Lakeville home expo set for March 11

One-day free event offers options for sellers, buyers

Homeowners considering putting their house on the market should first consider their home’s buyer appeal.

Although the Twin Cities is in the midst of a sellers market, buyers are almost uniformly walking away from homes sporting old-fashioned popcorn ceilings, according to Jeff Lundquist, owner of Homegevity, a real estate company in Minneapolis.

“More and more people don’t like popcorn ceilings,” Lundquist said. “It’s a big deterrent.”

He said while there is a lack of inventory around the Twin Cities, buyers are demanding features that include smooth ceilings and stainless steel appliances.

“People just have a thing with stainless steel appliances,” Lundquist said.

He said investing in an existing home can boost its value and ability to sell.

Lundquist added that buyers are also looking for granite kitchen counter tops, updated bathrooms and a finished basement.

For homeowners planning or thinking about home improvement projects, the Lakeville Landscape & Home Show/Consumer Showcase offers a local, fun way to explore options.

The one-day event is at Lakeville North High School on March 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature about 150 exhibitors offering products, services and information to improve the home, inside and out.

Those planning a project, such as building a deck, upgrading a kitchen or bath, putting on a new roof or building an addition, will, in most cases, be able to meet with the owner or contractors who would perform the work.

Visitors will also get ideas and see the latest gadgets to update their home and all will have the opportunity to enjoy free food samples from area restaurants in the event’s expanded food court.

The city of Lakeville will also have several booths at the event. At the booths, residents can meet various city staff including the new city forester, Emily Ball, firefighters and police officers.

City staff will also be available to answer questions related to permits and the home improvement process.

Many exhibitors will have free giveaways and the Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce is holding a drawing to give away a pair of tickets to see Lady Gaga at the Xcel Center in St. Paul on Monday, Aug. 21, at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, see today’s special section devoted to the expo.