training, while promoting re-use, reclamation and recycling.

Home Improvement Council of WNY

You can use the site to search for contractors in the Buffalo, NY and WNY area by name, by job category, or to post your home improvement job.


Super Pages - Yellow Pages for Buffalo, New York

A yellow pages listing of companies that work on home improvement projects, which includes ratings by customers.



Library Materials

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Flooring & Tiling

Home Repair




Outdoor Projects

Painting & Wallpapering

Porches, Decks & Patios



Roofing & Siding


Window Treatments