Home improvement conventions are a great way to get ideas for upgrades to your home. If you have never been to a home improvement convention before, you may not know what to expect. It can be a little overwhelming the first time you attend. Luckily, we are able to offer you some great tips and advice for attending a home improvement convention.
Home improvement conventions can be really crowded. We suggest that you get to the location early. This can ensure good parking and also you can beat the rush of people at the door. Research to see if you can preorder your tickets. This will save a ton of time by not having to stand in ticket lines. Be sure to pick up a map of all the home improvement booths. You can plan out what vendors you want to visit first before the crowds start building. This way, you get personalized attention. It gives you extra time to ask questions and gather informational brochures. Bring an extra large bag to pack a refillable water bottle and snacks. Waiting in line at the convention center cafeteria can use up a good portion of your day. It may be tempting to dress up for a home improvement convention because you never know who you are going to run into. We strongly urge you not to. Comfortable clothes and especially shoes are important because you will be on your feet all day. Comfort over fashion for these events.
Don’t be afraid to ask vendors at this event important questions. An important one is “how long have you been in business?” Experience of a contractor is crucial when you are hiring for work on you home. This is going to help keep your project on time and also on budget. Be sure to get their business card and research them online when you are home. Pay special attention to customer reviews. Websites like Angie’s List is a great way to get unbiased customer experiences. You can find out about their licenses or any other credentials this way. Being able to obtain permits and inspections is an important part of home improvement. Ask your potential contractor if they have experience with applying for permits. A good contractor will also be able to explain the technical language in each permit to you.
You may want to google questions to ask contractors and print it before going to the home improvement convention so there are important things you forget to ask. Workmanship guarantees are a great thing to ask about when talking to vendors. These can vary anywhere from 6 months to a few years. This normally has to do with defective materials or poor workmanship. This guarantee should be in writing. Getting this notarized is a great idea too, so you are protected in case anything goes wrong during the construction process. Worksite scheduling is something that should be discussed early on. Ask your potential contractor when their day will start and end. Just as most jobs go, there should standard hours. Sometimes circumstances may change, such as rain or an unexpected problem with the remodel. Being on the same page with your potential contractors can clear up some conflicts before they happen. Asking for a contract before the work begins is another great idea. Include the scope of the work, timeline and all of the supplies needed. Things are always going to go wrong when you are renovating your home, but having a contract keeps you protected in the long run.