It took a while, a very long while, but it appears that spring is finally here. And, who knows? Summer may be just around the corner.
We've all been trapped indoors for what seems like forever. The snow was piled over your head, it was cold and you didn't feel like going outside, no matter what the attraction. You may have missed the Spring Parade of Homes because you just couldn't motivate yourself.
Fear not, it isn't too late to visit those fantastic new homes and find the perfect place. Now that things have warmed up a bit, you can take full advantage of the opportunity to see new homes with their new ideas.
Almost all of the 124 show homes that were on display during the Spring Parade of Homes are still available for viewing. The only difference is that you don't have to put on boots, a down-filled jacket and a hat.
A leisurely weekend afternoon or one day after work is perfect for touring various new neighbourhoods to see what the finest builders in Canada have to offer. In fact, without the crowds, you have more time to talk to sales agents and learn more about the various amenities of the homes.
Another nice aspect of touring new homes now is that, with the snow gone, you can envision the full landscaping of the yard with potential flowers and plants that you prefer being placed in strategic locations.
You can purchase this style of home on another lot within the neighbourhood or somewhere else, completely done to your tastes. You may love the d©cor of the show home or want something entirely different. The choice is yours.
Of course, you might just be touring show homes to get the best ideas and concepts in products or design for a renovation project on your existing home. That's fine too, as the sales agent can tell you about the appliances, flooring, cabinets, countertops and various fixtures.
After collecting all of this information, you just may decide that you want it all.
So, now that we can actually venture outside comfortably, take full advantage of the opportunity to visit the new show homes in our most dynamic new neighbourhoods. You might just find your new home.
Mike Moore is president of the Manitoba Home Builders' Association.