Living our busy lives while trying to gather the information needed to make an informed decision on a new home sometimes feels like a balancing act.

Can I watch my daughter play hockey tonight or do I need to get to the showhome before it closes?

This certainly isn’t a step in the house hunting process that anyone would want to skip.

Shane Homes has a solution that creates some much-needed wiggle room in your schedule. Using a feature called Self Tour, customers can visit one of Shane’s showhomes at a time that is convenient for them.

If before breakfast at 6 a.m. Tuesday morning is the most convenient time to pop by, there’s nothing stopping you. Unless, of course, someone else has already booked that slot.

The builder launched this program at its front garage showhome in the master-planned Airdrie community of Midtown. This is its 2,299-square-foot Manhattan III, which is located at 3 Midgrove Drive S.W.

Shane Homes will be offering its Self Tour for showhomes in other Calgary and area communities in the coming months.

“Customers can sign up and book a timeslot to access the showhome online,” says Melanie Gowans, general manager, sales, marketing and interior design at Shane Homes Group of Companies.

“After they verify their identity, they receive a code to unlock the front door and have up to one hour to view the property,” she adds. “Our sales team will follow up with them once the tour is complete to answer any questions they may have.”

The online process happens at https://shane.utourhomes.com/

“Time is a valuable thing and not everyone’s schedules align with our current showhome hours,” says Gowans. “This option makes it more convenient for buyers to visit our showhomes and get a feel for our floorplans and quality construction.”

This process may also appeal to people who simply appreciate privacy when visualizing themselves in the home and discussing what item or piece of furniture will go where with their partner. With Self Tour, you can stretch out your tape measure to make sure the couch fits, and act out sipping coffee at the island in the morning, without anyone else around.

Build & Price floorplans and virtual tours of Shane’s showhomes are also found on shanehomes.com.