By: 2020 Parade of Homes Committee
The annual Parade of Homes is a highly anticipated event in our Northern Colorado community. If you’re looking for a home to purchase, staging and décor inspiration, or just want to spend the day viewing what our local builders have to offer, the parade is always packed with inspiration and enjoyment. Whether this is your first Parade of Homes or you’re an annual attendee, here are some tips and tricks to help you have a successful experience
Essentials Checklist – Before you hit the road be sure to stock the car with water and snacks. Also, check that you have sunglasses, a phone charger and an extra layer of clothes for pop-up Colorado summer storms.
Pick Your Playlist – You’re going to be on the road most of the day, make your drive time enjoyable with a playlist of your favorite tunes!
Bring a Friend – Brighten your day by bringing a friend! Sharing your opinions and inspiration from all the beautiful homes you visit is an even more special experience.
Plan a Route – There are 27 homes and three showrooms in the parade this year. In order to make the most of your day we highly recommend planning a route. Start with your “must see” homes. Don’t worry – if you don’t get to all of your homes in one day you can split your route up into two days or even two weekends as the parade takes place Sept. 11-13 and Sept. 18-20.
Budget Your Time – Since there are many homes to see and only two week- ends to do so, we suggest setting a time limit for every home you visit. A good amount of time is about 20 minutes. Be a Judge – This year’s Parade of Homes invites you to be a judge and cast your vote in the virtual StrucSure Home Warranty People’s Picks categories. Come with your best viewing eyes and make notes of your favorite rooms, finishes, overall homes and more!
Safety First – Assure that you’re ready to safely parade the day away with a mask, gloves, hand sanitizer and social distancing practices in mind. Each home will adhere to local COVID mandates and encourage all of these practices for everyone’s health and safety.
Shoes Off, Shoes On – It’s polite home visiting etiquette to either wear shoe booties or to take your shoes off. To make things easy, wear shoes that are easy to slip off and on all day or ones that you’re OK placing booties over.
Follow the Red Balloon – As you are traveling from house to house, keep an eye out for large balloons in the sky. These help you locate some of the homes. Many new communities don’t register on GPS quite yet, so these big red balloons will help you find your destination.
Stay Connected – Take photos and tag the builders on social media. Share your photos so they can hear about what you liked in their homes and maybe even get featured on their page!
Win Big - FNBO is giving away $2,500 to one lucky attendee! Visit all 30 Parade entries for multiple chances to win! MORE PARADE FUN
Hungry? Stop by Specialty Appliances for live cooking demos and snacks!
Tharp Cabinets will be providing snacks, drinks, goodie bags and door prizes.
Visit Bath & Kitchen Design and enter to win several giveaways including new plumbing items and luxury products.
Landmark Homes will be raffling off rounds of golf and giving out coupons for Pizza Vino.
Visit the Windmill Homes beer tent on Friday, Sept. 11 and Sno-Cone truck on Friday, Sept. 18.
Lennar will be giving away a $100 gift card drawing drawing at Shadow Grass and Mosaic locations: 1518 Otis Dr. – Longmont & 458 Zeppelin Way – Fort Collins
American Legend Homes will have pre-packaged snacks and beverages at their locations: 534 South 5th St. – Berthoud; 4456 Martinson Dr. – Loveland & 2132 Glean Court – Windsor