Inspiration a-plenty at home, builder show

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

It's getting to be that time of year.

The lawn and garden products are out, spring fever is setting in -- will there be enough time to do all the home improvements we have planned and still have time for kids' sports, time at the lake, golf course and that trip to the mountains?

If you need help deciding, you'll want to be sure to take in the McCook Area Chamber of Commerce's Home and Leisure Show, Friday and Saturday at the Graff Events Center on the McCook Community College campus.

Time may be short to install a new kitchen this summer, but experts say that is one of the best investments you can make in a home -- whether or not you are planning to live in it a year or two or the rest of your lives.

Making the best use of your available space is another worthy goal, whether it involves a basement or attic makeover.

The same goes for bathrooms, which will take on an entirely new look with modern wallpapers or up-to-date paints, not to mention cabinets, mirrors and fixtures.

Engineered or real-wood flooring can change the look of a dated home, and while it's not sexy, replacing old, rusty iron or leaky copper pipes with modern PEX plastic plumbing will bring the bones of a home up to date at a surprisingly low cost.

The same goes for lighting; dark spaces are no fun if you're living in them and even less inviting if you're trying to sell your home.

And, adding attic insulation and replacing HVAC equipment will pay off in lower utility bills or making your home more attractive to potential buyers.

Plus, don't underestimate curb appeal. A healthy lawn, colorful flowers and carefully thought-out landscaping tell your neighbors you take pride in your home, make your home stand out and are easy improvements that can make a big difference.

Of course, physical home improvements are only part of what it takes to maintain a modern lifestyle, and there will be a wide variety of vendors at the home show to help meet those needs.

The show is open 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Graff Events Center and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, contact Linda Frank at (308) 340-7714.

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