CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- More than 200 exhibitors are busily preparing for the 2013 West Virginia Home Show, which kicks off at 4 p.m. Friday at the Charleston Civic Center.
A host of contractors and building suppliers will be on hand Friday through Sunday to display products and offer information on home building, remodeling, furnishing and landscaping.
"It's kind of like a one-stop shop," said show manager Peggy Sampson. "Everything that you could possibly think of that you can use for a home is going to be here."
The show is sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Greater Charleston.
Sampson has helped put it together for 14 consecutive years. She said many exhibitors — including many locally owned small businesses — have been displaying products and services at the show for decades.
"The show is over 50 years old," Sampson said. "It is the largest show of its kind in West Virginia and one of the largest in the eastern United States."
Exhibitors include local homebuilders, landscaping firms, contractors and kitchen and bathroom specialists. There will also be flooring and carpeting specialists, fencing contractors, furniture outlets and Amish woodworkers.
Representatives of several local banks will be available to talk about home financing options.
"This is a great time to build because the interest rates are so low," Sampson said. "We'll also have Realtors here to talk to you about what's available in the market."
She said the Home Show isn't just for those thinking about buying or building a home though.
"Even if you don't own a home and rent an apartment, there will be people who can talk to you about how to spruce up a kitchen or bedroom," she said.
Dale Oxley, owner of Hurricane-based Modern Home Concepts, is president of the Home Builders Association and said the show helps bring local contractors and consumers together.
"It brings attention to our industry," Oxley said. "This allows people to get into that transition for spring, whether they're landscaping, or building a home or remodeling."
He said the timing of the show not only helps contractors get immediate business, but also reaps benefits for the months to come.
"There's a lot of firms who'll get leads for the next six to seven months off of this show," Oxley said.