Can't Buy? Try Remodeling!

By: Joe Gagnon Email
By: Joe Gagnon Email

More and more people are finding their living on a tighter budget today, many can't afford that brand new dream home. There is a way, however, to transform your house now, for less.
When Cederedge resident Jennifer Nichols built her farm, she and her husband decided to put on an addition to their house.
As they were brainstorming, they weren't sold on all of their ideas for the project, so she came to the 2009 Home Improvement and Remodeling Expo.
More than one hundred booths, dozens of companies: All under one roof.
Many people are pinching their pennies, and even event coordinator Debbie Rich thought the Expo might be empty.
"We thought it wouldn't do so well because of the economy," she said, "but we have people waiting in line to get in!"
Probably because it's a popular trend.
According to the Mesa County Building Department, permits for remodeling homes or additions doubled from 2007 and to 2008.
In contrast, during the same time, new permits for new homes were down by nearly a thousand.
Bill Heart from the 72 Degrees heating company says it's a no–brainer to come down to the expo, "Rather than playing russian roulette in the phone book, this way you get to come down and meet with the different companies."
And Nichols agrees, meeting companies face-to-face is far better than what she calls, pin the tail on the carpenter.
The Home Improvement and Remodeling Expo runs Saturday 9am to 7pm and Sunday 9am to 4pm at the Two River Convention Center, 159 Main Street in Downtown Grand Junction.
Admission is $5 per adult, $3 per child or $15 per family.

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