Tips for those at­tend­ing Pa­rade of Homes

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

THE Spring Pa­rade of Homes has started with a bang. We have been en­joy­ing some of our best March weather in re­cent mem­ory and, if the first week was any in­di­ca­tion, crowds will con­tinue to grow as the Pa­rade pro­gresses.

Last year, we printed a primer for Pa­rade at­ten­dees; just a cou­ple of tips to max­i­mize your en­joy­ment of the Pa­rade of Homes. For the ben­e­fit of Pa­rade vet­eran and rookie at­ten­dees, the Man­i­toba Home Builders’ Asso- cia­tion of­fers the fol­low­ing tips for a suc­cess­ful Pa­rade:

Wear Comfortable, Slip-on Shoes There are 95 fan­tas­tic 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. More than half of the sub­di­vi­sions have mul­ti­ple homes be­ing shown, so you will prob­a­bly park in one lo­ca­tion and walk to all of the homes in that neigh­bour­hood.

Upon en­ter­ing each new home, you must take off your street shoes in or­der to tour. Given that some sub­di­vi­sions have more than 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 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 sub­di­vi­sions are in close prox­im­ity to each other and it’s easy to get to a num­ber of them in one tour.

Don’t For­get the One-Offs Al­though there is tremendous va­ri­ety in those sub­di­vi­sions that have mul­ti­ple homes, make sure you visit 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, in the event they don’t have the an­swer, they will find out and get back to you in short or­der.

Have Fun The Pa­rade of Homes is an en­joy­able cou­ple of 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 minute de­tail. It’s all about what in­ter­ests you. En­joy the 2010 Spring Pa­rade of Homes.

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