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HOME INSPECTION SITES

  1. American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) – The oldest, largest, and most respected industry trade association
  2. North Carolina Home Inspector Licensure Board – The North Carolina government agency that regulates home inspectors
  3. HUD recommendation about home inspections

DECK SAFETY

  1. Bibliography of Deck Safety Information from the Deck Safety Manual
  2. International Code Council News Release About Deck Inspections
  3. International Code Council Safety Tips regarding Permits for Deck Construction
  4. International Code Council Back Yard Safety Tips
  5. International Code Council Consumer Safety Tips

NORTH CAROLINA STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT SITES

  1. Town of Apex
  2. Town of Cary
  3. Town of Chapel Hill
  4. Durham City Government
  5. Durham County Government
  6. Town of Fuquay-Varnia
  7. Town of Garner
  8. Town of Morrisville
  9. North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors – The North Carolina government agency the regulates home builders
  10. North Carolina Drivers Licenses
  11. North Carolina Vehicle Registration
  12. Orange County Government – The county government site for the Chapel Hill and Hillsborough areas.
  13. City of Raleigh
  14. Town of Wake Forrest
  15. Wake County Government – The county government site for the Raleigh area.  Contains links to multiple related local and state government agencies including building permits and land deeds.
  16. Town of Wendell

LOCAL UTILITY PROVIDER SITES

  1. Duke Energy – Electricity service
  2. PSNC Energy – Gas service
  3. CenturyLink – Land line telephone service (Note:  there are other providers)
  4. Time Warner Cable – Cable television service (Note:  there are other providers)

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SITES

  1. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – Information about home buying including government programs for home buyers
  2. Federal Housing Administration (FHA) – Government insured home loans
  3. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – Disaster preparation

ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD SITES

  1. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – General resources page for toxic substances
  2. Asbestos – EPA
  3. Asbestos, North Carolina Abatement Requirements
  4. Asbestos, Mesothelioma Center.- Information about health effects of asbestos exposure
  5. Lead in water, soil, and paint – EPA
  6. Lead, North Carolina Abatement Requirements
  7. Mold EPA 
  8. Mold UK
  9. Radon
  10. Chinese Drywall

RECALLS AND PRODUCT LIABILITY SETTLEMENTS

  1. Consumer Product Safety Commission – General information about and list of product recalls
  2. Aluminum Electrical Wiring – Information about dealing with solid conductor aluminum electrical wiring installed in some homes from the middle 1960s to the middle 1970s

GENERAL INFORMATION

  1. Journal of Light Construction – A good site for those interested in technical details of construction
  2. How Stuff Works – A good site that explains how many things work in addition to home related things
  3. Home and Garden Television – Mostly about interior decorating and gardening, but some do-it-yourself construction information
  4. Toiletology – More than you ever wanted to know about toilets
  5. Do It Yourself – Repair, replacement, and maintenance information about almost all home components
  6. This Old House – Articles, videos, and pictures about remodeling projects — lots of advertising
  7. Inspect Pedia – Online encyclopedia of building & environmental inspection, testing, diagnosis, repair, & problem prevention advice – illustrated, detailed, in-depth research on finding, diagnosing, testing, correcting, & preventing building defects, energy conservation, & indoor environmental hazards. Unbiased information, no conflicts of interest.