What is the Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase?
The Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase is a scattered site tour of remodeled homes held in conjunction with the Parade of Homes. Twice a year in the Twin Cities, remodeler members of the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) open dozens of real remodeled homes for people to tour. Details are included in a printed magazine Guidebook and online at ParadeofHomes.org.
How much does it cost to tour?
Touring is always free, except for one or two homes that are selected by the BATC Foundation as their Artisan Dream Remodeled Homes, with a $5 entry donation required. All proceeds help the Foundation build and remodel homes for area families in need.
Why is the Remodelers Showcase so popular?
Originated in the mid 1980s, the Remodelers Showcase has long been a great way for homeowners to “shop” the real work of area remodelers. Since most of the projects remodelers complete are lived-in homes, allowing prospective clients the opportunity to actually tour their projects is a challenge. And deciding on a remodeler by looking at a photo portfolio just isn’t the same.
How can I stay updated about the Remodelers Showcase?
The ParadeofHomes.org website is where you’ll find dates for upcoming tours, resources about the remodeling process, and a comprehensive list of professional remodelers to help you choose the right one for you. You can also sign up for our monthly newsletter which is chock full of our favorite new homes, design and décor ideas, and fun facts about home!
Who builds the homes featured on the Remodelers Showcase?
Every home on the tour is remodeled by a remodeler member of the Builders Association of the Twin Cities, a trade organization providing marketing, advocacy and industry connections to member businesses. Members have access to resources and education that helps them stay on top of their game. They share best practices, learn about new products, services and techniques, and connect with trade partners, helping to assure homebuyers in the Twin Cities of a healthy, vibrant remodeling market. These are the remodelers that take their business seriously. They sign an ethics agreement when they join our association as well. And if a dispute arise, we will set up a mediation session to help.
Where can I find out more about the Remodelers?
All of the remodelers with homes on the tour are easily searched online at ParadeofHomes.org in the Remodeler search. Filters help select the right remodeler, while links between their recent Showcase Homes and their company website make sure you have all the research material you need.
When can I tour the Remodelers Showcase?
The Remodelers Showcase is the final weekend of the Spring and Fall Parade of Homes. In Spring, the tour will usually be the final weekend in March or first weekend in April (although it may be earlier when Easter is early). In Fall, it will fall on the fourth weekend after Labor Day. Homes are always open three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6:00 pm.
What if I’m not ready to remodel?
Many of the people who tour aren’t quite ready to begin their remodeling adventure, but that’s OK. Because remodeling is a very personal thing, getting to know the company that will be working on your home is important. Many of our remodelers tell us that they speak to a lot of folks at their Showcase home every event for a year or three before the family is ready to take the plunge. We believe people should have the information they need to make the best choices for their needs — and there’s no better way to discover all about remodelers and their capabilities than on the Remodelers Showcase. Additionally, newly remodeled homes are where you can see the latest in style and design — and our remodelers love to show off their “art” — so if you’re just looking for a neat new color to paint your bedroom, you’re more than likely going to find it on the tour!
Where can I get information about the homes on the tour?
Free, printed Guidebooks are available beginning a month or more before each tour in racks at regional Holiday Stationstores. The Guidebooks include information about all of the homes on tour, plus interesting articles and an extensive style section showing off the latest décor items. The Guidebook is available at ParadeofHomes.org in e-magazine format, too. And of course, ParadeofHomes.org is your online resource with everything in the Guidebook plus many more filters and resources to make touring fun and easy; and to bring you valuable information year round.
Can I plan my tour online?
Yes! Our online Trip Planner is easy to use. Start at your desktop at ParadeofHomes.org. Register your email and begin searching for homes to tour. Mark homes you like as “Favorites,” then when you’re ready to plan a tour, use the Trip Planner drop-down menu under the Tour search. You can choose some or all of the homes you “favorited,” and ask the system to map the most convenient tour. Then you can log on using your smart phone to access your trip route as you tour.