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Show homes offer opportunity to view newest trends

Todd Lewys / Winnipeg Free Press

Show homes constructed by Manitoba Home Builders’ Association members are available for viewing all year round.

The Manitoba Home Builders’ Association’s Parade of Homes continues to be our industry’s largest showcase, highlighting the incredible show homes of the MHBA’s home-building members and allowing new home buyers a unique chance to see the latest in new home options and the newest trends in home style and design. While the MHBA’s Parade of Homes receives a lot attention while they are in full swing, it’s important to remember that the show homes featured in the Parade are open year round.

Our builder members have put measures in place to make the visiting experience at their show homes as safe as possible for their guests and their staff. These measures are in place to ensure that anyone visiting our builders’ show homes are doing so as safely as possible. Masks or face coverings are required to be worn by anyone visiting a show home. All visitors will be required to answer pre-screening questions and to sanitize their hands upon entering a home. Show homes are frequently sanitized and access to show homes is limited to ensure proper distancing takes place while you are visiting the show homes. Please remember that if you aren’t feeling well, please wait until you are feeling better before visiting a show home.

Visitors should also be aware that each show home’s capacity for visitors will be limited and, in many cases, visits are available by appointment only. While this may mean it may take a bit longer to visit your favourite show homes, these steps are being implemented to help ensure that your visit is a safe as possible. The best way to plan your show home visit is to contact the builder and book a viewing by appointment to give yourself plenty of time to ask the show home agent questions about the home and neighborhood.

The spring and summer months provide a great opportunity for new home buyers to visit show homes in between the Spring and Fall Parades. Visiting during the summer months will allow you to see many of the home features, like the air conditioning, in full operation. It will also give you a sense of the landscaping features and options that may be available to you.

So where can you find out information on show home locations and hours? You can visit the MHBA website at www.homebuilders.mb.ca and click on the "Parade of Homes" tab. There you can find all of the Parade of Home show homes with contact information to set up a private viewing. As well, you can find a digital version of the most recent Parade magazine. Pick out your parade favourites and contact the builder to find out about each show home’s operations or to set up a private appointment.

Show homes featured in the MHBA Parade of Homes continue to be open for business year round for your viewing and visiting pleasure. The spring and summer months are a great time to visit these show homes to see what’s new in home design. Our members look forward to you contacting them to schedule your visit.

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

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