SANATOGA PA – Far more interested prospects, and “fewer tire kickers” than in years past attended the Pottstown Building Industries Exchange (BIE) Home Show during the weekend (March 7-9, 2014) at Sunnybrook Ballroom, 50 Sunnybrook Rd., several displaying merchants and vendors said, adding they think business gained from the show will be up as a result.
Exhibitors acknowledged they didn’t see all the visitor traffic they might have hoped for, but Bob McCarty Jr. of Valley Lock and Door in East Greenville noted he “got solid leads from people who really were interested in doing things at their homes. That’s made us pretty happy,” he said.
The annual Home Show is the perfect place for local tradespeople and contractors to be interviewed by buyers directly and conveniently close to their own homes, according to the organization that has staged it for 60 years. Just as important, BIE Director of Operations Eileen Gilbert said, is that the BIE is selective in its membership, so clients can be sure the quality of their work meets a higher standard.
Ken Keating of family-owned Basement Waterproofing Specialists in Collegeville, said he had talked with a number of homeowners who needed his services. He said his firm’s ability to work directly with homeowners in some areas, rather than through other contractors, allowed him to offer enhanced pricing that encouraged prospects.
And given the problems posed by power outages throughout a difficult winter, crowds were drawn to the display of back-up power generators seen at the booth of McGee Electric LLC of Pottstown. Staffers there said they had been inundated with questions during the course of the three-day show.
Both the new and the old brought curious lookers to the exhibit of Pottstown-based Steve’s North End Mower Shop, where Carl Hessler displayed a restored 1950s-model garden tiller next to large, high-tech lawn mowers almost 10 times its size.
The exchange, a chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, will soon announce the winners of this year’s “People’s Choice” judging awards. In addition to the ribbons presented by BIE for what its own judges consider its top exhibitors, visitors were encouraged to vote for their own selections; they’ll receive ribbons as well.