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Aside from escaping the bitter cold that is our North Dakota winter, checking out your local home — both in Bismarck and Fargo — has several advantages for both the homeowner and those of you considering building a new home.

For the current homeowner, you’ll find inspiration galore at the home show. If you’re in the position of looking to make a move, walking through the home show floor will expose you to the same inspiration, as well as introduce you to many (if not all) of the local builders. It’s a family-friendly atmosphere where you can do some shopping, some exploring and some learning…

Talk Directly to Contractors

One of the top reasons to go to a home show is so that you can talk directly to the suppliers of products and services. While a company’s website may be bursting with helpful information, there’s still nothing like getting to talk face-to-face with a prospective contracting company. You can get a better sense of whether the company is right for you. Plus, if you have any difficult questions that can’t be answered in an email, a representative can easily answer your questions and explain their process in a conversation.

See Products Up Close

Home shows will have products on display for clients to touch, feel and play with. This is a great way to test them out before making the decision to buy. Even just seeing something in person can change your mind. For example, you may have your heart set on a lovely granite countertop, but when you see it in real life, under bright kitchen lighting, it’s not how you thought it would look. It’s better to make that discovery now than after having it installed in your kitchen!

Experience the Latest Innovations

Home shows are great places to see all the latest innovations and modern trends in home remodeling. Attending a home show is a great way to stay one step ahead of the market. If a company has a new product or service, they’re likely to unveil it for the first time at a home show. This is a great way for you to have access to the most up-to-date and innovative home remodeling products and services… all of which is helpful information for those looking to build a new home as well.

Find Your Inspiration

Sure, Pinterest offers tons of interesting ideas for how to decorate your house, but the Fargo and Bismarck home shows offer an up close and personal look at some of the hottest trends in the industry. There’s no substitute for being able to touch and feel products, finishes, textures, etc. Plus, experts will be on hand to bounce your ideas off of and walk away with new inspiration and ideas for how to perfect your space (or new home design).

Do Some Comparison Shopping

Many consumers are already aware of what kind of products they’re looking for, but they don’t want to have five different companies come out to their homes to do demonstrations. Attending a single home show allows you to compare products side by side as you visit each booth and experience them in person. It also gives you a chance to compare vendors, suppliers and builders to find a good match personality-wise. In the case of building a new home, it’s so important to find a builder you can relate to and build a real relationship with… as you’ll be spending months working together to build your dream.