Want to Get on Next Year’s Home Tour?

Close to 4,000 visitors went to an average of 6.6 homes each during the 21st Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour on the last weekend in April this year.  That is a total of about 26,000 visits across the 50 locations. NRP, the Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization Program, coordinates the tour.  Labeled a rousing success, the NRP is now taking names and addresses for homes to be placed on the 2009 Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour, which will take place next year on April 25 and 26.

At the Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour, residents open their doors to show creative and practical remodeling ideas for home additions, kitchens, bathrooms and more. Visitors can speak directly with homeowners and find out what it’s like to go through the process. In many cases, their contractors, architects, and other trades people will also be on hand at the homes to answer questions.

St. Paul and Minneapolis residents that would like to have their remodeling project featured on this home are invited to do so.  Homes on the free, self-guided tour will be open Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, April 26, 1-5 p.m., regardless of weather conditions.

Do you know other people in your neighborhood with interesting, unique, or large completed remodeling projects?  Many of the 2008 home tour visitors surveyed said they were interested in looking for homes in Minneapolis or Saint Paul. While the tour is focused on remodeling, these visitors ask questions about neighborhoods they’re curious about. This fact combined that with the price of gas, the reasons why clusters of homes attract a lot of attention are obvious. Neighborhoods with three or more locations on the Minneapolis and Saint Paul Home Tour receive additional promotion in the Home Tour Guide.

If your remodeling projects were “green” in their planning and execution, your home or project can be considered for the “Eco-Tour,” an environmentally friendly designation. In 2008, the top-drawing homes were all on the Eco-Tour.

Every year, many of the homeowners featured on the tour have taken particular care to preserve, restore, and expand their homes in keeping with the style of the era when they were built. The tour has also included various historic locations iconic in their respective cities.

Neighborhood leaders and homeowners can nominate homes for the 2009 Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour by calling 612-673-5140.

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