Thinking of selling your home in the next few years? Tired of the neighbors’ rose bushes looking better than yours? Finally have some extra cash around to spend on your house and yard? Whatever your reasons for wanting to improve your home’s curb appeal, you’ll find your area’s spring home and garden show to be wildly helpful.
Spring home and garden shows aren’t just an opportunity to drag your kids to the expo hall for a hot dog. These events are a great opportunity to take a look at how changes to your home and garden may look at scale. During these shows, expo halls often contain entire model homes, as well as new product launches, local service provider displays, and guest appearances by industry celebs.
The internet is a wonderful resource for research, but it’s no substitute for seeing a whole wall of pre-stained cedar shingles on the side of a demo house. Until VR catches up with merchandisers’ wildest dreams, it can be hard to imagine how major cosmetic decisions will look unless they’re on display in front of you.
Why You Should Care about Curb Appeal
Even if you don’t fall into one of the categories we mentioned above, it’s worth stopping to think about your home’s curb appeal.
Simply put, “curb appeal” is how attractive your house and property look from the street. While interior changes that impact the day-to-day functionality of your home can be easy to weave into your home improvement plans, exterior edits often feel less urgent. But this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t budget them in.
Improving your home’s curb appeal increases its value. Whether you’re considering listing your house for sale this summer or next year, spring is a great time to assess how your home looks from the street (and what you might do to give a better first impression). Even if you’re not planning to sell, there’s a benefit to making your house a place you love coming home to!
Your spring home maintenance efforts may unearth opportunities to increase your home’s curb appeal, but it can be hard to know where to begin. A home and garden show near you may be just the place to peruse your options.
Improving your home’s curb appeal increases its value.
What’s a Home and Garden Show, Anyway?
Home and garden expos have been popping up around the country since the 1970s. In northern states where the building season is limited, these provide an opportunity for homeowners to see the latest trends and meet contractors in person. This “one-stop shop” opportunity to join a builder’s queue for the months ahead translates well across climes, and you can now find a home and garden show in almost every state.
Show dates vary by region (as does the start of spring), but in general, home and remodeling shows are a great place to get ideas for summer landscaping, get deals on outdoor items, and chat with experts about everything from gardening to plumbing to decorating to buying or selling a home.
Let’s look at the basics of home and garden shows, then dig into five ways they can help you boost your home’s curb appeal.
5 Things to Know Before You Go to a Home and Garden Show
To locate the nearest home and garden show this weekend, do a quick internet search. The popularity of these events means that they’re available all across the country, and each is tailored to its region. Here’s what you need to know before heading to your local home and remodeling show:
- Look for deals on admissions. Many shows, like the Birmingham Home Show, offer discounted entry fees to those who subscribe to their email list. Some shows also offer gratis entrance to veterans and members of the Red Hat Society.
- Most shows charge between $5 and $10 for entry.
- Wear your walking shoes. Expo halls that host these events tend to be the biggest in town, so you should be prepared to do some walking.
- Most events list their vendors and a map of the hall for you to peruse in advance. For example, check out this handy, sortable map from the Spring Home and Garden Show in Huntsville, Alabama.
- You don’t have to be ready to buy. Making changes to your home – big or small – can be a challenge. If you enter the expo hall in the mindset of an explorer checking out new terrain, you’ll find the plethora of options less overwhelming. It may also help to write down a short list of things you’re looking to learn more about to help guide your visit (below, we offer a few questions to get you started, based on what you’re hoping to update at home).