PLAINS TWP. — More than 90 vendors greeted the 5,000 plus people that turned out Friday and Saturday for the Home Expo 2014 at the Mohegan Sun Hotel and Convention Center.
The event, which is sponsored by the Building Industry Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania, concludes today.
Dave Balent, president of the BIA, said the annual expo results in a significant increase in contractor business each year.
“Many are surprised at the referral business it generates,” he said.
Balent added that the show has grown every year since it began 32 years ago.
“The event is sold out, and the vendors are very happy,” Balent said.
Home improvement professionals provided their expertise, gave product demonstrations, offered deals, answered questions and set up appointments for indoor and outdoor jobs of all sizes and types on Saturday.
If a contractor and homeowner can make a connection at the expo, they usually schedule follow-up meetings where they can finalize their plans. Most of the business generated at the show will be taking place over the next few months, Balent added.
The BIA offers consumers a tool that Balent believes is better than the newer “impersonal” online services. He recommends any consumer planning a project to consult with the BIA.
Contractors who are part of the BIA are part of a local network that is involved in the latest home improvement technology and building codes, he said.
“We can help a homeowner choose the most skilled contractor and even provide background checks,” Balent said.
Don Casterline, a member of the BIA board of directors, estimates about 80 percent of the vendors at the expo this weekend have been participating for years because of the business the event generates. He has been involved since its inception.
Casterline pointed out each year the consumers have different priorities. Many of the visitors this year are seeking ways to recover from storm damage or upgrading to avoid future damage from heavy snow and ice.
Heating efficiency is always one of the top drivers for consumers at the show though, Casterline said.
“High bills make homeowners take inventory of their homes and try to heat more efficiently,” he said.