Fall: October 2-4, 2020
Open Friday-Sunday, Noon-6pm
Housing First Minnesota has presented the Parade of Homes℠ to the region since 1949 and the Remodelers Showcase® since 1984. These popular and free home tour events showcase the variety and opportunities available in new homes and remodeling for families across the extended metro region. Visit ParadeofHomes.org for more information.
In fall 2019, we introduced updates to your entries that provide you with more entry options and enhance your listings in the guidebooks. See all changes here →
Questions? Contact Casey Scozzari at 651-697-1954 or Casey@HousingFirstMN.org.
Interested in Advertising in our Remodelers Showcase Guidebooks? See details here.
SPRING 2020 Timeline
*Timeline subject to change. For more information, contact Casey Scozzari at Casey@HousingFirstMN.org or 651-697-1954.
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.
Free Opportunities: Participating remodelers have several free options that can enhance the value of participation in the Remodelers Showcase.
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:
Dream Remodeled Home Requirements:
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.
Can I have my entry listed under a different name than the company name on my Contractor License?
All participating remodelers will be listed exactly as their company is shown on their Contractor License. If you remodel under a different name, you must add that name to your Contractor License as a DBA. Please contact Charlie Durenburger at the MN Department of Labor and Industry. Any new DBAs must be approved by DoLI by the entry proof deadline to be included in the Guidebook.
Can I name my architect, realtor or other trade partner in my entry?
Because the Remodelers Showcase is a Housing First Minnesota member benefit, all company names listed within any home entry in the Guidebook or online MUST be members of Housing First Minnesota. Please ask your trade partners to contact Heather Griffis, Housing First Minnesota Membership Engagement Manager, Heather@HousingFirstMN.org (651-697-7573) for membership information.
Can I enter a tear down with a pre-existing foundation?
Tear downs are allowed only when the home is completed for a homeowner on their existing lot (they have lived on a previous home on the site), and must be listed as a Tear Down only in the project type section.
Do I have to provide parking for visitors?
Most neighborhood parking is sufficient for Remodelers Showcase visitors. However if your location has narrow streets or very little nearby street parking, you should consider having a parking plan. Start by contacting the city’s public safety officer to discuss options. You may want to post no parking signs on one side of the street if you have narrow roadways. In some cases, you may need to provide shuttle service from a nearby parking lot. If you have questions please contact Housing First Minnesota to discuss.
My project won’t be done in time to photograph it, what are my options?
You can provide illustration of the project, a before photo (we suggest you include an overprint “before” on those), a key feature photo, etc. We also recommend that you use your writeup to explain the photo subject if it is not the project itself. All supplied graphics must be provided digitally at a minimum resolution of 300 dpi for halftones and 1200 dpi for line art. We accept TIF, JPG or EPS formats. Printed size is approximately 3.47 inches wide by 1.93 inches high or 1.93 inches wide by 3.47 inches high, please provide art proportional to those dimensions or Housing First Minnesota will crop as needed.
How do I get my $45 sign escrow back?
Pick up all your directional signs by 5pm the Monday after the tour is over. You can bring them to Housing First Minnesota or cut out the numbers and mail them in to Housing First Minnesota by April 22, 2020. Housing First Minnesota will send you a check at the end of the month. If you had any signs stolen, please include a note to that effect. Signage is an important part of helping visitors find your home, so illegally placed signs or signs left up after the tour is over hurt all of us. These agencies have threatened to disallow any signs if violations occur.
What should I include in my text writeup?
What do I do if our client hasn’t made all the decisions about our entry by deadline?
Eligible Remodelers: Housing First Minnesota Remodeler members in good standing. Remodeler “C” members must submit proof of three completed homes sold under their current Contractor License and non-members must submit Housing First Minnesota membership application by January 6, 2020,
including proof of three homes.