The Iowa City Home Show will bring together dozens of local companies all under one roof. With tons of new products and innovative ideas, you’re sure to find just what you need to turn your house into your dream home.
“With 96 companies and 144 booths, the show covers all aspects of residential construction, from heating and cooling to appliances, interior design, kitchen and bath, and so much more,” says Katy Stutsman from Surroundings in Iowa City and chair of this year’s show. “This is your chance to see the latest trends in kitchens and baths and in the building industry in general.”
“The Home Show is a great place to dream a little,” says Chad Keune of Advantage Custom Builders in North Liberty and president of the Greater Iowa City Area Home Builders Association. “There’s always something new.”
The Iowa City Home Show will be held March 7 to 9 at the Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 300 E. Ninth St. in Coralville. Show hours are Friday 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5, free for kids under 14 and the public is welcome to come back more than once with their paid admission.
“Be sure to take advantage of the $2 coupon you can get online at ichomeshow.com,” Stutsman says. And enjoy free parking in the south lot during the show.
It’s true. The first step in any project can be the hardest; figuring out what to do or how to do it. This can be especially true with home improvements. You may know there’s something you want to change about your house, but you may not know what’s possible or how to improve it.
The Iowa City Home Show can help you figure out your first step with a free service called Ask The Expert. Several volunteers who are builders, remodelers and other home experts will staff a booth during the Home Show, offering free advice and doing their best to answer your questions about home improvement projects.
“We’ll be pretty much open to anything, any kind of home question,” says Joshua Young from Ring’s Appliance & Home Furnishings in Tiffin. “We’re trying to make it more comfortable and approachable for people to ask questions without being sold something.”
Any type of home improvement question, no matter how general or specific, is encouraged.
“A lot of times people will have a specific question about a window, or their basement or a water system,” says Andy Martin of Martin Construction in Iowa City, “but it’s OK if you just have a vague question, too, like would it be possible to do XYZ? We’re there to field all of the questions that we can.”
Volunteers will staff the booth on a rotating schedule throughout the Iowa City Home Show. If the volunteers who are there when you stop by can’t answer your question, they will steer you to someone who can. Young admits, “We can’t all be expected to know everything about the home business, but, if needed, we can direct someone to a booth where somebody would be more knowledgeable.”
Feel free to bring in photos of your home, magazine clippings or even sketches on the back of a napkin to help illustrate your question.
Ask The Expert will be located in booth 5 at the Iowa City Home Show and will be staffed all hours of the show. “If you have any kind of question about your house, this is the place to get it answered,” says Andy Martin of Martin Construction in Iowa City.
While you’re checking out a variety of home improvement products and ideas at the Iowa City Home Show, you also can enter to win a sizable backyard prize package, just in time for spring.
The giveaway, which will include a grill, a fire pit, a smoker, solar lights and a lawn mower as well as an outdoor dining set, is valued between $4,500 and $5,000. The drawing is sponsored by Lepic-Kroeger, Realtors and the University of Iowa Community Credit Union, the two main Home Show sponsors.
“You can only enter at the show, and there’s no cost to enter,” says Carissa Kruse, director of marketing at Lepic-Kroeger, Realtors in Iowa City. “One person will win it all.”
Tom Lepic, partner of Lepic-Kroeger, Realtors says, “We are proud to support the Iowa City Home Show. LKR and our agents are actively involved in the Home Builders Association. We support the local builders and help to maintain the integrity of the homes being built in our community.”
In the same way, Jim Kelly, senior vice president of marketing at the University of Iowa Community Credit Union says, “We’re very active in home lending and home equity lending, so it’s a natural fit for us as people consider projects for new homes or renovations to their current homes.”
Kelly says the Iowa City Home Show is “an exciting environment for people to see their different options for improvements and efficiencies. There is just a lot of excitement after being in hibernation.”