If you're planning a home improvement this year - a home show might be the best place to start.  Home shows are a great place to see most of the new products you might like to choose from before starting a major improvement.  But to avoid becoming overwhelmed, check the list of exhibitors in your local paper and plan out your route before you go.  By being selective, you'll have more time to see exactly what you need to and be able to make the best choices for your project.