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Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by pghlandscape, Oct 4, 2008.
we are considering doing a home show in march 2009 has anyone ever done them? if so any advice?
We do a couple every year. Done right, they bring in a lot of new contacts.
Very expensive but a great way to get your name out there. We give away a ruler with our name imprinted with the correct grass cut height. Got them from RND SIGNS.
We have one of the largest Home and Garden Shows in the region in Cincinnati and it is a pricey setup to do, so we do it once every other year. We usually keep a 4 man crew running for 3 months from the contact generated at the show alone. Now, our investment is: $2000 for the space, $4000 for materials dry laid so they can be resold), 3 guys out of the field for 3 weeks (1 week setup, one week takedown and restock, 1 week at show.)
I have never personally done one, but have heard good and bad about them. The good being that they can bring in a ton of work. I know of one contractor where about 40% of his work for the summer is generated from one home show. On the other hand, I've heard you need to be prepared for a lot of idea stealing price shoppers.
I want to do at least one home show in the spring. I don't really think it would be great for a mow only operation. I'm going to really push decorative concrete in the spring and I think a how show is the perfect place. Shopping today and they're pretty pricey. Looks like booths start at $600 for the weekend and in a larger city are more than double that.
1750.00 for a 10` x 10` in Pittsburgh