Whether you’re renovating, ready to purchase a big ticket item or just looking for inspiration, home shows and expos are a fantastic place to get expert advice and great deals.
This week, thousands have flocked to the iconic Auckland Home Show. If you’re planning to catch the last couple of days this weekend, here are a few product highlights and some tips to help you get the most out of your visit.
1. Do your research
Knowing who will be exhibiting before hand is very helpful, especially if you have something particular in mind you want to see. An exhibitor directory and show specials are all listed on the Auckland Home Show website . Take a look before you go and make a list of what you want to see and the stand number so you don’t miss anything. With over 500 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and trends, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.
2. Parking & crowds
If you can’t find anyone to drop you off & pick you up, be prepared to wait in lines for parking. Don’t forget cash. You’ll need it for venue parking. There is a cash machine on site and most vendors have eftpos, but for small purchases and buying lunch, cash will save you time and hassle.
3. Do a ‘warm up’ lap.
When you arrive, get your bearings by doing a walkthrough of the expo. Take note of the stands you want to revisit on the second time round. It’s also a good way to identify stands selling the same or similar products.
4. Ask questions. Ask for demos.
That’s what they’re there for. If you find a product that you’re interested in, ask questions and get as much info as you can. Exhibitors are more than happy to give demos and many will have info or even samples to take away with you.
5. Be inspired. Get snap happy.
One of the highlights is the designer living pavilion and landscape areas where many of the stands are set up as rooms and living areas to help you visualise how things can be put together. Have your camera handy to take snaps of displays and products that spark your imagination and give you some inspiration.
The Auckland Home Show runs until this Sunday 13 September, so don’t miss out. Visit their website or facebook page to find out more