My Home Must be a Castle Because I Need a King’s Ransom to Maintain It

I know they say that your home is your castle but I thought it was a reference to your domain, not your costs. But in the world of today, costs are such that you need to be royalty to pay for it. My home is about 28 years old. It’s in terrific shape but maintaining a home can be a full time job. I need help. If you do as well, home shows can be a good place to start. I personally am heading out this weekend to get some well needed advice and I am inviting you all to come along.

Home shows traditionally have miles of exhibitors showcasing new ideas in home maintenance.  They are a great place to help frazzled homeowners like me find all of these “fixes” under one roof. They also are a great place for homeowners looking to make some cosmetic changes as well.  New sunrooms, decks, additions are all showcased on the floor of these shows. Also on display are practical improvements like new carpet innovations and new appliances designed to help your home be more energy efficient. Recently I purchased new carpeting that is supposed to be the new state of the art, stain resistant alternative. I discovered it at a home show.

Be warned however, that typically all home shows have a section known as the dreaded “do it yourself” area. I do not think there has been a bigger boom to the construction business then the “do it yourself”-ers. I have been called many things in my day but “handy” has never been one of them. (Do not send in suggestions about what some of the other things might be). That’s because I think I can do it myself but most of the time, I cannot. And then I call the contractor who can. I like to think of it as my way of stimulating the economy. So I get a very patriotic feeling I get when I make that call.

These are really fun shows for the whole family so don’t be afraid to take the kids. As always, I try to highlight some of the more popular shows going on around the country every week in this blog. Most of you will be unable to attend these specific shows but you can use the search box above to find shows going on in your area. Have a great time and get to know many of the contractors exhibiting. It may come in handy in the future. I’m just saying.

El Paso Spring Home Show

Jan 18, 2013 – Jan 20, 2013

El Paso Convention Center El Paso, TX US 79901

More than 100 companies are involved, providing exhibits, demonstrations and seminars aimed at the needs of a homeowner, whether building a home or remodeling. Information. The show is presented by the El Paso Builders Association.

Home and Remodeling Show

Jan 18, 2013 – Jan 20, 2013

Dulles Expo Center Chantilly, VA US 20153

Features over 200 exhibitors for homeowners to speak with to receive free expert advice, and helpful hints and tips for projects inside and outside the home. See what’s new in remodeling, gardening and decorating products and services. Whether you plan to do-it-yourself or hire a contractor the Home and Remodeling Show is your source for all remodeling, gardening and decorating solutions.

Lake County Home Building and Remodeling Show

Jan 18, 2013 – Jan 20, 2013

Lake County Fairgrounds Grays Lake, IL US 60030

The Lake County Home Building and Remodeling Expo is the northern suburbs chance to get the answers to all home decorating, and remodeling questions. It doesn’t matter if you come to browse, buy or to just ask questions, The Lake County Home Building and Remodeling Expo is sure to have exactly what you’re looking for. Free admission and free parking. There’s also great family entertainment so be sure to bring the kids. Guests can expect to have fun while gathering new ideas and getting inspiration. Whether shopping for a contractor or just dreaming of renovation, nearly everything is covered from basic services to high-end building. Every year, new companies are scouted out and new displays are brought in to keep it fresh and exciting. Don’t miss your opportunity to attend this widely anticipated annual event. Your home is your biggest investment, and The Lake County Home Building and Remodeling Expo has exactly what you need to give your home a personal touch. This event is open to the public and no tickets are needed, so bring your friends and family.
5,000 Attendees

Central Nebraska Home and Builders Show

Jan 18, 2013 – Jan 20, 2013

Heartland Events Center Grand Island, NE US 68801

Since 1975, features 130 exhibitors displaying and selling home related products and services. Visitors can see the latest products and services displayed by exhibitors to assist them in building and improving their home and yard. Every show has thousands of ideas to help consumers make their houses a home!

Oklahoma City Home and Garden Show

Jan 18, 2013 – Jan 20, 2013

Fairgrounds at State Fair Park Oklahoma City, OK US 73107

Since 1983, Nearly 500 exhibitors and 1,000 experts will be on-site to provide professional advice, the latest products and inspiration for the home and garden. Oklahoma City’s largest home and garden show will offer new products, home décor and remodeling ideas that will motivate homeowners to start preparing for the spring season. Other show features include a garden market, full-sized landscapes, cooking demonstrations, the Oklahoma Beef Cook Off and presentations by local home and garden experts.

Log Home and Timber Frame Expo

Jan 19, 2013 – Jan 20, 2013

Georgia International Convention Center College Park, GA US 30337

Exhibitors will supply plenty of descriptive literature and floor plans. Also free on-site educational seminars cover the buying and building process as well as financing. Artisans and suppliers of everything from bedroom sets, living room sofas and chairs, chandeliers, curio cabinets and light fixtures will be on hand.

Home Building and Remodeling Show

Jan 18, 2013 – Jan 20, 2013

Baltimore Convention Center Baltimore, MD US 21201

Since 1997. Features over 130 exhibitors displaying and selling home related products and services along with demonstrations of home improvement ideas and techniques.

Good Earth Home, Garden and Living Show

Jan 18, 2013 – Jan 20, 2013

Lane County Convention Center at Lane County Fairgrounds Eugene, OR US 97402

Since 2006. Features vendors exhibiting smart and stylish buying decisions for a healthier home, family and planet. New solutions and ideas by experts. Admission is free with canned good donations for Lane County.
34,000 Attendees

Charlotte Spring Home Show

Jan 18, 2013 – Jan 20, 2013

Metrolina Expo Center Charlotte, NC US 28221

This is a consumer event for homeowners who are remodeling, landscaping and decorating their homes. There are over 200 exhibits with merchandise, product demonstrations and sample interior and exterior vignettes. With a combination of new products and expert advice from the pros, the show inspires home owners with countless ideas on enhancing their home´s comfort and functionality, as well as its aesthetic appeal and overall value.

Premier Mid-Valley Home Show

Jan 18, 2013 – Jan 20, 2013

Oregon State Fairgrounds Salem, OR US 97303

Since 1977. Sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Marion and Polk County, vendors, info, seminars, products and more. Held in Americraft Center (Jackman-Long Building) and Columbia Hall.
14,500 Attendees

Northern New England Spring Home Show

Jan 18, 2013 – Jan 20, 2013

Center of New Hampshire Expo Manchester, NH US 03101

Since 1989. Northern Home Shows are places to get ideas, investigate new products, gather information and meet the professionals to help you make your next remodeling, renovation, or decorating project a breeze.

Orlando Home and Garden Show

Jan 18, 2013 – Jan 20, 2013

Orange County Convention Center Orlando, FL US 32819

This show features over 400 exhibitors with fabulous ideas for consumers. Visitors can meet professionals to help make your next remodeling, renovation, landscaping or decorating project a breeze.

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