Tips to enjoy the Spring Parade of Homes

By Lanny McInnes
Date Posted: March 4, 2023

Over the past week, hundreds of people have been visiting the spectacular show homes on display in the 2023 Spring Parade of Homes.

Every Parade, the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association likes to provide some tried and true tips for Parade veterans and rookie attendees alike on the how to make the most of your time visiting our great show homes:

Wear comfortable slip-on shoes

There are more than 120 stunning new homes available to visit in this Spring’s Parade. Although you likely won’t get to all of them, you will want to try to get to as many as possible. Most of the new neighbourhoods have multiple homes being shown and so you will probably park in one location and walk to many of the homes in that area. Upon entering each new home, you must take off your street shoes in order to walk through and tour the home. Given that some subdivisions have multiple homes open for viewing and you don’t want to miss a thing, that’s a lot of bending and lacing. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes that easily slip on and off. It will make your visit 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 locations 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.

Visit different neighbourhoods

Finding the right home layout and design is extremely important when deciding to build a new home, but so is finding the neighbourhood that’s right for you. Our Parade of Homes is a great chance to explore our newest communities and developments. Each one has unique features and amenities. Ask the agents about the community’s development plan. Visiting multiple neighbourhoods also lets you see a wider variety of show homes too.

Don’t forget the one-offs

While the Parade features a variety of neighbourhoods that have multiple show homes for viewing, make sure you visit those areas with a few listings or even a single standalone listing. 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 informative.

Have fun

The MHBA’s Parade of Homes is an enjoyable three weeks where you can see the latest in new home construction and design. You can go as fast or slow as you want, taking in the big picture or concentrating on the details. You can visit each home as often as you want and you can always book a private visit outside of Parade hours to take a closer look at your favourite show home. It’s all about what interests you.

Follow the MHBA on Instagram and Facebook to see each of the homes featured in this year’s Spring Parade. Watch for #PARADEOFHOMESMB on social media for show home profiles, pictures, and great contests!

Lanny McInnes is the President & CEO of the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association.