What Does Your Home Need?

The 4th annual Lakewood Old House Fair will be this Saturday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Harding Middle School. Whether you rent or own, large or small, this show is designed for Lakewood residents to be a one-stop shop to help care for and enjoy your living spaces. This local event is put on by Lakewood residents, businesses, and nonprofits with a mission to positively and proactively serve the needs of Lakewood’s older housing. There will be fifty local businesses and nonprofit exhibitors who are experienced and knowledgeable in their trades. Because many of the exhibitors are Lakewood residents themselves they have a deep respect for the unique needs and quality of older homes.

So are you gearing up for that big home improvement project or continuing the never ending process? Have you been putting off that repair because you’re not sure whom to call or you need advice on how to do it yourself? Maybe you’d love to get some ideas for that outdated bathroom or kitchen; bare or overgrown yard?

We have plenty of booth raffle giveaways to help you get motivated. We are excited to raffle off a free new roof-install by Lakewood business Home Restoration Investments (HRI)! This is valued up to $5,000 for a typical Lakewood roof of 1500 to 2000 square feet. The winner pays for materials only. Slife Heating and Cooling will raffle off a free whole house humidifier & air cleaner with installation. Additional booth raffles, most valued at $125 and above, will be provided by HRI, Reliable Construction, Lakewood Hardware, American Plaster & Drywall, Imperial Home Center, Sherwin Williams, Allure Painting, Lakewood Garden Center, GoodCents (at LakewoodAlive booth), Britishstoneworks, Howard Hanna, and The Ohio Educational Credit Union.

Two presentations will be given with each of them offered twice for your convenience. At 12 and 2 p.m. Cleveland Restoration Society’s Jessica Ugarte and Michael Fleenor will present “Exterior House Maintenance And Efficiency.”  At 2 and 3 p.m. Landscape Specialist  and Arborist, John Palmer, will present “A Beautiful, Healthy Yard. Mission Impossible?” For more details about these you can read their articles in the last issue of Lakewood Observer in print or online at http://lakewoodobserver.com/read/2012/04/17/a-bit-about-building-code-requirements-and-why-they-are and http://lakewoodobserver.com/read/2012/04/17/a-beautiful-healthy-yard-mission-impossible.

Admission is always free to this event but you may want to bring a little spending cash as we will have Lakewood Garden Center embellishing the proceedings with gorgeous spring plantings available for sale. Also, Friends of Lakewood Public Library will be giving you an opportunity to buy books for those of us who missed the library’s recent book sale. Every attendee will leave with the new and improved Old House Fair Directory and popular Madison Avenue Business Directory. You will only need a couple of hours to attend this event, so make this a stop on your list of things to do Saturday.  See the ad in this issue.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 10:51 AM, 05.04.2012