Are you planning to build a new home or start a remodeling project on your existing residence, but don’t know where to start? Touring the Parade of Homes is a great way to begin the process of finding the right builder for you, estimating costs of new construction and sampling the latest design trends.
The Spring 2017 Parade of Homes tour in the Twin Cities area begins March 4 and runs through April 2 for new homes and from March 31 through April 2 for remodeled homes. This year there are 481 new homes and 64 remodeled homes open for display. Each home was built or remodeled by a member of the Builders Association of the Twin Cities.
Touring is free with the exception of the Artisan Dream Homes selected by the BATC foundation. These homes require a $5 donation fee with proceeds used to help build and remodel homes for families in need.
The Parade of Homes guidebooks are available for free at local Holiday gas stations. However, for your convenience, we will mail one to you free of charge so you don’t have to make an unnecessary stop. Get your free Parade of Homes guidebook here.
With so many different styles, sizes and price range of homes showcased in the Twin Cities Parade of Homes, you are sure to find the right home for you.
For more information about the tour, visit www.paradeofhomes.org.
Did you swoon at the first sight of Minneapolis? Were you ready to fall head over heels for the charms of St. Paul? One day at Lake Calhoun, a stroll around the wide array of restaurants, one quizzical look at the big spoon and cherry in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and you've decided to pack your bags and move from another state.
When it comes to energy efficiency, look for smart features and expertise to help you save energy and money and add value to your home.
1. Begin with a Right-Sized Home.
If the home you buy is simply too large for you or your family’s needs or plans, you stand a good chance of wasting energy through excessive heating and cooling costs. If it’s too small, you’ll feel cramped and uncomfortable. It’s a big investment, so seek balance and buy it “right” from the outset.
2. Purchase Energy Star Appliances Such as Your TV, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer, and Microwave.
And especially the refrigerator, as it alone contributes about 10 percent of the energy use in a home. Also, unplug electronics not in use or turn off power strips to avoid phantom charges.
3. Install Efficient Lighting Such as Compact Fluorescent (CLF) or LED Bulbs in Every Fixture.
Lighting accounts for about 6 percent of an energy bill each year.
4. Get an Energy Audit and Have Tests Performed to Identify Ways of Improving Your Efficiency.
You can always upgrade your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system as well as your thermal envelope, which includes insulation, windows, and doors and the seals or weather stripping around them. Visit energy.gov/energytips for more tips.