Get the most out of the Fall Pa­rade of Homes

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES - Iy 5ike 5oore

THE 2013 Fall Pa­rade of Homes be­gan with a bang. Crowds for the first week have been ter­rific. The weather has been a pleas­ant mix of warm and cool, so you could take your pick of prime new home vis­it­ing weather. For the ben­e­fit of Pa­rade vet­eran and rookie at­ten­dees, the Man­i­toba Home Builders As­so­ci­a­tion of­fers the fol­low­ing tips for a suc­cess­ful Pa­rade: Wear Com­fort­able Slip-on Shoes There are 131 fan­tas­tic new homes to visit. Al­though you likely won’t get to all of them, you will find your­self try­ing to get to as many as pos­si­ble. Many of the 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 to tour. Given that some sub­di­vi­sions have over ten 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 sub­di­vi­sions 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. Don’t For­get the One-Offs Al­though there is tremen­dous va­ri­ety in those sub­di­vi­sions that have mul­ti­ple homes, make sure you visit those ar­eas with a sin­gle list­ing. 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 in- for­ma­tive. Have Fun The 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 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. En­joy the 2013 Fall Pa­rade of Homes.

Mike Moore is the pres­i­dent of the Man­i­toba Home­builders’ As­so­ci­a­tion

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