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Home Expos experts offer improvement tips
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Al Swope looks over some of the glass door insert products Saturday at the booth of Entry Point of Atlanta while salesman Brett Butler looks on at the Home Expo at the Georgia Mountains Center. - photo by Tom Reed
Home Expo
When: Noon to 6 p.m.
Where: Georgia Mountains Center
Admission: $5 adults; free for kids younger than 12

Is there a room in your house that you have been meaning to paint, but you keep putting it off? Or maybe you are hoping to completely renovate your home but you have a lot of questions.

This weekend, the Home Builders Association of Gainesville-Hall County’s annual Home Expo is just for you. The expo continues today from noon to 6 p.m. at the Georgia Mountains Center and provides experts ready to answer questions on home improvement.

"The whole expo is brought into town so that home owners and people looking to buy homes have the opportunity to get with professionals to work out things for their home, whether they need renovations, siding, roofs, gutters, electricity — if you need something done to a home, this is the place you want to be," said Van Neese, the executive officer of the Home Builder’s Association of Gainesville-Hall County.

Neese said that since the home is the biggest investment that we have, the last thing we want to do is have the house deteriorate at any degree.

"A house traditionally rises in value as the years go on but only if you take good care of it," Neese said. "Given that set of circumstances, it would behoove anyone to want to keep that investment intact."

Neese encourages people to come back to the expo today because "you won’t see as many home professionals under the same roof for another 12 months."

"If you want good ideas, these people do this for a living, and they are good at what they do," Neese said. "Just come have some fun and hang out with some friends and neighbors and people in your community, and you will walk away surprised at all of the things that are going on and happening."

Margaret Woodruff, representing Taylor Construction in Sandy Springs was one of the many home experts ready to help residents not only learn about her business but also win some prizes.

"We have a sweepstakes where we are giving away what we are calling a ‘house full of windows’ which is actually limited to 12 windows or $20,000 worth," Woodruff said. "There will be a drawing at the end of the month and some lucky client will win that prize from us."

With every entry, Woodruff was also letting people spin a wheel to win an instant prize.

As spectators maneuvered through the maze filled with numerous companies, Reba and Denton Kopietz were just starting their trek through the Mountains Center.

"We haven’t been here for quite a while, and we wanted to come back and see if anything had changed," Denton Kopietz said.

Reba Kopietz, who hopes to soon start a garden in her yard, thought the expo may help her get started.

"I have an elephant fountain, and I’m hoping to do a rose garden around it," Reba said.

For the kids, Cherry-O the clown, also known as Cherry Lobo, was ready to give out smiles.

"We wanted to come and have something for the children to do while their families look around," Lobo said. "We are going to do face painting and animal balloons today."

"That is my reward — to see their smiling faces," she said.

Lobo said that today, Hopewell Baptist Church will provide baby sitting.

"They will be doing musical chairs and story telling," Lobo said.

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