The Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield’s annual Home Show concluded on Sunday, January 30 with hundreds of exhausted but happy vendors and exhibitors packing up their wares to exit the downtown Springfield Expo Center. Overall attendance topped 14,500 for the show – the largest attendance the show has seen since 2006, when it drew more than 15,000. The robust turnout represented a 16% increase over the show’s 2010 attendance – notably the precise percentage increase (16%) the area experienced in building permits between 2009 and 2010.
The HBA Home Show is seen as an annual barometer that often provides an early picture of how the coming year’s home building and remodeling economy can be expected to perform. Vendors attending the show expressed enthusiastic and buoyed optimism in reaction not only to the size of the crowd, but also to the conversations they experienced with those in attendance.
“The people I talked to were tired of waiting on projects they’ve been considering for a long time,” said HBA president and builder Matt Bailey. “For the first time in a long time, people seemed serious about planning their home remodeling, new construction and home building projects.”
In this post, watch a brief recap video from some of the activity at the Home Show, and enjoy a photo slideshow of many of the more than 230 exhibits on display at the show. To review a summary sampling of the HBA Home Show’s local media coverage, click here.
Video Highlights from the HBA Home Show’s “Opening Day”
Photo Slideshow of Some of the Exhibits Found at the Home Show