UPWARDS OF 9,000 PEOPLE are expected to attend the 52nd annual New Hampshire State Home Show, featurning nearly 300 exhibitors next weekend at the Doubletree Hotel in Downtown Manchester.
According to Joe Harnois, recently elected president of the New Hampshire Home Builders Association, which produces the show, it’s an event not to be missed.
“If you are looking to work on small remodeling projects or even build a new house on the lake, the experienced professionals that can help will be at this show,” he said. “There truly is something for everyone.”
As in prior years, NHHBA has not rested on its laurels, as Harnois said this year’s show will introduce several new elements which he described as “a must see.”
“We have added a new 800-square-foot Smart Model Home, which will showcase the latest advancements in home automation for both interior and exterior products,” he said. “We have also added an Ugly Door Contest with the winner walking away with a $1,600 exterior door package donated by Masonite and Belletetes Building Products.”
He said entrants can upload a picture of their ugly door to the N.H. State Home Show Facebook page through March 6, with voting to be held during the show itself.
Popular returning show elements include a Junior Lego Build, which will be emceed by Laura from the Morning Buzz. Kids ages 5 to 10, separated into two categories, build homes out of Legos and win prizes.
Again this year, the show will feature various consumer seminars and demonstrations on anything related to the home. Seminars will cover topics ranging from home inspections to kitchen and bath remodeling to solar power and more. Demonstrations will include basic installation practices of Nudura Insulated Concrete Forms, basic techniques of cedar-strip boat building, DeWalt outdoor power equipment, and choosing stone, tile and grout.
“This is a wonderful chance for us to interact with home buyers from across the state,” said Service Credit Union’s Matthew Gallant, real-estate lending specialist who will provide guidance on the home-buying process. “We are very pleased to be part of the New Hampshire State Home Show.”
As for his thoughts on his new role as NHHBA president, Harnois expressed optimism and said he believes in the organization’s mission and role in the Granite State.
“(NHHBA) has strived to be relevant and has provided its members with networking opportunities, legislative support and advocacy, education and many other benefits,” he said. “It’s a necessary way for professionals in our industry to be active and successful … We care about our industry and its consumers.”
According to Harnois, one of NHHBA’s biggest goals in 2019 is to help members overcome a lack of workforce entering the industry.
“We need to structure programs to promote it as having a viable and rewarding career ladder,” he added. “It’s an industry that people can enter in fairly unskilled, develop, save, and retire out of with great success.”