Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

March 2, 2014

Home show features an array of home improvement ideas

By Mike Fletcher Kokomo Tribune
Kokomo Tribune

---- — People looking forward to spring to remodel their home or just get ideas for renovation projects flocked to the 42nd Annual Z92.5 Home Show at the Ivy Tech Kokomo Event Conference Center Saturday.

“It’s been very good,” said Russ Dodge, general/regional sales manager for Z92.5, of the turnout.

“We’ve been blessed it’s in front of the storm,” he said of a predicted snow storm expected to hit Kokomo early this morning.

About 50 vendors were on hand to help people remodel their kitchens and bathrooms, build additions, decks and patios, or meet with those interested in hot tubs, landscaping, furniture, pest control, insulation, water treatment and electrical issues.

There may not have been a lot of buyers in the place, but there were plenty of potential leads for businesses.

“I’ve had some decent conversations,” Kevin Lanning of Lanning Homes said of potential buyers.

“We started out just building [homes] and now we’re doing more remodeling.”

Over at the JML Electric booth, owner Jeff Larson tried to draw in some customers by giving out free gifts.

Prizes included electrical tape, light bulbs, flashlights for anyone who could roll a double with a pair of dice. In addition, every 30 seconds someone won a free smoke detector by simply signing up.

“I like to give out the smoke detectors because of the dangers of electrical fires,” said Larson

Dave Sedam brought out his 3-year-old grandson to check out the tractors on display.

“We just come to look around,” said Sedam. “We come every year.”

Paul Wyman said he has been coming out the home shows for 20 years – 13 with the Wyman Group – and feels it’s a perfect place to make new acquaintances and promote his business.

“We’re giving away at Cracker Barrel rocking chair and every half hour we’re giving away $200 worth of prizes,” he said. “It’s just a great opportunity to meet a lot of nice people and share our services.”

“We’ve had about 20 people that we had conversations with earlier but it’s starting to slow down,” said Dave Smith who was manning the Sheriff Goslin Roofing out of Marion booth.

Smith regularly attends home shows not only to meet potential customers, but he said it’s better than being on a roof working.

“I’ve had a lot of experience dealing with home shows. I like the atmosphere.”