Shoppers opening wallets at home show

Posted February 26, 2012
Updated February 27, 2012

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— Vendors at the Spring Home, Hot Tub and Landscape Show Sunday said browsers seemed a bit more willing to open their wallets than in recent years, a fact reflected in the $75 million spent on remodeling in Wake County in the month of January.

The county issued almost 450 remodeling permits in January, at an average project price of $23,000. That is an increase of 43 percent from a year ago.

Jennifer and Joseph Smith surveyed the more than 300 vendors at the Home Show, looking to expand the outdoor living area at their Apex home.

When they bought the house in 2009, it seemed just right. Two and a half years later, their family has grown, along with their needs. They are strongly leaning toward remodeling.

"I would like to see an enclosed area, and then going out to an open deck of some sort," Joseph Smith said.

Organizers say the Smiths were among tens of thousands to pass through the Raleigh Convention Center for the show.

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Vendors said they were very pleased with the turnout and with the mentality of the customer.

"It looks like people aren't afraid to spend money as much as they were a year ago," said Shannon Hartsoe, of Brytons Bath.

"There's a spirit of, 'Well, if I can't sell my home right now, I really want to make it what I want,'" she said.


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  • DontAnnoyMe Feb 27, 2012

    It's always a gamble hiring services, because even if you get good references they may not do as good a job as you expect. BTW, the BBB is useless - see

  • rebelbelle Feb 27, 2012

    I think it's good advice to check out anyone before you do business with them, especially when there is a lot of money involved. The Better Business Bureau is another source of information.

    I went to the home show and did not experience any "hard sell" tactics or encouragement to sign a contract--most companies simply wanted to make prospective customers aware of the services they offered.

  • kencapulli Feb 27, 2012

    I recommend checking them out with the NC Contractor Licensing Board to confirm that are licensed.. Here's the link:

  • TurnEveryStone Feb 27, 2012

    We were burned by a couple of Home Show vendors a couple of years ago. Beware of anyone hyping themselves at these shows, and, at the least, check them out on Angie's List. You may even want to do a criminal background check because I'm sure some of them have one!