Despite what the weather might suggest, spring has officially arrived, inspiring lots of families to start thinking about ambitious exterior, landscape and other home improvement projects. In anticipation of the coming renovation and installation season, massive home shows are going on all over the country. These exhibitions feature a dizzying array of product vendors and professionals, so homeowners can check out the newest trends and meet the experts who can bring those ideas to life.

Why We’re Asking:

Home shows can be daunting for the uninitiated. Massive buildings, countless vendors and limited time frames make it hard to determine where to go, who to talk to and what questions to ask.

We want to know what homeowners should look for when attending home shows and we can’t think of anyone who would know better than the people running the booths, so we’re turning to our panel of home improvement experts.

So experts, it’s time to weigh in:

How can homeowners make the most of home shows?

What are the benefits of attending home shows?
What should homeowners look for at home shows if they’re interested in hiring new professionals?
What questions should they ask? What are some warning signs of scams or bad deals?
Are home shows good places to find professionals? Do you have any tips for other professionals who may be attending their first home show as a vendor?

We’d like to thank Steve Sparhawk of DeckTec Designs who was the inspiration for this week’s question. If you have an idea for a blog-off question, shoot us an e-mail at

Experts, post your answers in the comment field below!