The Calgary Renovation Show returns from January 12-14 at the BMO Centre (20 Roundup Way SE). At the Calgary Renovation Show, guests can wander down the aisles and visit exhibitor boothsfrom renovation companies, paint stores, insurance companies, landscapers, and a host of other trades and businesses involved in renovations around the city. This is a great opportunity for guests to meet with different renovation professionals in Calgary and learn about what options are available to them all in one convenient location.

This year, the main stage will feature celebrity guests like HGTV Canada’s Sarah Richardson, who will be speaking on the main stage Friday night at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. about how people can maximize their home’s renovation potential. HGTV Canada’s Sabrina Smelko will also be on the main stage on Sunday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., where she will discuss how looking at the big picture can help people successfully re-design their home. For homeowners and sellers who are interesting in learning more about conducting renovations in Calgary, local professionals like Gary Sharp (Canadian Home Builders Association) and Jennifer Crack (City of Calgary) will be providing suggestions and guidance on the mainstage throughout the weekend. A full schedule of guest speakers can be found here.

What benefit does a renovation have? Current homeowners can completely change the way their home looks and feels with a renovation, even if it is as simple as applying a few cosmetic upgrades like changing the colour of paint on the walls or replacing the light fixtures. For people looking to buy a new home, keeping a renovation in mind can change their perception of the homes they view. A home that lacks curb appeal but is under budget could become a strong contender if buyers consider renovating the home to fit their personal tastes and lifestyle.

People who are selling their homes can also benefit from renovation tips and suggestions, but must be careful not to go over-board. While minor renovations can help increase the value and curb appeal of their home, large investments into upgrades and remodelling might not see a return value and force sellers to pay from their own pocket. However, if a seller is interested in sprucing up their home, a higher priority should be placed on larger home attractions, like the kitchen and bathrooms. Other areas of the home could benefit from smaller and cost-friendly changes like new paint on the walls.

Even for people who are not considering a renovation right now, the Calgary Renovation Show may encourage them to consider the possibilities their home has to offer, and inspire a feature renovation project in the future.

For Calgarians interested in attending, the Calgary Renovation Show is open this Friday from noon to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online for a reduced rate of $9, or at the door for $13. Children 12 and under can get in for free, and there is a discounted seniors’ rate available at the door and online.