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How to give your home more curb appeal on a budget

Categories: Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: November 15, 2019 | Comments Off on How to give your home more curb appeal on a budget

If you have plans to sell your home this holiday season or after the New Year, you may think you need to break the bank when it comes to updating your homes exterior. However, there are ways to get the most curb appeal for the least amount of money. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares some ways to dramatically increase the look of your homes exterior on a budget.

The first and most important way to increase the aesthetic of your homes exterior is to simply spend a weekend cleaning it up. From Trimming your bushes, mowing your lawn, planting some new flowers and washing your driveway, windows and fence, a little elbow grease can go a long way in taking your home up a notch on the appealing scale.

It is a good idea to rent a power-washer to do the heavy-duty cleaning if needed or if it’s been a while since your windows, driveway and fence have had a good cleaning. It typically only costs about $50-$75 per day to rent a power washer and the result is worth the time and money. The one thing you won’t want to power-wash however is the roof. That can damage the shingles and end up costing you money, which you are trying to avoid.

Be sure to clean not only the outside of your windows, but the inside as well. A better cleaning solution that glass cleaner is a mix of detergent diluted in warm water.

Next, an addition to the exterior of your home that can accentuate the size of your windows will be to add shutters. It will make them look larger and add visual interest to the front of your home. It can also add more curb appeal, especially if your homes exterior is bland or boring in color or style.

Painting accent areas is another feature you could add to your homes exterior to enhance appeal. You don’t have to paint the entire exterior of your home to enhance it. Try painting your trim, door or shutters (or all three) to add a nice highlight of elegance to update your home. A fresh coat of paint on any of these areas can go along way for a small amount of money.

If you have a boring front door or just one you are not in love with, instead of just painting it to try and make it look better consider adding molding to it to offer a more decorative touch. You can also add metal house numbers to your doorway which can cost as little as $5 per number. Top if off with a wreath or seasonal decorations and you will have your front door standing out in no time!

Lastly, updating your light fixtures is an inexpensive and immediate way to not only add to the curb appeal of your home, but also make your home look richer. Outdoor sconces can be found for as little as $20 at your local home improvement stores. If you don’t mind the outdoor lighting you have but it looks outdated or faded, consider spray painting them a different color to bring them back to life.

These simple exterior updates will keep your wallet happy and dramatically improve the exterior appeal of your home at the same time. It is a win-win scenario that is well worth the time and effort!



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.

Buying new construction? Questions to ask

Categories: Buying a Home, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: November 8, 2019 | Comments Off on Buying new construction? Questions to ask


If you are currently one of the many in the market for a new construction home, you have plenty of options at your fingertips compared to buying a resale home. Sales of new homes surged over the past 5 years and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down headed into the end of this year. Higher demand has also risen the prices of new homes over the past couple of years, but there are still ways you can save when purchasing a new home. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder,  shares tips on what to ask when buying a new construction home.

The first question you can ask when purchasing a new home is if there are any financial incentives that are offered if you use the builders preferred lender and title company. Not all builders will be open to negotiating sales prices, but it doesn’t hurt to check especially if you are working with a production builder.

You may be able to save money on the cost of the home or possibly get some negotiated prices on finishes like upgraded flooring. However, be sure to still shop around to other lenders and check on what they are offering and keep interest rates in mind during your decision.

The next question to ask your builder are what are the standard finishes, if there are different versions of the home plan you are interested in or upgrades that you have the option of making. If you are needing to save money but want several upgrades, an option you have would be to buy the standard model of that home and then do the upgrades over time with a contractor on your own. This can save you money and allow you to break the projects out over time, if needed.

Next, be sure to ask what the plans of the community are. Especially if it is a new development, you will want to know where the community currently stands and what the future plans are. If the community you are looking in is brand new, you will want to consider the noise of construction that could be around you for several months, if not years. Also, see how many builders are in the development and what might happen if one builder loses funding and must opt-out. You could be stuck next to lesser-quality homes or homes that are a different style to yours that may not be as desirable.

You will also want to ask what warranties are provided for the home. Most builders will provide a one-year workmanship warranty and then a 10-year structural warranty. You will want to make sure the warranty strictly states what is and isn’t covered so you know what the limitations are for any damages. Also, don’t forget to see about getting manufacturer’s warranties on your household appliances like washer, dryer, hot water heater and so on.

Then, be sure to ask about any HOA fees or Covenants that you will need to be aware of before moving in. Depending on the neighborhood, you may need to take a list of the rules that you have to abide by. Some neighborhoods don’t allow for sheds, in the backyard, private fences or basketball goals in the driveway. If any of the rules that neighborhood has are deal breakers for you, it is something you will want to check-out before moving in.  Also, check to see when HOA dues will kick in if you purchase the home. Some builders cover the fees until the development is close to being completed or fully completed and running.

Lastly, it doesn’t hurt to ask for references of past clients that you can talk with about their experience. It isn’t a bad idea to check Angie’s list or a third-party source, as sometimes the only reviews that you might be given are glowing reviews.


If you take the time to ask these questions, you will be sure to make the best decision and cover the critical bases you will want too before signing on the dotted line for your new home.




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, Homeowner Tips, Pittsburgh custom homes | Posted: November 1, 2019 | Comments Off on Need To Sell Your Home This Winter?
Winter Home Sales

Winter Home Sales

If you are currently in the market for a Pittsburgh custom home or know that is on the horizon for you this upcoming winter season, many homeowners hesitate to list their current home for sale during the winter months. The winter season is typically looked down upon for putting homes on the market and most realtors may even recommend you wait until spring. However, Parry Custom Homes shares why a study by Redfin indicates that selling your home in the winter months might actually be to your benefit.

While spring may be the home-shopping season for many, 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 determine this is 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.

Check the number of days on the market for your city and the recently sold listings. If most homes are 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:

1.) 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.

2.) 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.

3.) 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.

Putting this knowledge to use when listing your home this winter may have you selling your home quicker than you imagined, especially if inventory in your area is already low this winter season!



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.


How To Make Old Things New In Your New Parry Custom Home

Categories: New Homes in Pittsburgh | Posted: October 25, 2019 | Comments Off on How To Make Old Things New In Your New Parry Custom Home

Parry Custom HomeYour have made the decision to move to your new Parry Custom Home, but now you have just come to realize it‘s a totally different floor plan and your furniture will not be set up the same way and the accessories are not going to work like they did in your old home. Before you panic or run to the furniture store to purchase all new furniture and accessories, read on for some design tips on how to incorporate pieces from your old home décor into your new home in Pittsburgh.

You might have looked at everything in your old house with the accessories and furniture the same place for years and years, but now they can have a new home and purpose. Think of your décor the same way you think of your wardrobe. You mix and match old and new clothes and jewelry all the time, and your home décor is no different.

By changing up the furniture placement, accent pillows, artwork and accessories in a room, it will give the home a whole new feel. Just because you have always had a certain picture in the dining room at your old home, it doesn’t mean it has to be in the dining room in your new home. Maybe it would be perfect over the sofa in the living room now or in the office. You may find it easier when you move in your new Parry Custom Home, to group all similar items together (items like lamps, photo frames, candle holders, ect.) and this way you can take a visual inventory of everything that you have to work with.   Then start adding the accessories that coordinate together to each room.

Consider gathering 3 accessories and placing them together. Add a table lamp or a plant to direct your eye to details in the room that may not have stood out in your old home.

It’s best to keep your furniture neutral and add color to things that are easily changed, like pillows, picture frames or a throw blanket. The design possibilities are endless when you move using everything you already own, only displaying them in a whole new way.

Let your creativity flow. Remember, nothing is nailed down. If you don’t like it, you can move it. The options are limitless in creating your new space in your beautiful new Parry Custom Home.


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

4 simple ways to make your new house feel like home

Categories: Custom Home in Pittsburgh, Homeowner Tips, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: October 18, 2019 | Comments Off on 4 simple ways to make your new house feel like home


House to home

House to home

If you are getting ready to move into your new Parry Custom Home or are currently on the search for a Pittsburgh on your lot builder, turning your new house into a home is always key once you finally move in. An article in The Huffington Post shares four simple tips on how to make your new house feel like home once you move in.

The first way to turn your new house into your new home is to figure out how you can customize the space you have, and optimize it at the same time. Builders do their best to construct homes to have the most livable floor plan that makes sense for everyday life, but until you are actually living in the home it can be hard to determine what works and what doesn’t.

Another great tip to give your house the “homey” feel that you’re after is to incorporate some plants into your home to give it that relaxed and alive feel. If it is hard to keep plants alive in your home, try just adding a nice floral arrangement to the centerpiece of the table to still give off that warm vibe.

Changing aspects of your home to suit your day to day live doesn’t have to mean renovation projects on your brand new home. It can be as simply as changing the color in a room to a brighter shade to help a room out that doesn’t have much natural light. Or if might be nice to divide up your open concept spaces with well-placed shelving that can also add an additional layer or storage or display to your new home.

The third tip to help turn your house into a home is to add some art to your home. Adding artwork to your new house will allow your personality and taste to shine through and immediately give your home another touch of who you are. Different ideas of art to bring in can be paintings, drawings, sculptures, even antique pieces or furniture or accessories that might have been passed down or have importance to you are another great option to add to your home.

Lastly, the quickest and easiest way to make your house feel like home is to represent your family in your new home. Displaying photos of your family and loved ones throughout your home automatically give it the feeling of being yours. You can check out places like Pinterest for ideas on how you can create a gallery wall in your home. This has become a recent trend that incorporates family photos with other décor to add more interest and design appeal.


These 4 simple ideas will quickly turn your new house into a home in no time!



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

Simple ways to refresh your home décor for Fall

Categories: Homeowner Tips, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: October 10, 2019 | Comments Off on Simple ways to refresh your home décor for Fall


Fall Decor for your home

Fall Decor for your home

If you haven’t yet decorated your home the fall season but plan to have get-togethers or even host Thanksgiving this year, you may be tempted to add some fall inspiration into your home before friends and family visit. All of the pumpkin inspired treats and Fall leaves may have you scratching your head for ways you can incorporate Fall décor into your own home. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, has some home décor tips on simple ways you can bring the essence of Fall and Thanksgiving inside your home.

First, a great simple way to bring Fall into your home is to incorporate Fall colors into your home. Maroon, mulberry, camel, eggplant, navy and olive are wonderful fall shades that will have your home looking like Autumn in no time. If you are not ready to commit to a new paint color, changing up your pallet and adding a fall colored rug in a great deep Fall shade or switching out your standard sofa pillows for some darker ones in cool Fall shades.

Consider adding the “cozy” factor to your home by including some scented candles on your fireplace mantle, stacks of books or fall magazines, and some seasonal botanicals. If you don’t have a fireplace in your home, emulate a cozy space by adding a rug, cozy char and a bookshelf in a corner to create the perfect place to cuddle up with a good book and a warm cup of tea this fall.

Gold always evokes the holiday season and can easily add a Fall flare to your home as well. You don’t need to go crazy when incorporating gold into your home, it can easily be done with accent pieces such as gold candlesticks, lamps with gold bases and silverware. Mixed metals are on-trend this season, so don’t shy away from also incorporating brass or copper metals as well.

Lastly, knits and furs aren’t just a stylish accessory that can be added to any room of your home, they also come in handy once the temperatures drop during the Fall! Try tossing a chunky knit across your bedspread that will look great and come in handy on the chiller evenings.

For your main living areas, toss some shearling throws over living room chairs, couches or dining room chairs. Consider adding some rustic charm with sheepskin rugs that can be easily added in multiple rooms in your home.

Get creative this weekend and see what you can come up with on your own using the ideas shared above. You can have your home looking like Fall in no time!



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

How to tackle your first home improvement project

Categories: Homeowner Tips, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: October 4, 2019 | Comments Off on How to tackle your first home improvement project


If you have recently moved into your first home, you may be faced with the task of tackling your first home improvement project. Depending on what your expert level is in home improvement projects, it may be a daunting task that leaves you confused on where to start. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares tips on where to start on your first home improvement project.

The first thing you will want to do is prioritize your DIY or home improvement task list. Take inventory of the projects you would like to see done around your home and separate them out into tasks you can do yourself and tasks you will need to hire a pro to do.

Next, decide what projects are the most important to get done. The tasks that are the most important might not be the ones that are most exciting, but it is best to just get the ones you need completed done first to make sure they don’t fall too far down the to-do list or have you run out of budget before you can get to them.

You will then want to be aware of your skill level (and be honest about it!) It is best to start out with projects that fit your comfort level and then progress to more difficult projects as you get more comfortable with your handiwork around the house.

It is a good idea before you start any project to know all the steps, tools and time that it will take to achieve the project. If you aren’t sure, do your research before starting the project. YouTube is a great resource for videos and step-by-step guidelines, as they often have professionals or professional companies helping with how-to videos.

Your next step will be to plan the prep that is needed for the first project you plan to tackle. First, take into consideration the amount of time your project will take. Will your project be a quick weekend project, take a couple of weekends or will you need to take some time off work to complete the project over a long weekend or week?

Once you have the timeline figured out, the next thing you will want to do is allocate the budget you have to spend on this project and then add 10 percent to what you plan to spend. Most projects will add up to about 10 percent more than you plan for them to be, so building in that wiggle room for your budget will ensure that you can get it done and have the money to complete it. The last thing you want to do is to get 90 percent of the project done and run out of money to finish.

Lastly, prep the space in your home where you will be tackling your project. Move all the furniture you will need either out of the room or in the interior of the room and covered. If you’re doing any work around counter space, be sure to cover and seal it well, along with carpet or flooring that might need to be covered also.

The final (yet most import­ant) task will be beginning and following through with your first home improvement project. The best tips for a successful DIY home project is to start at step one, take your time, take breaks, step back and look at the whole project once you near the end, and then clean up and celebrate!

As with any current or future home improvement project you may encounter, remember that there may come time where you need to call in the pros to help you finish a project. Whether a project is simply taking more time than you can dedicate to it or you run into issues that you aren’t sure how to correctly tackle on your own, as long as the project is done correctly and leaves you with the end result you desire it doesn’t matter how it is accomplished in the end.




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

Simple Garage Updates to Create More Storage

Categories: Homeowner Tips, Pittsburgh custom homebuilders, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: September 27, 2019 | Comments Off on Simple Garage Updates to Create More Storage


Creating more garage space

Creating more garage space

Now that it is officially Fall, many homeowners are getting caught up with home organization projects before the winter months roll around. For most, the space in the garage is simply not enough to store everything you need to over time, while still having room for cars. Many homeowners would never let sports gear, tools and yard equipment clutter up the front hall where it’s the first thing guests see. But they’re willing to clutter their own entrance into the home with a garage stuffed with those things, plus patio furniture, bikes, holiday decorations and more. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares simple tips that will help you maximize the space you already have in your garage, that you may not be utilizing to its full potential.

It is no secret that families today have more stuff than previous generations did. They decorate for more holidays, have dishes that they only use on special dinners, and keep photos and sentimental items with the intent of making scrapbooks. To hold on to these items in an organized way, try making a few simple upgrades to your garage.

First, realize that with cabinetry and shelving to flooring and overhead storage, there are many new ways to turn a garage into an organized and attractive space for storage, entertaining or exercising.

To help with organization, many homeowners have added cabinets to store shoes, sporting equipment and tools. There are cabinets designed specifically to hold power tools. Other storage products may include wall-mounted panels with slots that can hold everything from pliers to bikes to motorized lifts for hanging golf bags and kayaks.

Upgrading a garage with epoxy flooring, an easy-to-clean coating, can give your space a clean look and turn it into a space that you can enjoy. Other homeowners have added a nice flooring and created a work bench to do crafts or pot flowers.

There are several DIY websites you can find and ideas on Pinterest and Houzz on what storage options might work best for your space, and many you can even make yourself. Adding extra storage doesn’t have to cost a lot of extra money. With some research and creativity, you can add more storage to your garage than you may have never thought possible.

A small investment can help turn your cluttered garage into a space you can enjoy, without tripping on your way into the house.




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

Clean your house with an unexpected item in your refrigerator

Categories: Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: September 20, 2019 | Comments Off on Clean your house with an unexpected item in your refrigerator


Now that summer is winding down into fall, you may find yourself finally getting around to some home cleaning projects now that you will be inside more this winter. However, did you know you might have some of the best cleaning agents already in your home? If you go check your fridge, chances are you may have some cans of Coca-Cola ready for the next movie or pizza night with the family. Did you know one of our favorite drinks can double as a home cleaning agent? Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares why you may be grabbing for more Coca-Cola at the grocery store on a regular basis.

Coca-Cola Classic has carbonic, citric, and phosphoric acids in it that make it a great cleaning product for certain tasks in your home.

If you have any pesky rust rings in your toilet, the easiest way to get rid of it is to pour a full can of coke around the rim and have it full coat the bowl. Let the coke sit for at least an hour so the acids can break down the stains. Once you have let it sit for an hour or more, scrub the stains with a toilet brush and then flush. Voila! Just like that you will have a clean toilet bowl.

If you have smaller items with rust on them, you can place them in a full bowl of Coca-Cola overnight and they will be clean by morning!

Next, if you have pots and pans that have gunk built up on them or food that was burned on them, it can leave for a lot of scrubbing and frustration to get them clean again. What you want to do is place the cookware on your stove at low heat for an hour. Pour soda in the pan and let it sit. The soda will break down the grime and allow for any pot or pan to be much easier to clean. Wash your pot or pan as you normally would after you have allowed it to sit for an hour and it will be grime-free!

Lastly, you will very much appreciate having Coca-Cola handy if you get any grime or grease on your clothes from the kitchen or garage. It may have been impossible to remove in the past, but pour an entire can of Coca-Cola into a load of laundry along with your usual laundry detergent. Set your washer to the normal cycle and wash your grease-stained clothes as usual. Once the wash is done, grease stains will be gone!

If you are a mom with kids in sports, you can also use this same washing technique with sport uniforms or clothes with blood stains on them.


These simple tips will have you reaching for Coca-Cola Classic every time you run out!




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

Want to Redecorate From Your Couch?

Categories: Custom Home Builders in Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh custom homebuilders, Pittsburgh custom homes | Posted: September 13, 2019 | Comments Off on Want to Redecorate From Your Couch?

New tools like virtual reality measuring apps and online mood boards are using augmented reality and virtual reality technology to help homeowners find easier and quicker ways to decorate their homes. These new tools let homeowners envision new wall colors, furniture and curtains without having to take them home. That means no more buying extra paint for samples or paying return fees on a chair that turns out to be too big for the room. If you are in the market for a Pittsburgh custom home or if you’ve recently moved into your new Parry Custom  Home, try these tips before doing any actual decorating to prevent any mishaps.

A great online home retailer to try is They are digitizing their catalog and testing augmented reality and virtual reality apps as well as 3D models of its products. The company is set to release an augmented reality app for Google Tango, which uses software and sensors to track motions and size up the contours of rooms.

The Wayfair tool lets people see how pieces of furniture and decor will look and fit in their homes through the display on a smartphone. Shoppers use headgear like an Oculus Rift that allows them to customize a room by setting the model, material and layout of the furnishings.

Most buyers might be familiar with the all-in-one site, which not only helps shoppers get inspiration and narrow their choices down from its more than five million products from over 10,000 sellers. In addition, it also helps people find local professionals to install items they may have bought for their new home.

Houzz company recently launched an augmented reality app called “View in My Room” that allows shoppers to experiment with home decor options by virtually placing products from its online store into their home before you buy. The goal of this is to convert browsers into buyers.

Home Depot has an app that lets customers upload a picture of the room and thumb through thousands of paint and stain colors until they arrive at one that’s right. The app can detect the lighting, shadows and other variables in the space or project and adapt the color to fit.

Ikea has an an augmented reality option within its app that interacts with their seasonan catalogs.

With all of the apps and interactive tools out there to help homeowners decorate their home before actually buying and paint or décor, it is worth trying out to save yourself extra trips to the paint store or wasted money on items that you might not actually like once they are in your home.




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