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Timeless Designs For Your Kid’s Rooms In Your New Parry Home

Categories: Homeowner Tips | Posted: December 7, 2018 | Comments Off on Timeless Designs For Your Kid’s Rooms In Your New Parry Home

Teenage Boys SeriesIf your child is out of the infant or toddler stage, it is time to update their bedroom in your  new Pittsburg home.  Kids have interests and preferences and they should be considered in the theme of their own room.  Since children are continually changing, their bedroom needs to be versatile enough to change with them without having to continually start over from scratch with their décor. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares tips on how to upgrade your child’s room to fit their own personality!

While primary colors are very common in kids rooms, they are far from the only choices to consider.  Neutrals such as taupe, gray and tan are a great starting point to design the room around.  These neutral colors give a room timeless appeal and can function for boys or girls rooms.  Neutral colors can be the backdrop to colorful accessories like bedspread, curtains or throw pillows. As an added bonus, they are also less expensive and easier to replace than expensive wallpaper or fuchsia colored walls.

One thing that needs to be thought of for your child’s bedroom, is the overall organization structure of the room.  It is important to plan a place for everything.  Installing a system for organizing and telling your child where to put things may have often failed you in the past.   Kids need help developing organizational skills, so it is important to keep it easy and then show them where their things belong.  There are many choices available for storing items for clothing toys and games.  Bins, baskets and organizers are readily available and you can take pictures of the items that belong in each bin and place it on the outside so your child know where to return their things.

Furniture for your kid’s room is one area that you will want to splurge on if your budget allows.  A good bed and desk that can accommodate homework or school project are invaluable.   This investment can follow your child through to their teenage years.

Help your child to create a room that displays their unique personality and the things that they love, making it a room they will love to spend time in.

Whether you tackle the room decorating yourself or hire a professional, the room planning process in your new Parry home is a great activity for parents and kids to do together.



Parry Custom Homes is an established homebuilder in the Pittsburgh area.  Call or contact us today for more information about this floor plan option, or to view other homes in our portfolio that may suit your new home needs.

A Guideline For the First 24 Hours You Move Into Your New Home

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: November 30, 2018 | Comments Off on A Guideline For the First 24 Hours You Move Into Your New Home


New Home in Pittsburgh

New Home in Pittsburgh

So you have purchased your new home in Pittsburgh from Parry Custom Homes and are all set to move in- congrats! We all know that moving can bring a lot of stress and chaos as you move from one place to another. Since all homebuyers deal with the same issues in moving, Parry Custom Homes has developed an easy “top seven” list of things to do in the first 24 hours of moving into your new Parry home. Follow these simple rules and you’ll be ready to take on your move.

  1. Document your belongings. This may sound boring, but for your homeowners insurance and your peace of mind, now is a good time to record your valuables that are in the house for worst-case scenario purposes.
  2. Do a quick cleaning. Even though you might be moving into a brand new home, dust or construction debris might still be looming among certain areas of the home. Before you move your furniture in, do a clean sweep of your home and get out the vacuum to clean up any extra dust that may be sitting in the house.
  3. Pull together all of your furniture and put it where it is supposed to go. The best place to start is with the furniture that needs to be assembled. Then, put it in a rough location of where you plan for it to be located. The actual positioning and decorating can wait, but this way everything can have a place in your home.
  4. Put all of the boxes in the right rooms. You don’t have to unpack the boxes, just make sure they go into the room they belong in so in the following days (or weeks) you can unpack everything room by room.
  5. Take out and arrange your daily necessity items you will need right away. Things like your toothbrush, towels, coffee maker, and so on. This will save you from digging in boxes late at night, yet again.
  6. One of the most important things to do in the first 24 hours is to put together and make your bed! This way, at the end of the day when you’re spent from moving, you can just fall into bed and not have to worry about putting it together.
  7. Lastly, if and when you come across your new neighbors, introduce yourself! It’s always good to establish friendly terms early on.


These seven tips will help make the first 24 hours in your new home a much more peaceful and less chaotic transition! After all, you have a beautiful new home to enjoy!


Parry Custom Homes is an established homebuilder in the Pittsburgh area.  Call or contact us today for more information about this floor plan option, or to view other homes in our portfolio that may suit your new home needs.

New Vs. Used Homes: What will it really cost?

Categories: Homeowner News, Homeowner Tips, New Homes in Pittsburgh | Posted: November 20, 2018 | Comments Off on New Vs. Used Homes: What will it really cost?


New Home Advantages

New Home Advantages

If you are a buyer in today’s market looking for new homes in Pittsburgh, very likely you may be facing the choice of buying a new home versus purchasing a resale home. Especially with how hot the housing market has been the past few years, more and more buyers are coming against the age-old “new versus used” dilemma. While a move-in ready resale home at a lesser price may sound appealing, if both options are on the table it may be a better and healthier option for your family to strongly consider a brand new home. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares reasons why new homes can be the best route to go for your family and your health.

When it comes to resale versus new homes, what exactly makes a new home healthier for your family?

A new home is dry which reduces the risks and worries of hidden mold for your family. Mold is a common culprit when buying an older home and with a new home, you’re able to remove that risk for your family.

A new home is also a pest-free home, which means you can lessen your exposure to pests and not have to worry about calling pest control the first week living in your home. New homes also provide safety when it comes to fall and burn opportunities, which can create more peace of mind when moving in.

Two other big pluses with a new home are the fact they are contaminant fee and new homes reduce the levels of lead and other harmful chemicals that are in the home. It also will be well ventilated, pushing contaminants away from living areas.

Choosing a new home will also more likely than not, give you the benefits of more energy savings components like thermal control. The major push and advancement in the preservation of energy in building means your new home is less likely to have extreme temperature swings.

Lastly, when choosing a new home you wont have to worry about how the previous owner maintained the home. Resale homes can look nice from the exterior, but sometimes it is what is hidden behind the walls that can come up later to haunt you (and your wallet.)



Parry Custom Homes is an established homebuilder in the Pittsburgh area.  Call or contact us today for more information about this floor plan option, or to view other homes in our portfolio that may suit your new home needs.


Fall maintenance tips you can do this weekend

Categories: Homeowner Tips, On your lot builder Pittsburg, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: November 16, 2018 | Comments Off on Fall maintenance tips you can do this weekend


Fall Home Decoration Tips

Fall Home Maintenance Tips

Each season that comes around also seems to come with a list of home maintenance tips that you should do for the upcoming season, to keep your house in good condition. Now that fall is on officially in full swing and Thanksgiving is less thank a week away, it is time to pay attention to the fall maintenance items that should be on your to do list this fall season. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares  fall maintenance tips that are easy to do and will keep your home in top shape for many seasons to come when executed each season!

A good first fall maintenance tip is to schedule a furnace maintenance call. Once the cold season strikes, your local HVAC service is going to be busy making house calls. Prevent being on a waiting list by getting a head start early and having someone come out and make sure your furnace is running properly. Typically, you can also get better deals in the late summer when you catch any issue opposed to the prime season in the colder months. The last thing you want to run into when hosting friends or family this holiday season is a cold house because your systems aren’t running properly!

The second tip starts on the interior of your home. Before you turn on the heat for the first time when cooler weather rolls in, be sure to check all of your safety devices to ensure the work properly. Replace the batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors and your smoke detectors to make sure they are running properly.

It is also to replace the batteries to these devices at the same time. Another easy tip that many people don’t think about is to make sure your fire extinguisher is not expired.

On the outside of your home, take a look around your home and check for any cracks in your homes foundation and seal them if necessary. Also close up any cracks in your foundation near windows or doors, because those can also let in critters like mice once the cold kicks in.

Do a check of your roof as well and make sure there aren’t any problems before the cold of winter rolls in. Any loose shingles should be replaced and you should also do a check of your gutters while you are on the roof to make sure they are clean and not filled with leaves or debris.

Lastly, before the cold weather hits this fall do yourself a favor and replace your door and window screens with storm windows. As an added benefit, add weather stripping to doors and windows to help keep cool air from seeping inside.

These simple fall maintenance tips will ensure you stay warm in your home when cold weather strikes.




Parry Custom Homes is an established homebuilder in the Pittsburgh area.  Call or contact us today for more information.

Considering moving to a community with an HOA?

Categories: Custom Home in Pittsburgh, Homeowner Tips, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: November 9, 2018 | Comments Off on Considering moving to a community with an HOA?


The low down on HOA's

The low down on HOA’s

Are you a first time homeowner searching for a Pittsburgh on your lot builder, or you are looking for a new home but haven’t lived in a place where there was a Homeowners Association? You many not be sure what all a homeowners association does or why they can be helpful to have. If you are looking at homes with an HOA or are considering if that is something you would like to have for your new home, Parry Custom Homes gives an overview on what an HOA is and what to expect in your new neighborhood.

When searching for a new home, you may notice that many homes include an HOA fee in the monthly or yearly dues, depending on the development. Whether it be a monthly fee or a yearly fee, not everyone knows what a Homeowners Association does or why it is important to them.

HOA’s were created to help ensure that the community you buy your home in looks its best and functions as smooth as possible. For example, if you have a community swimming pool and the pump in the pool stops working, you need someone to be able to fix that issue ASAP. This is what the HOA is in place for. They will call someone to come take care of it before the water turns green or becomes toxic.

Today, nearly 1 in 4 Americans live in a community where an HOA is in place. Back in 1970, only 1 percent of people lived in an HOA community.

To cover the fees of running the neighborhood and keeping the amenities, services and conditions in order, your HOA will collect either a monthly or yearly fee that goes towards these expenses.  For a typical single family home, HOA fees can cost homeowners around $200 to $500 per month, depending on the services they are providing to you. Some communities may be much less or much more if lawn care or other “extras” are or are not included in your HOA agreement.

If you are planning on buying a home within an HOA run community, be sure to read over their rules before signing your life away to the home. Some HOA’s are stricter that others and ban any additions that you may have considered adding to your home. These can be things such as pools, fences, storage sheds, and even the paint colors used on your home.

Typically, the larger the home is the more the HOA fee will cost. This is because the larger the home and the more people in the home, the higher the cost will be to keep the amenities up.

All HOA’s have boards that are made up of homeowners in the neighborhood and are typically elected by all of the homeowners in the community. The board members gather to discuss major decisions and issues within the community. For any major expenditures, the members of the HOA typically will vote.

An HOA can be a great benefit for your new home when you understand the rules and requirements needed for your community, to keep it looking nice and running smooth for the long run.



Parry Custom Homes is an established homebuilder in the Pittsburgh area.  Call or contact us today for more information.

Need To Sell Your Home This Winter?

Categories: Homeowner News, New Homes in Pittsburgh | Posted: November 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Need To Sell Your Home This Winter?


If you’re currently in the market for a new home in Pittsburgh, or know that is on the horizon for you as winter approaches, you may thing you need to hold off until spring before putting your home on the market. Many homeowners hesitate to list their current home for sale during the winter months. The winter months typically are looked down upon for listing homes and some realtors may even recommend you wait until spring. However, Parry Custom Homes showcases why a recent study by Redfin proves that selling your home in the winter months might actually be a good thing.

While spring may be the home-shopping season for most, listing your home for sale in the winter can give you the upper hand in a lot of cases. When buyers are shopping for homes in the winter, they tend to have more of a sense of urgency. Redfin, an online brokerage, found that the average seller nets more than asking price during the months of December through March, than they do from June through November. Homes listed in winter also sold faster than homes listed in the spring, surprisingly enough.

These findings may have many people in a rush to put their home up for sale before Spring, but timing for home sales is always based on supply and demand. The best way to check your area to see when might be the best time for you to sell your home. If you aren’t on a time crunch, it is important to understand your local climate.

Check the number of days on the market for your city and the recently sold listings. If most homes re sitting for more than 60 days, it will be safer to hold off until spring when more buyers enter the market. However, if properties are selling quickly then you can take that as a green light to list your home.

A few tips to help your home sell fast are:

  • Price Your Home Right. If homes are going on the market as quick as they are going off, then you have the flexibility to test the market and price it higher. However, if it is the dead of winter and the market is not as bust, it’s best to price it reasonable to draw in buyers.
  • Schedule a tune-up. Be sure the main issues buyers look at like heating and maintenance are up to speed, as well as clean gutters, air filters, and clean windows are in place. A well kept home is a home that will sell much faster.
  • Brighten your home. Often times, the winter months are gray and gloomy. Be sure to make your home warm and inviting from the minute the buyer drives up. Warm up your curb appeal with clean landscaping and cool-weather plants, and make sure chipped paint and cracked window seals are taken care of. A welcoming house will sell, even in the winter months.

These simple tips could have you in your new home come spring, opposed to just getting around to setting your home then.


Parry Custom Homes is an established homebuilder in the Pittsburgh area.  Call or contact us today for more information.

Community Spotlight: Bianca Rose

Categories: On your lot builder Pittsburg, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: October 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Community Spotlight: Bianca Rose


Are you in the process this Fall of looking for a Pittsburgh on your lot builder to build your new home? If so, Parry Custom Homes can make your new home dreams a reality! Not only can we bring your dream home to life, but we also built in some of the most sought after locations around Pittsburgh!

If you are looking in the location of Murrysville, Parry Custom Homes is proud to be a featured builder in the beautiful Bianca Rose community.

Located just off of Route 22, Bianca Rose is highly sought after due to the great location and the fact that it is located in the desired Franklin County Regional School District.

What residents of Bianca Rose love most about this community, is the fact that they are close to the best shopping, restaurants, schools and major roadways, which still residing in a tucked away location, that is very private.

If you need to commute for work, you will appreciate the fact that this new home community is close to Route 22, Route 66, the Turnpike, the Parkway and Route 30. An ideal location when you want to get where you need to go, quickly!

Bianca Rose has been well known as the perfect location for homeowners who commute to Greensburg, Monroeville or Pittsburg on a daily basis.

Bianca Rose is a high-class neighborhood that could very well be the place you have been looking at to call home. Contact Parry Custom Homes today to learn more about this beautiful community, and how we can make your dream home come to life in the perfect location for you.

Imagine being able to take your kids trick-or-treating next Halloween in the amazing community of Bianca Rose! You will have the perfect home and location for your family to enjoy many holidays and memories for years to come.




Parry Custom Homes is an established homebuilder in the Pittsburgh area.  Call or contact us today for more information about this floor plan option, or to view other homes in our portfolio that may suit your new home needs.

Design A Home Office In Your Parry Home

Categories: New Homes in Pittsburgh | Posted: October 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Design A Home Office In Your Parry Home

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Whether you work from home daily or just tend to find yourself working from your home during the week, home workplaces are getting more popular. However, if you don’t have a formal office setup it may feel frustrating when trying to work from home. A workstation in your new Parry home should be created with several of things in mind. Some of the basic things to consider include the amount of space needed, the level of storage required and the essential tasks that will be undertaken within the limited space. There are unique ways to set up a home workplace with selected furniture and Parry Custom Homes shares some of the best ways to design a workplace in your new home in Pittsburgh. These are simple and easy tips that will help you design a home office to fit your specific taste and needs!

Workstation and cabinets: There are readymade and ready to fix units available for designing the home office in your Parry Custom Home. There are simple desks that can accommodate a computer, a few books and some stationery, while large workstations can take up a whole wall and have plenty of space for storage. From an L-shaped table to a U-shaped table, you can add open and covered shelves and cabinets to a complete workstation.

Corner work space: To make the most of an unused corner in a room of your Parry home, an L-shaped desktop could be put in to fit the corner of the room. This kind of table for your home office works best where there is not much need to store many things.

Corner tables with wall shelves: For the work stations in your new home you may need more storage than work surface. Shelves and cabinets in varied styles, sizes and storage options are available to handle all types of storage needs.

Workstations under the stairs: There are many homes with wasted space under the staircase. If this is the case in your home, there are creative ways to turn this unused area into the perfect work space. Depending on the space available in your Parry home, a desk, chair and file cabinet could be worked in.

Choosing the best material for the workstation in the office of your new Parry Custom Home is important. They can range anywhere from wood, wrought iron, plywood, aluminum and more. Find the material that will work the best for you and your family.



Parry Custom Homes is an established homebuilder in the Pittsburgh area.  Call or contact us today for more information.

Tips For Hosting a Housewarming Party

Categories: Homeowner News, Homeowner Tips, New Homes in Pittsburgh | Posted: October 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Tips For Hosting a Housewarming Party


Tips on throwing a housewarming party

Tips on throwing a housewarming party

If you are currently looking for new homes in Pittsburgh or have recently moved into a new Parry Custom Home, you are probably very excited to show it off to your family and friends! Especially with the holidays right around the corner, you might even be hosting the holidays at your home this year. Throwing a housewarming party is always a great way to show off your new home and get together with friends and family at the same time. Here are some great tips on how to celebrate your new home with a stress-free housewarming party.

First, keep it simple! When you first move in your home, your guests are not going to expect it to be fully furnished and immaculate upon their first visit. As long as it is set up to have a great time, they will be thrilled and you will be too.

If you haven’t unpacked your entire house, you can still throw a housewarming party. Just be sure your kitchen, living area and bathrooms are unpacked and fully stocked. This will give you and your guests space to celebrate comfortably, as you still settle into your new home.

Next, be sure to provide directions to your new home. A lot of new homes are in new communities and aren’t registered correctly in the GPS. Be sure to give them detailed turn-by-turn instructions so they can avoid getting lost, and you can avoid all of the “where am I?” phone calls.

If weather is nice, it is a great idea to take advantage of your outdoor space and take the party outside as well! Setup your backyard patio with chairs, tables, a string of lights and food as you enjoy the nice nights before cold weather officially rolls in.

When it comes to your menu, be sure to make it easy. Keep it simple while still keeping your sanity, by serving finger foods or family-style dishes. You can even just pick up frozen appetizers from the grocery store- no one will know the difference!

Next, make your guests feel at home by turning on lamps, lighting cozy candles and playing some music in the background. You can also setup an area for drinks so guests can easily help themselves. This is a party after all! Everyone, including yourself, should enjoy themselves.

Once your guests arrive at your house, take them all on a tour. Even if your home isn’t prepared in each room, your guests wont care and will be excited to see your new home. This is also a great way to get decorating and home improvement tips at the same time!

Lastly, be sure to invite new neighbors to your housewarming party. Not only will you get to know your new neighbors but also you will give a good first impression by this friendly gesture.


Parry Custom Homes is an established homebuilder in the Pittsburgh area.  Call or contact us today for more information about this floor plan option, or to view other homes in our portfolio that may suit your new home needs.

Components of a mortgage payment

Categories: Buying a Home, Pittsburgh custom homebuilders, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: October 5, 2018 | Comments Off on Components of a mortgage payment


What's in a mortgage?

What’s in a mortgage?

If you are currently shopping for a Pittsburgh custom builder this Fall or are considering a new home in the New Year, you may not be aware of all that makes up your mortgage payment. Many new homebuyers aren’t familiar with the process of getting a mortgage, let alone what goes into the mortgage payment itself. Parry Custom Homes shares an insight on what you can expect your home mortgage to be made up of, so you can be educated in knowing what to expect for your new home.

The importance of understanding the dynamics of what goes into a mortgage payment can help you acquire bigger loans with fewer drawbacks. There are four components that make up your mortgage payment that you will want to be aware of.

The first component of a mortgage payment is the Principal. This is the total value of the loan that you borrow from the lender, minus the interest. At the onset of paying off your mortgage, the principal portion of paying off each monthly fee will be small and eclipsed by the interest portion. However, as time passes and you acquire more equity in your home with each portion of the loan reimbursed, the final stretch of your mortgage term will be largely composed of principal installments.

The second component of your mortgage will be the Interest portion, which is the one most people are aware of the most. The interest will be the expense that the lender charges you for the ability to borrow their loan for your home. The interest rate will directly influence the size of your loan as higher rates turn out smaller loans.

Your credit score will determine what type of interest rate you are offered on a home loan and the better your score, the lower the interest rate that you will be offered. This is why it is critical for people to work on having good credit scores before going to try and purchase a new home.

Your lender, when you choose one, will write up  a loan agreement with the period of time in which you have to pay off the mortgage. Most homebuyers favor 30-year contracts, as their monthly payments are smaller. However, if you are looking for a lower interest rate for your home, consider a 15-year home loan which typically will come with a lower interest rate.

Taxes are the third component that will make up your home loan. The taxes in our mortgage payment will refer to the property taxes that are typically gauged by local or municipal governing bodies based upon the value of the real estate in your area. You can pay your taxes through your loan office by setting up an escrow account. Each month the lender collects funds from your periodic mortgage payments to put into escrow. This will remain untouched until taxes are due. The portion of your monthly mortgage payment that is appointed to tax obligations equals one-twelfth of the yearly tax amount.

Lastly, Insurance will be the final pillar that makes up the four components of your mortgage payment. The insurance portion of your mortgage will cover your property insurance and private mortgage insurance. One way to cut down on your monthly payment some if you are able too, is to pay off your PMI up front when you sign for your home. This will cut out having to pay it off over time within the loan.

Knowing what comprises your mortgage payment will help you not only better understand where your money is going too each  month, but also ensure you get the best deal you can on your mortgage.



Parry Custom Homes is an established homebuilder in the Pittsburgh area.  Call or contact us today for more information.