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Home Remodeling Expo Kicks Off At Convention Center

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) - So it's the first weekend after the holidays -- are you thinking spring and home remodeling projects?

"I think people are always thinking about home remodeling. There's no bad time to update your house," says Nick Vedder of L&L Exhibition Management.

L&L Exhibition has arranged the 12th annual Pittsburgh Remodeling Expo, and over a hundred local exhibitors are betting homeowners agree that it's time to update their homes.

Sure the holidays are just over, and it may seem a bit early to think spring remodeling, but don't tell the folks at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center that. A lot of people are turning out to get some good ideas.

Over ten thousand people are expected to show up this weekend to check out everything from bathrooms to kitchens to basements to garages to all kinds of outdoor improvements.

"Just come to see all the new products out this year, and I'm off work so it's a good time to come," says Bill Phelan of Uniontown.

Like many, Kristen Wenskovitch of Gibsonia with her husband and newborn had some specifics in mind.

"Few for the outside patio area that we are working on, yes, and we have an indoor flooring project that we're looking for next."

And others were, well, sort of along for the ride.

"What brings you out to this exposition today?" KDKA money editor Jon Delano asked one gentleman.

"My wife," said Bob Tracy of Mt. Lebanon. "She wanted to see if we're in the need of anything and usually we're not."

But that won't stop local vendors from pitching their products and services.

"Waterproofing for basements and foundation and structural repair," noted Jessica Bender of Keystone Basement Systems.

"Fireplaces, building grills, we also do patios, retaining walls," said Aaron Lovell of Zeke's Outdoor Services.

"Instead of gutting the kitchen, it gives you the opportunity to have a complete custom kitchen without the hassle," pitched Jeanine Hayes of Lifestyle Kitchens.

And that's just a few of the many services and products homeowners will find this weekend.

Admission is five bucks for adults with children under 18 are free.

"This is a great way to connect with Pittsburgh local contractors, local home improvement companies, local vendors," noted Vedder from L&L. "It's all about Pittsburgh."

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