Summer is an ideal time to visit show homes
Many people suffer from the misconception that new show homes are only open twice a year, during the Spring and Fall Parades of Homes. Although those two events certainly receive the greatest publicity and feature more than 120 new homes at one time, the various new home builders of the Manitoba Home Builders Association proudly feature and staff their show homes throughout the year.
We are at the midway point between the 2014 Spring Parade of Homes which ran in March and the 2014 Fall Parade of Homes which will be featured from September 13 – October 5. For those of you who require a new home fix between Parades, now is an ideal time.
On most days, parking opportunities near the various show homes will be excellent. So, how do you know what is open and where to look?
The Parade of Homes magazine produced by the Winnipeg Free Press is a staple for all Parade goers. Most people keep their magazine handy and check off the homes and neighbourhoods they visit. Assuming you have not kept your magazine from last March, not to worry. You can still access the Spring Parade magazine on the Manitoba Home Builders Association web site at www.homebuilders.mb.ca. Although not all of the homes featured in the spring are still show homes, it will bring you back to the builders and neighbourhoods that you frequented back in March. From there, you have a variety of options.
You can download the map on page 51 and visit the neighbourhoods that interest you, stopping in at the various show homes on display. On pages 52 – 84, all of the Spring Parade show homes are listed. Simply make note of those builders whose homes you are interested in, go to the MHBA web site and connect to the link that will take you directly to that builder’s site. Even simpler, turn a couple of pages in today’s paper and you will see a number of ads for show homes listed by MHBA builders.
No matter how you access them, the important thing to know is that the various show homes are open for business and your viewing and visiting pleasure. Take your time, visit the styles and locations that catch your fancy, talk to the sales representative and enjoy the introduction to your next new home. Mike Moore is the president of the Manitoba Home