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Get the most out of your Parade experience

Todd Lewys / Winnipeg Free Press files

The 2019 Spring Parade of Homes is on now.

The 2019 Spring Parade of Homes is well underway! Despite the cold and snow, visitors were still able to head out during the first weekend of the parade and visit many of the great show homes on display.

For the benefit of veteran and rookie attendees alike, the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association once again offers the following tried-and-true tips for a successful parade:

Wear comfortable, slip-on shoes

There are more than 130 stunning new homes available to visit. Although you likely won’t get to all of them, you will find yourself trying to get to as many as possible. Most of the new neighbourhoods have multiple homes being shown, so you will probably park in one location and walk to all of the homes in that area. Upon entering each new home, you must take off your street shoes in order to walk through and tour the home. Given that some subdivisions have more than 10 homes open for viewing and you don’t want to miss a thing, that’s a lot of bending and lacing. Therefore, be sure to bring a comfortable walking shoe that easily slips on and off. It will make your visits that much more enjoyable.

Map a strategy

If you have a particular destination site, make sure you look for additional homes to visit along the way. Many of the locations are in close proximity to each other and it’s easy to get to a number of them in one tour. Bring along your parade magazine or follow the listings on your smartphone.

Visit different neighbourhoods

Finding the right home layout and design is extremely important when deciding to build a new home, but so is finding the neighbourhood that’s right for you. The parade is a great chance to explore our newest communities and developments. Each one has unique features and amenities. Ask the agents about the community’s development plan. Visiting multiple neighbourhoods also lets you see a wider variety of show homes, too.

Don’t forget the one-offs

While the parade features a variety in neighbourhoods that have multiple show homes for viewing, make sure you visit those areas with a single listing or just a few. There are entire neighbourhoods to discover and builders with unique designs. That hidden gem might just be your next new home.

Talk to the agents

This is vitally important in order to get the most out of your parade experience. The sales agents know their show homes. Ask them about anything — unique features, energy savings, specific materials and what makes this particular home special. These individuals offer a wealth of knowledge and will make your visits interesting and informative.

Have Fun

The 2019 Spring Parade of Homes is an enjoyable three weeks where you can see the latest and greatest in new homes. You can go as fast or as slow as you want, taking in the big picture or concentrating on the small details. You can visit each home as often as you want, so you don’t miss a thing. It’s all about what interests you.

Follow the MHBA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and see each of the homes featured in the parade. Watch for #PARADEOFHOMESMB on social media for show home profiles, pictures and great contests!

Enjoy the 2019 Spring Parade of Homes!

Lanny McInnes is president of the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association.

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