Time again for the Seattle Home Show

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If you are thinking of remodeling or adding onto your home this year, and taking advantage of idle contractors,  the Seattle Home Show is a good place to compare windows, doors, cabinets, appliances, flooring etc.  It’s all under one roof and you can come back a 2nd day on one ticket. The show runs Saturday Feb. 14-22th at the Qwest Field Event Center and is open til 8:30 weekdays and 9pm on Friday and Saturday. The entry fee is $10 ($8 with a two dollar off coupon found in the Seattle daily papers).  You might have to wade (literally?) through the hot tub exhibits to find the stuff actually applicable to your remodel, but the one-stop shopping aspect is worth it.
Be wary of contractors/vendors you find here though – I’ve had clients find what they thought was a great cabinet vendor at the show only to have their kitchen remodel turn into a nightmare due to this vendor. You still need to check their references and hear from some past clients.  Word of mouth referrals are still better than taking a chance with someone that talks a good talk.
If you have other plans – say a vacation on a sunny Mexican beach – don’t fret, there will be another Home Show in October of this year.
Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, and go early on a weekday if you can. Breaking it into two days might even be better – take a quick walk through everything, then come back with a list of certain manufacturers/products to investigate.  Happy Home-showing!

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