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Home and garden show set for May 21-22

We invite you to explore all of the fantastic possibilities featured at this year’s 12th annual Pagosa Springs Home and Garden Show, May 21 and 22.

Founded on the expertise of participating businesses and the support of the local community, the Pagosa Springs Home and Garden Show remains one of the largest, most successful and highly respected spring home shows in Colorado.

For 12 years, Pagosa Springs home and garden shows have helped area homeowners turn their houses into the home of their dreams by putting all the furnishings, home improvement products, accessories and other services under one roof, making for a real “one-stop shopping” experience.

Top professionals from a variety of industries will gather once again, and many will be offering show specials and discounts. All of this comes just in time to give your home a money-savings spring makeover. We’ll inspire you — don’t miss your opportunity to turn your home and garden dreams into reality. The high school will be completely transformed, for one weekend only, into a home and garden extravaganza. From the front door to the backyard, you’ll find it all at the Pagosa Springs Home and Garden Show.

If you’re thinking about remodeling, saving energy or giving your home more curb appeal, now is an excellent time to turn your dreams into action. And you’ll find that your dreams are quite affordable. With the downturn in new housing construction and the mortgage crunch, the professionals who specialize in home improvement and repair are more competitive than ever. This is a rare opportunity for you to improve the value of your home, at prices that will surely skyrocket once the real estate roller coaster begins its next climb. Newspapers across the country have spotted the latest trend among homeowners and potential home buyers: requests for energy-saving features such as better insulation, tighter-fitting windows, alternative electric sources and drought tolerant landscapes. “Going Green” is not only good for the planet, it’s also great for the wallet as a way to dramatically reduce water and power bills. At the Pagosa Springs Home and Garden Show, you’ll find a wide variety of vendors who can help you accomplish just that.

Vendors suggest

1)Make a list. Take some time before heading to the high school and jot down projects you’d like to tackle in 2011. Browse the exhibitor listing on the website and decide what companies are of interest: www.pagosabuilders.com.

2)Don’t just browse. Talk to the exhibitors. If you are truly interested in a product or service, leave your name and phone number and ask the vendor to follow-up after the show, or pick up one of their brochures. Ask about show specials.

3)Bring blueprints, plans, etc. Sketches, blueprints and floor plans: take them all with you to the show. Many vendors are prepared to take your information and get back to you with estimates, time lines, etc.

4) Listen and learn from local experts: Seminars all day Saturday will highlight topics on home safety, storage and sheds, energy efficiency, cooking and interior design. These seminars will teach you how to save energy in your homes by identifying cracks or gaps that can make home heating or cooling inefficient or share the latest color trends and the best ways to match different colors or cooking demonstrations that will explore how to make healthy, easy and affordable meals.

5)Prepare to shop. Many companies have items to purchase right at the event, so plan to shop. Come early and plan on spending the day; take a break at the food tent. The show is both indoors and outdoors, so wear appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes, and enjoy the day. After you’ve gathered ideas, talked to the experts and created your dream, head downtown to enjoy the rest of what Pagosa Springs has to offer this weekend — the Antique Car Show and a soak in the hot springs.

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