See Remodelers Showcase Additional Forms →
Spring Entry Deadline: January 6th, 2020
Fall Entry Cost: $3,054 per remodeled entry; First half is due up front with your entry, final half payment will be due along with your online proof approval.
How to Enter: To enter a home, login to your account at HousingFirstMN.org (new website name, but it is the same login as BATC.org). Contact 651-697-1954 if you need a login and password. From your 'Manage Profile' page, click the button to 'Enter a New or Remodeled Home'. For step-by-step instructions on how to enter the Parade of Homes, take a look at our video tutorials or contact Casey@HousingFirstMN.org or 651-697-1954.
Every participant in the Remodelers Showcase receives a 1/2 page remodeler strip in the published magazine and a full page online at ParadeofHomes.org with information you provide — including the remodelers name (as it appears on your MN Contractors license), a written description, 2 photos or illustrations (before and after), written directions, city, project type, your website address, and your company logo. Online search criteria include project type and company name.
Description: Your home's description can be up to approximately 650 total characters in length. You can describe the features of your home and neighborhood. Include information about your company, lifestyle benefits, etc. Please do not include names of any other firms (architects, interior designers, etc.) unless they are members of Housing First Minnesota. Your copy may be edited as per Housing First Minnesota editorial style and character limit.
Illustration/Photo: You can supply your own camera-ready illustration or photo. When submitting digital graphics, please provide minimum resolution of 300 dpi for halftones/CAD, and 1200 dpi for lineart. Please submit in TIF, JPG or EPS formats. You can upload photos directly to your entry online or email to Casey@HousingFirstMN.org. Housing First Minnesota retains the right to refuse any illustrations/photos it deems inappropriate.
Guidebook Directions: Directions should be clear and can have up to approximately 140 total characters.
Interactive Google Map: When you enter online you must place your “pin” directly on the map provided, otherwise you must email a map page (Hudson/Kings/MapQuest) to Casey@HousingFirstMN.org clearly marked with an "X" where the home is located. Please proof the pinned location carefully! The interactive Google Map may not guess the entry location correctly. Be sure to move the pin to the correct location by the entry proof deadline. Homes will be numbered and the overall map will be designed based on your interactive Google Map pinned location.
Free Opportunities: Participating remodelers have several free options that can enhance the value of participation in the Remodelers Showcase.
Editorial Feature: Builders, Remodelers, Designers: Get a home published in the Parade of Homes or Remodelers Showcase magazine! We are looking for beautiful, inspirational homes built and remodeled by Housing First Minnesota members.
We will be selecting one or more homes to feature in each issue. You may enter as many submissions as you like. Submit here >>
Editorial Feature Requirements:
- Builder/Remodeler must be a Housing First Minnesota member and have had a home within the Parade of Homes or Remodelers Showcase within the past two years.
- The home must have been built/remodeled within the past two years.
- Homes must be available to be photographed or have professional photography available for publication.
- If selected, homes may not be published by or submitted to another magazine for one year before and after publication.
Dream Remodeled Homes: The Housing First Minnesota Foundation, our charitable arm, selects one to three homes during each event as their fundraising Dream Remodeled Homes. These whole-house remodels receive increased publicity, a full-page description in the Guidebook and are included in special searches online. Selected homes must have a trained host present throughout the tour for collection of the $5 entry fee which is used by the Housing First Minnesota Foundation to continue their charitable work. We ask that the remodeler provide the host and the Housing First Minnesota Foundation will provide them with the training they need. The remodeler must also provide a location for fee collection. Selection is made entirely at the discretion of the Housing First Minnesota Foundation committee, chosen to maximize fund-raising prospects. Please complete the Dream Remodeled Home form to be considered. Submit entry form by November 29, 2019 (you do not have to enter the Remodelers Showcase event unless selected).
Dream Remodeled Home Requirements:
- Home has never been in any Parade of Homes/Remodelers Showcase or other tour event.
- Selected Dream Remodeled Home entry will pay the regular Remodelers Showcase entry fee.
- Home must be complete and ready to open the first day of the Remodelers Showcase and remain open during the entire event.
- Home must be fully furnished.
- The Dream Remodeled Home will receive additional public relations and editorial support.
- Selection of Dream Remodeled Homes will be at the sole discretion of the Housing First Minnesota Foundation committee (location/size/style/parking opportunities, etc., will be considered).
- Potential for significant traffic and revenue is important and will be factored in. The Dream Homes are one of the Housing First Minnesota Foundation’s biggest fundraisers.
- Dream Remodeled Home will be numbered, and the entry will appear in the correct geographic location within the magazine.
- Dream Remodeled Home will receive a one-page editorial description with photo or illustration in the magazine.
- Price of admission will be $5. The Housing First Minnesota Foundation will provide training to remodeler's preferred host for collection of entry fees and all material and signage.
- Remodeler must also provide a table and chair near front entry for host, and provide space near front entry for collection.
- A whole house tear down and rebuild does not qualify for Remodelers Showcase Dream Home.
- Participating Remodelers will be required to sign an additional participation agreement and may face penalties for violations of the agreement.
Events Calendar: Holding a special event at your remodeled home during the tour is a great way to keep prospects interested and in your model. Housing First Minnesota will promote all events in the magazine and online. Events can include educational seminars, product demonstrations, charitable events, grand opening parties, wine and cheese events, and the like. Please complete the online Events Calendar form with your intent.
Remodeler Page at ParadeofHomes.org: As a participant in the Remodelers Showcase event, you receive a searchable remodeler page that allows visitors to find details about your company and the work that you do. Your remodeler page is cross-referenced with your current Remodelers Showcase homes and will remain accessible online for the current tour event. Please take a moment to check that your remodeler page online at ParadeofHomes.org is accurate before each Remodeler event. If you require changes, you can login and make the changes online at any time, or email changes to Emily@HousingFirstMN.org.
Your Remodelers Showcase entry starts you off with a "Basic Plus" company listing for FREE which allows you to add a primary photo, a company logo, a company description of 200 words, a gallery of up to 5 images of your favorite projects and you can list project types and regions that you remodel in. Please remember to edit your remodeler page after you enter the Remodelers Showcase! There are additional opportunities to pay for a further upgrade and add even more company details like customer testimonials, social media links and a video!
Social Media: Housing First Minnesota posts to the Parade of Homes social media regularly before, during and after the tour. You can submit photos at anytime by clicking here and filling out the submission form. Any questions, please contact Laura@HousingFirstMN.org.
Mobile Website: All Remodelers Showcase models are included on our mobile website free of charge. These allow for basic searches via smart phone, and include any additional photos uploaded with enhanced company profile listings.
Paid Upgrade: With this low-priced option, you can make sure your entry stands out from the crowd.
Premium Online Entry: $200 per entry. Add any or all of the following to enhance your online entry: Photo Gallery (you can include a variety of photos and PDFs such as floor plans) up to 15 photos per entry upgrade; Video or Virtual Tour link; and additional website links (e.g. a link to a neighborhood website).
One 24"x30" metal yard sign per entry
Eight 22"x14" directional arrows per entry
Remodelers are responsible for installation of all signs, and may purchase additional directionals. Remember, you are also responsible for stakes and posts for all signage. You must follow MNDOT requirements as well as any county and city sign placement guidelines, and remove all directional signs by deadline. Illegally placed signs, and signs left up after the event hurt all of us as these agencies have threatened to disallow any signs if violations continue. Your $45 sign escrow will be returned only after signs are delivered to Housing First Minnesota. Call the city for rules and regulations.
Signs may be put up the day before the tour starts (March 6, 2020) and must be removed by 5pm the following day after the tour ends (April 6, 2020).
Parking Guidelines: Pay attention to parking! If your entry is in an established neighborhood, please plan for parking needs. If streets are narrow, you should consider a shuttle from a nearby parking lot (get permission from the lot owner), or no parking signs along one side of the street. In any case, if parking could conceivably be an issue, please contact your city’s police, public safety or other representative to develop a plan.
Please note, with rare exceptions, some cities do not allow Parade Homes or have specific requirements or permits. Please check with your city.
Penalties: As a participant in the Remodelers Showcase, you sign a participation agreement intended to ensure a consistent and positive experience for our visitors. Primarily, that means every home on the tour is open, staffed, and represented accurately throughout the entire Remodeler event. To avoid receiving penalties, please read the participation agreement carefully, abide by the rules, and if something unexpected occurs, contact Casey@HousingFirstMN.org as soon as the problem arises. The Parade of Homes brand is highly respected and trusted, please help us ensure that it remains a valuable asset to future members of Housing First Minnesota by maintaining the integrity of our events.
Promotion: The Remodelers Showcase is promoted each event with about half-million-dollars in mass media promotion. We reach a huge percentage of Twin Cities residents through a wide variety of media. As the viewing/listening habits of consumers are changing, so are we. We continue to ensure a real presence on traditional media (newspaper, billboards and radio), yet are devoting more resources to online and social media.
Questions? Contact Casey at 651-697-1954 or Casey@HousingFirstMN.org.