About the MSP Home Tour

Are you curious about visiting the tour, nominating your own home,  nominating a home you worked on, or helping your neighborhood? We have FAQ's for that.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Minneapolis and Saint Paul Home Tour is an annual event that brings thousands of home enthusiasts together for a weekend of sharing home remodeling ideas for homes of all vintages. Brought to you by National Association of the Remodeling Industry of Minnesota, the goal is to present remodeling projects for our community, which now includes the first-ring suburbs. Sponsored by contractors and other businesses and organizations, the Home Tour’s most important partners, of course, are the homeowners who volunteer to open their homes.

The Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour is FREE to visitors. The focus is on homeowners sharing their experiences and ideas; even where professionals are present, so are the homeowners. Projects range from large to small and cover a wide range of housing eras, where other tours may show just new, luxury or historic homes. And it’s just one weekend…not to be missed!

Homes are open on the last weekend that contains an April date. In 2022, homes will be open to visitors:

  • Saturday, April 30, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 1, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This is a change from recent convention - in the interest of making hours easier to remember. The home tour will take place regardless of weather conditions.

The home tour is a free, self-guided event.

Find a printed guide (a tabloid-newspaper publication), which includes a description of each home and maps showing home locations, at locations to be announced here in the few weeks before the tour, and at the homes themselves during the tour.

Look for Home Tour signs at major intersections directing you to the homes.

In most cases, homeowners greet visitors. Visitors can also speak informally with experts about home buying, remodeling and other topics. Visitors go on the tour to get remodeling ideas and learn about neighborhoods.

The tour features a variety of homes in neighborhoods, and starting in 2022, the first-ring suburbs. Homes on the tour are chosen to reflect quality, variety and history of housing and living styles of primarily the 19th and 20th centuries. By popular demand, the focus is on remodeling and expansion of existing, occupied homes…from a single room such as a kitchen or bath, to a multi-story addition or entire home renovation.

Private homeowner homes are not for sale. The Tour encourages real estate professionals with listings nearby tour locations to have their listings open during the tour. The Tour is a great way to ask homeowners about neighborhood flavor.

Check this website in April 2022 for locations where you can pick up a Guide. Or get one at the first home you visit, based on what you find on this website.

National Association of the Remodeling Industry of Minnesota leads the tour. The Tour’s many sponsors include the contractors and other businesses and organizations you will encounter on this website and in the homes.

The Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) was created in 1990 to revitalize the neighborhoods of Minneapolis and make them better places to live, work, learn and play. One of its major areas of focus was on improving the housing stock of the City. NRP became a major sponsor of the Home Tour in 1992 and provided funding and staff support to the City while the City served as the coordinator of the Tour.

As neighborhood organizations used their NRP monies for various programs to help renovate homes and complete other community improvement projects, the Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour served as a showcase for these projects and the neighborhoods.

After the 2002 Home Tour, the elected leaders of Minneapolis decided to end the City’s coordination of the Home Tour. NRP staff and the NRP Policy Board felt that the Tour was a vital part of marketing the City to potential homeowners and decided to take over the coordination role and continue the Tour. Under NRP’s direction from 2003-2011 the tour evolved from being supported mostly by governments and non-profit agencies, to a Minneapolis and Saint Paul public/private partnership focused on showcasing homeowners and neighborhoods.

As NRP ended its operations as a multi-jurisdictional partnership and neighborhood revitalization program, it looked for an organization that could continue the Home Tour in the spirit and traditions of the past 24 years. It selected Pro Media Inc. to perform the coordination function because of the experience, commitment, knowledge and enthusiasm of its owners and staff.

-Former NRP Director Bob Miller

Pro Media, Inc. transferred the tour to National Association of the Remodeling Industry of Minnesota, in 2021.

We're curating a collection of stories. Among the types of projects we are looking for:

Life stage adaptations or construction. Example: Enlarging to accommodate growing families, or making handicapped-accessible. Most homes, even if one room is featured, have at least the main level open to view.

Live/work spaces — home office configurations and artist spaces. Second-story addition and basement or attic finishing have had much interest on recent tours, whether for live/work or just more livable space.

We've put out a special call looking for Mid-Century Modern, dressing up 1970s and 80s split-levels, Universal Design, landscaping, and tiny houses, old and new - categories less common, but requested.

Homes within easy walking or driving distance of each other. Visitors and homeowners benefit when homes are clustered.

“Cool factor,” or the draw of the unusual. Examples: Mansion, solar-powered home, architect-designed in an unusual setting or using non-traditional materials.

Remodeling/redecorating/restoring on a budget: Repurposing found objects, artistic and creative solutions done well.

Preservation and blending in: Restoration and preservation true to the era of the home, and remodeling that honors the scale and rhythm of the surrounding neighborhood.

Garages and accessory dwelling units.  Garages with special purposes - living, hobby or work, ADUs in the main structure or free-standing.

LEED, GreenStar, GreenPath and other approaches that spark discussion of environmentally-friendly remodeling.

Homeowners have found the tour to be a very rewarding and enjoyable experience. Many have met neighbors or other home enthusiasts and gained useful ideas as a result of having visited homes on the tour and want to “give back.” By promoting their neighborhoods and cities, owners help strengthen their neighborhoods and attract residents who help build and maintain healthy, vibrant communities. Homeowners who have lived through the dust and frustration of remodeling appreciate the positive comments offered by visitors. The tour provides a good incentive/deadline for completing projects whether by contractor or homeowner.

This is a tour of Real Homes, Real People, Real Ideas. It’s just as “real” to have concentrated on just one room at a time, as it is to have done the whole house. Typically one entire floor of the home is held open, even if one room such as the kitchen is the focus.

There is no charge for homeowners on the Tour, and homeowners will not receive money for having a home on the Tour. Many participants say it provides the incentive they’ve needed to get projects finished or the house cleaned, or leverage to get a contracted job done on time.

Commercial sponsors, such as the companies who have been involved in the home’s construction/remodeling, often help hold the homes open and they do pay an entry fee to have their companies advertised. 

Those homes not involving professionals (and some that do) rely on family, friends, and neighborhood boosters to help staff the homes during the tour.

The Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour’s theme involves homeowners being present as much as possible. We do understand that a parent may need to focus on being with children elsewhere during the tour. Some children will enjoy helping with the tour for a while. 

Call coordinator Margo Ashmore at 612-867-4874 if you have any question whether your home would be a good candidate for the Tour, or to have a hard copy form emailed or mailed to you. (2022 form is under construction)

Call coordinator Margo Ashmore at 612-867-4874 if you have any question whether your home would be a good candidate for the Tour, or to request an application form that can be filled out in Word. Note that there is an entry fee, contact Margo Ashmore for details. (Due after the homeowner has been interviewed and the home accepted, and advertising arranged for.)

The first deadline for the tour is mid-January of each year - January 17th in 2022. This allows time to meet with the homeowners, organize the tour, line up the sponsorships and coordinate all levels of publicity...as well as for the homeowners and contractors to get ready. After mid-January, homes may be accepted if they help to accomplish geographic distribution, clustering, and other Tour goals, so keep them coming. Generally, after February, submissions would be considered for the next year. We welcome nominations at any time of year.

Email Margo Ashmore at msphometour@narimn.org to receive entry fee and sponsor information, or call 612-867-4874. The tour is professionally organized, managed and promoted; we use the resources we gather wisely. All professionals using the tour as a marketing opportunity pay a reasonable entry fee to have a company’s name mentioned in the promotional materials of this highly-regarded, accessible tour. 

Professionals help homeowners hold the homes open, have their promotional literature and signage at the homes, and gather leads in a no-pressure, informational setting. 

Financial institutions, real estate professionals, development initiatives and other housing-related concerns are also welcome to use this forum as sponsors.

Generally, homeowners are supported by their families, friends, and professionals who worked on their homes. But occasionally, a greeter is needed. Call Margo Ashmore at 612-867-4874 to register.

National Association of the Remodeling Industry. NARI's Minnesota Chapter is responsible for the Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour.