How to Navigate Home Shows Like a Pro

Spring is a great season to check out your local home show. There are plenty of upcoming shows near Brookfield’s communities, including the Aurora Chamber Home & Living Show, the New Tecumseth Home & Leisure Show, the Caledon Spring Home Show, the Paris Fairgrounds Spring Home & Garden Show, and the Durham Home Show. Whether you’re looking for ideas, expert advice, or to source materials and local suppliers for your spring and summer home renovation or DIY project, home shows are great places to visit for fresh inspiration!

Home shows can also be overwhelming and intimidating, however, as they often have hundreds of vendors, exhibitors, demonstrations and more. Here’s how to navigate them like a pro:

Go with a goal in mind

Know why you’re heading to the home show in the first place. Are you there to wander in search of fun ideas, trends and inspiration? Or are you on a mission with a specific plan or project in mind? Whether you’ve got a general idea of what you’re looking for or a laser focus, it’s good to head into the home show with a goal of what you’re hoping to accomplish.

It could be as simple as a focus on which area of your home you’re looking to improve – from outdoor living to home improvement to indoor living. Are you looking to build a deck or shed, install a swimming pool, buy new patio furniture, get a pergola or new BBQ, do some landscaping or install a hot tub? Would you like to upgrade or repair your roof, garage doors, windows, storage and closets, fireplace, or do a home addition? Or are you looking for window coverings, appliances, hardwood flooring, stairs and railings, paint and wallpaper, kitchen or bathroom upgrades, smart home systems or interior design? Get clear on your goals and aims.

Make a plan of action

Once you have a general goal, make a plan. Check out the home show exhibitors’ guide online prior to the show and choose which vendors you’d like to visit. You can also grab a floor plan once you’re at the show and map out your route once you get there. If you know what your focus is, you can decide which exhibitors you want to see and develop a plan of attack so that you don’t miss any useful stops. Don’t forget to check out fun kids’ activities and live demos, and to keep your eyes open for special deals and offers!

Do your research

It’s a great idea to talk to the salespeople, asking questions and getting information, but once you’ve gathered all of your info and ideas, you’ll still want to go home and do your own research. Use the home show as a source of inspiration and new possibilities, but make sure to do your own homework too. Read online reviews and testimonials before making your choice and investment.

Above all, have fun! Visiting your local home should be an enjoyable process, so use the tips above and make the most of it! Make sure to LIKE us on Facebook and FOLLOW us on Instagram to follow along for more fun posts and lifestyle tips.