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Parade of Homes, simplified

Posted by Kensington Homes Team on March 1, 2019

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Get the lowdown on what this showhome exhibition is all about, and what advantages it brings to new home buyers


The Manitoba Home Builders’ Association has a proud history of running the largest Parade of Homes exhibition of its kind in Canada.


If you’re not yet familiar with the new home industry, you may not know what this showhome event is all about, and what opportunities it brings to someone beginning or continuing their new home search.


Here are just some of the benefits of this province-wide gathering of new home builders, running March 2 to 24, 2019.


  1. Explore, uninterrupted


If you’re looking for lowkey exposure to some builders’ best work, the Parade of Homes is a great time for you to explore.

The Parade of Homes unites all builders’ showhomes onto the same schedule – open six days a week – so you can hop from builder to builder’s showhomes in your favourite new neighbourhoods to compare and contrast their finest homes. The showhome event tends to draw crowds, so you can browse with little interruption if you’d prefer to fly under the radar in your early stages of househunting.

While Kensington’s showhomes are typically open similar hours all year long, this isn’t the case for every builder, so Parade of Homes is your best chance to maximize your showhome visits.


  1. See the best builders have to offer


As the largest exhibition of showhomes in Canada, the Parade of Homes in Manitoba sees heavy participation. This spring’s Parade of Homes features 131 homes, including 8 showhomes from Kensington.

Typically, the Parade of Homes includes some form of judging, so local builders proudly compete for best-in-show.

As one of the biggest opportunities for exposure throughout the year, it’s also a chance for homebuilders to stand out. This is often the time to see builders’ best-selling floorplans and some new home features they’re experimenting with (and testing for feedback).


  1. Get inspired by home design


Showhome designs are usually meant to help you envision yourself living in the home. With just the right number of accessories and an aesthetic that appeals to the masses, these homes present an elevated style while giving an aspirational, lived-in feel.

That said, designers often take some risks and push design forward in their latest Parade of Homes conceptions. Explore various showhomes to find just the right new home aesthetic to inspire your build.

Most of the time, the finishes in a home won’t be exclusive to a builder, so find the floorplan, builder and style that speaks to you, and when you’re ready, bring that inspiration to the table when you’re ready to make an offer.


  1. Ask questions, compare builders


Even though it’s possible to blend in with the crowd during the Parade of Homes, it’s also a great opportunity to ask sales agents questions and compare builders.

What do builders do to keep you in-the-know during your build? How do their warranties compare?

Sometimes showhomes have additional staff to handle the crowds during Parade hours, and they’re expecting to be compared against other builders. Bring your questions and make sure to get to know the differences between builders and their processes.


  1. Take advantage of promotions


During the Parade of Homes, builders sometimes offer special incentives to coincide with this opportunity to tour their showhomes.

This spring, Kensington is offering to cover your land transfer tax if you purchase a home during the run of the Parade (from March 2 to 24, 2019), and has a special Spin the Wheel savings event happening at its Bridgwater showhomes.

Ask our sales representatives for more details at any of our participating showhomes.


  1. Plan your next trip


After visiting all the showhomes on your list during the Parade (see showhome listings or refer to your Parade of Homes magazine), plan to follow up with a visit to your favourites. Kensington’s showhomes remain open year-round for walk-in traffic six days a week (excluding holiday closures).

If you didn’t make it to a neighbourhood you wanted to visit during the Parade, don’t worry! There are still plenty of open hours outside of the Parade.

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