It is outstanding time to consider buying a new home or remodeling your current one. Interest rates are low, home prices are excellent and building professionals are ready to work.
Whether you’re a first-time home buyer or are ready for a move-up home, check out the annual Spring or Falll Tour of Homes hosted by the St. Croix Valley Home Builders Association.
Walk through a variety of houses in the St. Croix Valley’s river towns, talk to builders and gather ideas. You’ll find a mix of homes, from ramblers to two-stories, and starters to move-ups. We also have remodels, from flooring to cabinetry and countertops.
It’s a great chance to meet the builders at each house - They’re ready to talk about the materials used, who their subcontractors are, energy efficiency and more.
If you’re considering remodeling or building an addition, you’ll be able to see the finished product and talk to the builder – not just see a rendering on paper.
Most of the builders also do remodeling, so consumers can gather both names and ideas. There’s no better way to see what a builder can do, as well as find the home style and qualities that you want.
Each of the homes on the Tour is clearly labeled with a model number. Bright yellow directional signs will assist you in locating the participating homes.
Pros you can trust
The SCVHBA is the only professional building association that represents builders and associates in Western Wisconsin, said Dockendorf.
“Our varied membership represents nearly every aspect of the home building and home ownership process – from finding the perfect location to placing the perfect accessories,” she said. “Membership requires an agreement to abide by our Code of Ethics, and each potential new member is scrutinized by the entire membership. You can be sure that you’ll be doing business with a community member dedicated to honesty, integrity, value and professional growth.
“Since 1979, SCVHBA is the professional builders association that people turn to in the St. Croix Valley,” she added. “They know that our members are skilled, responsible experts in their fields. And because the companies are local, they are up-to-date on the latest laws and regulations. The 200-plus members work in cities throughout St. Croix, Pierce and Polk counties. Members are also part of the Wisconsin Builders Association and the National Association of Home Builders.”
Dockendorf said that SCVHBA is very active in the St. Croix Valley. In addition to offering a Fall and Spring Tour of Homes, the group hosts an annual highway cleanup, fishing event, golf outing and boat tour.
Members take part in community projects, including the “Helping Hammers” program. Recent activities have included helping build a shed for a local domestic abuse shelter, and providing a space assessment for a public assistance building in the community that serves the tri-county area. They also participate in educational meetings with topics relevant to the building community, such as business management, customer service, construction techniques and more.
“I love living in Wisconsin,” said Dockendorf, “especially the St. Croix Valley. The area combines the comforts of living in a small-town environment with the convenience of a nearby big-city life. The Valley offers so many things to residents, from affordable housing and high-quality education to numerous employment opportunities. The towns in the Valley have a mixture of entertainment options, from plays and sporting events to great shopping and interesting restaurants. Plus, there are state parks, lakes and rivers almost at your doorstep, with activities available all year-round.
“The area has something to offer for everyone. When you visit the models in the Tour of Homes, you’ll discover how great life can be in Western Wisconsin.”
For more information on each tour, please click on the Spring or Fall Tour of Homes tab located on the left.