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Tips to help you enjoy the Fall Parade of Homes

The 2022 Fall Parade of Homes is well underway! Over the past week, people have been visiting the many Parade show homes on display in communities across Manitoba. Despite the ongoing challenges and delays our builders and developers have faced this year, our members have worked incredibly hard to be as ready as possible to welcome you to their show homes and neighborhoods during this year’s Fall Parade!

Every Parade, the Manitoba Home Builders Association likes to provide some tried and true tips for Parade veterans and rookie attendees alike on the how to make the most of your time visiting our great Parade show homes:

Wear comfortable slip-on shoes

There are over 100 stunning new homes available to visit in this Fall’s Parade. Most of the new neighbourhoods have multiple homes being shown and 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 towalk through and tour the home. Given that some subdivisions have over 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 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 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 smart phone.

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 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 or just a few listings. There are entire new neighbourhoods to discover and builders with unique designs. That hidden gem might just be your next new home.

Talk to the agents

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 are a wealth of knowledge and will make your visit interesting and informative.

Communities under construction

As you’ll see when you visit the Parade show homes, there is a lot of construction activity still taking place. Builders and developers have been challenged by servicing delays, product shortages, and labour shortages. This means new home construction is taking longer than in previous years and construction season is still in full swing. Please be patient and cautious should there be construction activity taking place nearby during your visit. We apologize for this inconvenience and thank you in advance for your understanding.

Have fun!

The Parade of Homes is unique chance to see the latest and greatest in new homes. 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 homes featured in the Parade. Watch for #PARADEOFHOMESMB on social media for show home profiles, pictures, and great contests!

Enjoy the 2022 Fall Parade of Homes!

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

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