The 60th Annual NARI Milwaukee Spring Home Improvement Show is taking place this weekend at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park.
NARI is the national association of the conversion industry.
The show comes as NARI members are kept busy almost everywhere, amid a surge in demand for home improvement, fueled at least in part by people spending so much time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Homes shouldn’t be used the way they are used,” said Diane Welhouse, executive director of NARI Milwaukee. “They shouldn’t be canteens, offices, schools, daycares – everything else.”
This has prompted homeowners to renovate both functionally and aesthetically.
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At least for this year no weakening of the trend is to be expected. According to Welhouse, annual US remodeling spending is expected to top $430 billion this year.
Contractors are busy. Some “book projects a year in advance,” Welhouse said.
The pandemic and the resulting supply chain issues have somewhat changed the way projects are carried out. Now contractors try to avoid starting a project unless they can be sure that all the components – for example windows, doors, lighting, plumbing – are available for the remodel and ready to install.
“I’m not going to demolish your house and then have you wait months for the project to complete” because the supplies needed aren’t available, Welhouse said.
The NARI show is a good start
As for the show itself, Welhouse said, “It’s a great way to do comparison deals,” Welhouse said when trying to decide what kind of replacement countertops you might need in a kitchen or bathroom, for example.
It can also allow homeowners to get an idea of the costs involved in a project.
“It’s a great place to freely ask contractors questions and get a feel for how your decisions will affect costs,” Welhouse said.
“You can talk to professionals and they can guide you through the process of deciding what is most important to you in terms of a remodeling project,” she added.
The show features approximately 150 members from NARI Milwaukee offering remodeling and home improvement services and products – from design/build companies to specialist contractors for all areas of the home including roofing, guttering, windows, doors, HVAC, electrical, painting and more.
When you go:
The NARI Milwaukee Spring Home Improvement Show is held Friday through Sunday at State Fair Park at the Wisconsin Exposition Center, 8200 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis.
$10 upfront, online only at NARIMilwaukeeHomeShow.com; $12 at the door; Adults 60+, $10 at the door; Children under 17, veterans and active duty military personnel, as well as frontline workers and medical personnel (with ID) are free.
$10 for parking at the State Fair; ample street parking available.
For more information about the NARI Spring Home Improvement Show or to receive a free copy of Renovate, the 2022 consumer magazine and membership directory, visit NARImilwaukee.org