Prime Edmonton Real Estate - This past weekend I visited the Edmonton Home Renovation Show at the Northlands Expo Center. I'm not sure if you've ever gone, but it is 2 of the main halls of the Expo Center filled with everything to do with home improvement (and a few things that have nothing to do with it at all). Tickets are fairly inexpensive, and I was happy to also give away a pair on my Twitter page Saturday morning to a lucky follower.
What can you expect at a show like this? There are three main areas for people to come and learn more about: 1) Contractors who have new products or services that are cutting edge(for example - new styles of siding product, home security systems, or home maintenance products), 2) A place where manufacturers of home renovation products can expose their newest gadgets to the public and (hopefully) sell a few along the way, and 3)and instructional area to take part in workshops hosted by such experts as Bryan Baulmer of HGTV fame. There are also the unrelated products/charities/services as well, and a beer garden(?), but those add very little to the goal of the consumer at a show like this.
Why do I go to the Edmonton Home Renovation Show? I really enjoy equipping myself as a Realtor with new and innovative tools to help my clients with when looking at Edmonton homes for sale, and I have found this show to be a very worthwhile event to come and see what is new, better, and more efficient in the home improvement market - all things that can possibly help benefit my clients should they ever need related advice. I also go for my own personal knowledge and application to my home - to be inspired, to brainstorm, and to dream as to what the unfinished spaces in my home and yard could look like with some of these products and/or services in it. Finally, I have some volunteer commitments that require connections with contractors in the fields of security systems and asphalt maintenance, and was lucky enough to network and make a few new connections as well.
Here's the BIGGEST piece of advice I can give you when going to trade shows like this - NEVER impulse buy a product or service on the spot! I know that the exhibitors will not be very happy with me for saying this, but it's true. Traditionally booths will have a 'Show Special' where they have a discount off of their non show pricing - 'but only if you buy today'. Don't fall into those types of sales tactics, but instead, go home, do research online to see if the price really is a good deal, then worst comes to worst, pay another $10 to go again the next day and purchase the product/service. I would rather spend that extra $10 in entry than hundreds or thousands of dollars on something much more important!
At the end of the day, shows like the Edmonton Home Renovation Show can be a great way to learn how to be a better, more efficient home owner!