Tran­si­tion pe­riod per­fect time for viewing show homes

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES - By Mike Moore

THE end of March presents the per­fect tran­si­tion pe­riod for home­own­ers, home buy­ers and ev­ery­one else who has an­ty­thing to do with homes. The Spring Pa­rade of Homes con­cludes on Sun­day, March 25, and the Home Ex­pres­sions Home and Gar­den Show runs from March 30 through April 1.

This year’s Spring Pa­rade has been blessed with fan­tas­tic weather, al­low­ing tremen­dous crowds to visit all 103 show homes. Although the for­mal por­tion of the Pa­rade of Homes ends to­mor­row at 6 p.m., most of the show homes that have been part of the event will re­main open for viewing well af­ter the Pa­rade of Homes ends.

This year’s en­trants were an amaz­ing col­lec­tion of de­sign, style, qual­ity, crafts­man­ship and choice.

The fall and spring Pa­rades of Homes are two show­case events hosted by the Man­i­toba Home Builders’ As­so­ci­a­tion to demon­strate the best that the new home build­ing in­dus­try has to of­fer. Whether one is in the mar­ket for a new home, con­sid­er­ing a change or just look­ing for ideas for their cur­rent home, nowhere else is there such a col­lec­tion of con­cepts.

What many peo­ple fail to re­al­ize is that these show homes are open year round for viewing. The hours may be slightly dif­fer­ent than dur­ing the Pa­rade, but sales rep­re­sen­ta­tives are still avail­able to help you with your search for the per­fect home. So, if you need to take an­other look at a cou­ple of homes be­fore mak­ing your decision, they are open and ready to wel­come you.

If you re­call vis­it­ing a neigh­bour­hood or se­ries of homes that es­pe­cially in­ter­ested you, but you have lost your Pa­rade mag­a­zine, don’t worry. Just go to the MHBA web­site at www.home­builders.mb.ca or the Free Press web­site at www.win­nipegfreep­ress.com. You can also read the fas­ci­nat­ing Pa­rade blogs which pro­vide fur­ther in­sights.

If you at­tended the Pa­rade of Homes in or­der to get some ideas to spruce up your cur­rent home, more help is on the way. The Home Ex­pres­sions Home and Gar­den Show takes place next week­end (Fri­day through Sun­day) at the Win­nipeg Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

Ev­ery­thing that you want or need for your home is on dis­play. Hun­dreds of out­stand­ing sup­pli­ers will save you hours of driv­ing in that they are all un­der one roof. This year’s spe­cial guests are Steven and Chris from CBC.

Visit www.home­ex­pres­sions.ca for more de­tails. Mike Moore is pres­i­dent of the Man­i­toba

Home Builders’ As­so­ci­a­tion.

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