The 2020 Spring Parade of Homes is well underway. Despite winter weather stubbornly sticking around, visitors were still able to head out during the first week and visit many of the great show homes on display. For the benefit of veteran and rookie attendees, the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association offers the following tried and true tips for a successful Parade:
Wear comfortable slip-on shoes: There are more than 120 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 over 10 homes open for viewing, that’s a lot of bending and lacing. Therefore, be sure to wear a comfortable walking shoe that easily slips on and off. It will make your visit that much more enjoyable.
Map a strategy: If you have a particular destination site, make sure you look for additional homes along the way to visit. Many of the locations are close to each other and it’s easy to get to a number of them in one tour. Take along your Parade Magazine or follow the listings on your smart phone by visiting homebuilders.mb.ca.
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. 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 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 or just a few listings. There are entire neighbourhoods to discover and builders with unique designs. That hidden gem might just be your new home.
Talk to the agents: This is vitally important in order to get the most out of your experience. The sales agents know their show homes. Ask them about anything including unique features, energy savings, specific materials and what makes this particular home special. These individuals are a wealth of knowledge and will make your visit interesting and informative.
Have fun: The Parade of Homes is an enjoyable three weeks where you can see the latest and greatest in new homes with no admission fees. You can go as fast or slow as you want, taking in the big picture or concentrating on a detail. You can visit each home as often as you want, so as not to miss a thing. It’s all about what interests you. Follow the MHBA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and see each of the featured homes. Watch for #paradeofhomesmb on social media for show home profiles, pictures and great contests.
Lanny McInnes is president of the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association.