Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
Spring Parade offers wealth of new homes
The first week of the Spring Parade of Homes is in the books and it looks like we're in for another great event. The weather has been consistent and, if the first week was any indication, crowds will continue to grow as the Parade progresses.
Each year, we print a primer for Parade attendees; just a couple of tips to maximize your enjoyment. The Manitoba Home Builders' Association offers the following tips for a successful Parade:
-- Wear comfortable slip-on shoes: There are 103 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. Many of the subdivisions have multiple homes being shown and 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.
-- Map a strategy: If you have a particular destination, make sure you look for additional homes along the way. Many subdivisions are close to each other and it's easy to get to a number 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 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 any unique features, energy savings, specific materials and what makes this particular home special. These individuals are a wealth of knowledge and, if 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 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 minute detail.
It's all about what interests you.
Enjoy the 2012 Spring Parade of Homes.
Mike Moore is president of the Manitoba Home Builders' Association.
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 12, 2012 F6
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