Home & Garden Subject Guide
Home Maintenance & Repairs
- Home Improvement Reference Center
Search the contents DIY magazines, books and videos about home maintenance, electrical work, plumbing, carpentry, decorating, landscaping and more.
- City of Columbia Home Assistance Programs
Includes information about various programs such as Emergency Repair Program, Home Owner Assistance Programs, etc.
- Energy Star
A government site providing information on energy efficient choices for home and business, including ideas for home improvement.
Presented by home improvement author Don Vandervort, this site includes buying guides (e.g., for appliances) and brief informational articles on a variety of home maintenance and repair topics.
Home Decoration & Organization
- Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center
Select the “Home and Leisure” Category and browse “home décor” to view interior decorating projects from select magazines and books.
- Better Homes & Gardens
Includes information on decorating, gardening, cooking, crafts and more.
Provides information on decorating, gardening, landscaping, crafts and organizing.
- Organized Home.com
Gives advice on organizing and cleaning your home.
Home Buying & Selling
- City of Columbia First Time Homebuyer Program
This program is designed to help low- to moderate-income families purchase and occupy a home in Columbia, Missouri.
- City Comparisons
Research and compare cities and housing prices throughout the United States.
- Consumer Information Center - Housing
Full text pamphlets from the U.S. Government covering various aspects of home ownership, including buying a home, getting a mortgage, home maintenance and home safety.
- Homes and Communities
Tips on home buying, mortgage shopping, finding affordable rental housing and avoiding foreclosure from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
- Microsoft Home Advisor
Includes information and advice on various home-related topics, such as buying or renting; choosing a mortgage; and comparing neighborhoods.
From the National Association of Realtors, this site provides listings across the country and includes information on financing, moving and other aspects of home ownership.
Gardening & Landscaping
(See also: Sustainable Gardening & Food Production)
- National Gardening Association
Browse thousands of gardening questions and answers.
- Ohio State University WebGarden
Offers a wide range of multimedia resources, including the PlantFacts database, which searches for content from dozens of university and government sources.
- University of Missouri Extension Publications
Includes information on trees and shrubs; vegetables; fruits; landscaping; pests and diseases; flowers and houseplants.
- Community Garden Coalition - Columbia
- Master Gardeners - Missouri
- Master Gardeners – Central Missouri Area
- University of Missouri Extension – Boone County
- University of Missouri Extension- Callaway County