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Plan ahead to get the most out of attending 2013 IBS

At this time next week, the floor of the Las Vegas Convention Center will be bustling with thousands of contractors, builders and architects taking in the many exhibits and speakers at the 2013 International Builders’ Show.

IBS means many things to many different people in the building industry. For some, it’s a chance to bone up on the latest products and trends. For others, it’s a chance to spend a few days away from the work site. Regardless, with IBS back in Las Vegas, there’s plenty of time for business and pleasure. But we recommend attending with a solid game plan to get the most out of the investment.

BuilderOnline.com has a great list of things to do and see while at this year’s IBS:

  • Brush Up on Business Skills: Be sure to catch Chuck Shinn’s education session, “25 Ways to Become a Profit-Oriented Builder,” Thursday, Jan. 24, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in South 231.
  • Tune Up Your Floor Plans: The Architectural Plan Review Workshop is a fantastic opportunity to spend one-on-one time with an architect to review your house plans and get feedback on what adjustments could help them better meet the needs of today’s buyers.
  • Tour The New American Home: This year’s show home offers 6,721 square feet of revolutionary design. Sporting cool products, a new take on the wide-open plan, and a seamless integration of indoors and out, it’s a show-stopper you won’t want to miss. (NOTE: You’ll want to catch a free shuttle at Booth #20 — the home is 13 miles away.)
  • Take Back Your Homes’ Value: Learn ways to combat low-ball appraisals and take back new-home sales at “A Builder’s Guide to Appraisals,” being held Tuesday from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For IBS veterans, what’s on your to-do list when you attend?

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