Remodeler Showcase Entry FAQs

Important Information

ELIGIBLE REMODELERS:
BATC Remodeler (or Builder) “B” members in good standing. Remodeler “C” members must submit proof of three completed major remodeling projects completed under their current Contractor License and non-members must submit BATC membership application by June 7th, 2017, including proof of three homes.

ELIGIBLE HOMES:
Any remodeling project completed by remodeler member during the past three years may be entered. See note in FAQs regarding tear downs.

INSURANCE & CONTRACTOR LICENSE:
You must carry and provide proof of liability insurance on the entry ($1,000,000), with BATC listed as an additional insured, and include a copy of your current MN Contractor License.

PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT:
All participating remodelers must read and sign the participation agreement. The rules have been established to ensure a positive experience for the public. Penalties will be imposed for violations.

COMPLETION:
All remodeling must be completed by 12:00 noon on opening day of the tour. If you are uncertain that you can complete the project by the tour start date, you should banner “not available for showing” by banner deadline (July 14, 2017). Incomplete homes that are not bannered will be in violation. If you have unforeseen construction delays after banner deadline, contact BATC IMMEDIATELY for further instructions to avoid a more severe penalty.

SIGNAGE:

Remember, you are responsible for stakes and posts for all signage. You may order additional directional signs to be delivered with your sign package by notifying our sign partner, Turn-Key Signs, at least three weeks prior to the tour start date. Additional and replacement signs may also be purchased from our sign partner during the tour. Turn-Key Signs: 763-450-9514.

 

IMPORTANT SIGN PLACEMENT NOTE: Illegally placed signs hurt all of us! Please follow all municipal, county and state sign ordinances. Also use care in placing signs, a Parade of Homes sign pierced a gas main in fall of 2014 — please call for utility locators before installing any signs.

 


FAQs

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 Final Proof Deadline, July 14, 2017, 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 BATC member benefit, all company names listed within any home entry MUST be members of BATC.  Please ask your trade partners to contact Kristina Mahler, BATC Membership Director, Kristina@BATC.org (651-697-7562) for membership information.

Can I enter a tear down with a new 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.

I discovered I won’t be able to open the home I entered by opening day; what do I do?

You have several options depending on the date. On or before June 30th, 2017, you can cancel your entry and receive all but a $200 administration fee back. On or before July 14th, 2017, you can replace your entry with another project (please submit new entry materials by July 14th) OR your entry will be bannered (in the guidebook and online) “Not Available for Showing” and will not receive signs.

 

After July 14th, 2017, please contact BATC immediately. If possible, the project will be bannered (see above) in the Guidebook. However, if the Guidebook has already been printed, this is considered a violation of the participation agreement. You will not receive directionals and you will be required to purchase a magnetic sign overlay for your yard sign that states the project is not open.

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 BATC 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 by July 14th. 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 BATC 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 BATC or cut out the numbers and mail them in to BATC by October 18th. BATC 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?
You have a total of 575 characters to describe your project. Use descriptive language to point out the key features, challenges you overcame for your homeowners, goals you achieved, etc. As a member event, please do not include company names of non-BATC members (architects, designers).

Why do I need to send in a close-up map and what format should it be in?
For people using the Guidebook, the small map in your entry strip is an important tool for them to find you. These should include at least one major thoroughfare, plus all access roads to reach your home, which you should mark clearly. Hand drawn maps can be scanned and uploaded, or mailed/faxed to BATC. File formats can be png, jpg or gif. Please take the time to drive the route and record all street names and turns accurately.

What do I do if our client hasn’t made all the decisions about our entry by deadline?
We only require some of the entry form fields be completed at deadline (Your company and contact information and the city in which your model resides) plus a half-down payment. This holds your place in our system. We will remind you of missing information on your first proof. Please have all information completed and submitted to BATC before final proofs are emailed (July 6th, 2017) to ensure you are able to check that your entry information is correct on your final proof.

I want to enter a home after June 7th, what do I do?
We always try to accommodate additional homes after deadlines are past, but you will incur a penalty ($50 per day up to a maximum of $250) beginning June 8th. This event’s homes will be numbered after final proofs are emailed, so any homes entered after July 14th will not be accepted.

How do I enter online?
All you need is a user name and password to be able to enter everything online. Please contact BATC at 651-697-1954 for access. Then you simply follow the instructions to enter projects into the system and then place an order to participate in an upcoming event. Remember, it is a two-part system. Even if you create a “home” entry, you are not included in the tour until you enter your home (project) into the upcoming event, place an order and pay the balance due.

 

 

TIPS/GUIDELINES:
Select Project(s) for the Event

Consider the following for each option:

  • Does the neighborhood show well?
  • Do you have “before” photos?
  • Is there ample room to circulate inside?
  • Is the location easy to find?
  • Are there subs and suppliers that would participate?
  • What is the condition of the exterior and premises?
  • Is there adequate lighting?
  • Is there adequate parking and room to turn around?

Speak with the homeowners and get a verbal agreement

SEND THANKS:
Send a thank-you to homeowner with dates, initial info and a specific person to contact with questions about the event.

 

 

Preparing Your Projects for the Event

Address any of the homeowners’ concerns:
Punchlist items, maintenance, small repairs.

Prepare the project for tour if needed:

  • Decorating help if needed
  • Cleaning - provided by your company or gift certificate for cleaning service
  • Security issues - remove small valuable items from tour area
  • Take precautions to protect floors, etc., from traffic
  • Discuss with homeowners about being present during event: Would they feel comfortable talking with people as they tour their home? Would they prefer to be absent during the event hours? Would they prefer to stay elsewhere during the weekend? (Offer hotel accommodations.)
  • Would TV/stereo be available during event for background/mood setting?
  • How do you gain access during event? (lock box, security code etc.)
  • Contact municipality to discuss parking issues, secure shuttle service, and get permission for off-site parking if needed

Who would you like to tell about your projects in the event?

  • Past, current and potential clients
  • Other homeowners in the area of the project
  • General public

How will you reach them?

  • Personal invitations
  • Postcards
  • Newsletter
  • Press Release - we can help!
  • Advertisements - Guidebook or other

Are there co-op opportunities for your advertising?
Ask your trade partners, many have programs that can save you money. And if you use Marvin Windows, make sure to read their letter.

 

What do you want people to know about your project as they tour the home?

  • Before/After floor plan
  • Before/After photos
  • Were there special or unique products used? Why?
  • Were there certain techniques used? Why/How?
  • What products were used in this project? (countertops, paint colors, cabinetry)

What would you like people to know about your company as they tour the home?

  • Identity brochures
  • Photos of past projects
  • Client testimonials
  • Services you offer
  • Company background
  • Awards you have received
  • Accreditations
  • Contact information

What will you need during the event?

  • Directional signing and yard sign – BATC provides the signs, you must provide stakes/posts, and you can order additional directional signs
  • Staffing (uniforms, name tags, security)
  • Handouts
  • Guest book
  • Respect reminders (do not sit on furniture/use bathroom, please remove shoes, etc.)
  • Ropes or effective way to block off areas of home that are not on tour

 

 

Prior to the Event

  • Prepare promotional materials.
  • Create schedule and duties list for staff.
  • Verify insurance certificates with insurance company.
  • Define route for viewing project.
  • Update staff about project(s) if necessary (what was done, materials used, etc.).

 

 

Event Packing List

  • Site signs
  • Respect signs
  • Supplier signs
  • Ropes and stanchions
  • Name tags
  • Guest Book
  • Trash cans
  • Basket/rack for literature
  • Reference lists
  • Easels
  • Ribbon for doorways and toilets
  • Extra uniform shirts
  • Directional signs
  • Duct tape
  • Pens
  • Event number sign
  • Corsages (homeowners)
  • Copy of staffing schedule and duties
  • Door stops
  • Wire and wire cutters
  • Copy of phone list for staffing personnel
  • Handouts/Brochures
  • Shoe covers or plastic bags
  • Business cards
  • Rugs

 

 

During the Event

HAVE FUN and show it off!
Post to social media sites, i.e. Facebook, Houzz, Pinterest, and Twitter. Upload photos to BATC’s social media online at BATC.org under the Marketing tab.

 

 

Event Follow-Up

  • Purchase thank-you gift and letter.
  • Present to homeowner.
  • Address any cleaning needs with homeowner.
  • Verify that all signs are removed and returned.
  • Return all rented supplies/items.
  • Send thank you’s to subs/vendors.
  • Thank you’s to employees.
  • Begin list of project possibilities for next event.
  • Return directional signs to BATC for refund of $45 sign escrow.

 

 

For more information, contact Heather at 651-697-1954 or heather@batc.org.

 

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