For Renewal by Andersen of Northeast Pennsylvania the time of year we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived.
HOME SHOW SEASON IS HERE!
Our marketing team has laced up their most comfortable shoes and is ready to answer your questions about replacement windows and patio doors. This is our most exciting time of year because we get to bring our showroom to you, tell you about Renewal by Andersen, and help you find a solution for your replacement window and patio door needs.
Attending a home show can be a daunting task for many. Aisle after aisle of home improvement companies showcasing their products, newest inventions and greatest deals of the year can wear out a home show attendee very quickly. This is why our home show marketing veterans at Renewal by Andersen of Northeast Pennsylvania came up with a list of tips for anyone planning on attending a home show this year.
Plan Ahead. Before you do anything, ask yourself WHY you are attending the home show. Is it to get landscaping ideas? Need new windows? Like the idea of granite countertops in your kitchen? Or maybe you’d like all three! Make a list, and number it by level of importance. Windows may be a necessity because yours are leaking cold air. The landscaping needs to be done around the pool you had installed last summer. And the granite countertops are just for a fresh new look. Once you do this, find out which companies at the show can handle your anticipated projects.
Research. Home show attendees are more informed now than ever before. Walking into a show with a particular home improvement project in mind, many have already Googled the show map and have a list of vendors they’d like to speak with. By following this same idea, you’ll become more informed and save some time and hassle. Check out the companies’ websites, list the ones that are most reputable and have the best reviews, and make it a point to visit with them. This will help you maximize your time at the show – and help you prioritize the appointments you make with potential companies.
Set Appointments. Most home improvement companies cannot give you a price on the spot at a home show, especially if the majority of their work is custom. Therefore, you’ll be asked to set appointments in order to get an estimate for a particular project. Most in-home consultations will involve all homeowners and take approximately 60-90 minutes. Our recommendation is to walk the entire show and talk to those who were on your list. Then, take a few minutes and circle around the show again, stopping back at the ones who stood out. Set up appointments with the best of the best, and limit those to no more than three similar companies per home improvement project. You’ll be able to make an informed decision and compare pricing – all while keeping your sanity intact!
Enjoy. Home shows are meant to be fun. Our marketing team has fun at home shows, and our goal is to make sure you enjoy them, too. Be sure to allow yourself enough time to talk to everyone and enjoy the atmosphere of the show; some people who are too harried do not appreciate the businesses that are there for the benefit of potential customers. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, try samples, test new products and learn what’s best for you and your home. And most importantly, have fun!
For a list of Home Shows that Renewal by Andersen of Northeast Pennsylvania will be participating in for 2016, CLICK HERE!