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Fall Décor- In 5 Minutes!

Categories: Homeowner Tips, On Your Lot Builder Pittsburgh | Posted: August 8, 2018 | Comments Off on Fall Décor- In 5 Minutes!

 

Easy Fall Decor Ideas

Easy Fall Decor Ideas

Kids are getting ready to head back to school and summer is quickly winding to an end. For many, cooler temperatures and all things Fall are on the mind! Parry Custom Homes, a Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares how to incorporate fall décor into your home in as little as 5 minutes!

Whether you need decorative fall centerpieces for your kitchen or dining room table or you just want your home to be in the festive fall spirit, these quick and inexpensive ideas will have your home screaming fall in no time and your guests impressed this holiday season!

These three fall ideas below only take about 5 minutes each to complete and you may have most of the supplies on hand already, which is an added bonus! Another added bonus is many of the fall decorating items are on sale now that the winter holiday items have hit the shelf. So chances are these décor items will cost you little to nothing.

The first fall item you can add to your home is leaf luminaries. This is a great way to incorporate fall into your home while also creating a warm and cozy atmosphere for you and your guests. Take different size glass containers and add unscented tea lights or warm fall scents like cinnamon, apple, or pumpkin for an added layer of fall feel. Take faux fall colored leaves and use a rubber cement or clear glue to adhere them to the outer part of the glass, covering it completely. Once you add the tea light in, it will create a gorgeous fall glow in your home.

The second fall décor item to add to your home is pinecone trees! These adorable trees are simple, stylish and would make a beautiful centerpiece for your table this fall season. You can also use these pinecone trees as filler in your home along a buffet table or in sets of three on your mantle. They will go great in many different areas of your home, and add the perfect fall touch.

Lastly, the third quick and inexpensive fall décor item to consider adding to your home is a monogram fall wreath for your front door, or even other places inside your home. You can actually go to your backyard to begin this project. Gather sticks, pinecones, colorful leaves and any other fall embellishments you can find. Then, decorate and come up with your own fall style wreath using those items. You can top it off with some fall colored bows made out of ribbon.

Hopefully these tips help get your home in the fall spirit, by the time Fall officially rolls around!

 

 

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.

6 Reasons To Buy A Home This Fall

Categories: Homeowner News, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: August 3, 2018 | Comments Off on 6 Reasons To Buy A Home This Fall

 

2016: The Year To Buy

2016: The Year To Buy

If part of your weekend plans are looking for Pittsburgh on your lot builders to build your new home, Parry Custom Homes gives you 6 reasons why this fall is a great time to be a homebuyer in today’s market.

Homebuyers in 2018 are in luck, since interest rates are still at an affordable low lever, even though the market has picked up in the past few years. Even thought they may creep up at any given moment, it is still a fact that home loans are at historic lows.

Some people may remember interest rates being at 18.5 percent in the ‘80’s. Even if home prices are higher in some markets, buyers will still save hundreds of thousands of dollars over the life of their mortgage and the low fixed rate of today.

Another huge reason why so many are planning to buy if they haven’t already, is the fact that rent prices have skyrocketed across the U.S. and in many places, the rent is the same or more than a mortgage payment. In fact, rents outpaced home values in 20 of the 35 biggest housing markets in 2016. The hike for rent prices in 2018 is predicted to rise another 8 percent.

For most people, it doesn’t make sense for them to keep throwing away rent money each month, especially if it equates to the same or more than a mortgage payment. More people are realizing this trend and taking advantage of the low interest rates while they can in buying a home and forgoing renting.

Another reason why so many more Americans are able to purchase a home and leave renting behind is because they no longer have to save up huge down payments in order to purchase a home. There are a variety of programs to help homebuyers afford to make home buying a reality.

Other big factors this year that will lead to a large push in homeownership are the stabilizing home prices, mortgage insurance deals, and major tax breaks for homebuyers. All of these things are adding up to a great buyers market this fall!

 

 

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.

Looking for an On Your Lot Builder In Pittsburgh?

Categories: On your lot builder Pittsburg | Posted: July 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Looking for an On Your Lot Builder In Pittsburgh?

Pittsburg on your lot builder

While many of us are vacationing and enjoying the beautiful summer months, a lot of homebuyers are in the market looking for a new home in Pittsburgh. While there are many available homes on the market, where do you look when you have a lot and need a builder to build your dream home on a lot you already own? Parry Custom Homes offers the solution to your new home dilemma! Parry Custom Homes is the premier on your lot builder in Pittsburgh and can make your dream home a reality.

Parry Custom Homes specializes in making the homebuilding process as easy as possible throughout Western Pennsylvania. If your lot is within our building area, then get yourself to our showroom and design center so we can help make your dream home come to life!

If you still need to find the perfect lot for your dream home, we can help with that as well. A few of our top tips in helping you to find the perfect piece of land are:

–          School District

–           Township

–            Neighborhood homesite or Private Homesite

–             Homesite size – 1/4 acre or 10 acres

–             Lay of the Land – Do you want to be level out your 1st floor rear or come out onto a deck

–             Utility Locations or if public utility access is available or if you will need a well or sand mound

Know that we’ll be there to assist you along the way to be sure that all costs and considerations are properly handled for your new home. We also understand all permits that you’ll need in the process, so all your basis are covered.

Contact us today to find out more about how we can make your dream home a reality and take the stress out of the homebuilding process.

Your Morning Routine Requires More Energy Than You Realize

Categories: Custom Home Builders in Pittsburgh, Homeowner News, New Homes in Pittsburgh, On your lot builder Pittsburg, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: July 20, 2018 | Comments Off on Your Morning Routine Requires More Energy Than You Realize

 

Daily Energy

Daily Energy

How much energy do you think it takes to power the life you live on a day-to-day basis? A recent article on SaveOnEnergy.com highlighted how much energy it can take to just fuel your morning routine on a daily basis. If you’re currently on the hunt for a Pittsburgh On Your Lot builder this spring to build your new home, you can probably only imagine how much energy that takes from your days as you search online for hours at a time. Parry Custom Homes, shares a breakdown of how we use our energy on a daily basis, for the good and for the bad.

When doing your day to day tasks, you may not realize how much energy you use on a daily basis. However, when you consider all of the electronics that are involved in your day to day life, there is a lot of energy being spent in your daily routine that you probably never stopped to realize!

In today’s modern living society, we are able to use energy without even having to work for it or think about where it comes from. To make it easier to understand the energy usage of basic daily activities, researchers at the online energy marketplace SaveOnEnergy.com converted these tasks into units of human activity. Any physical action like walking up a flight of stairs, taking out the trash, lifting weights after work, uses energy just like the electricity in our homes does. Comparing the two shows how much we benefit from electric power permeating our daily lives.

Checking your email and reading the news on your iPad requires little energy to do. However, it truly requires the same energy as climbing almost 29 flights of stairs. That is nothing however, compared to the energy it takes to make a cup of coffee. That task requires the same energy it would take to scale 383 flights of stares, which would be the same as climbing the total of two Empire State Buildings.

 

 

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.

Outdoor lighting ideas for your new home

Categories: Buying a Home, Custom Home in Pittsburgh, Homeowner Tips | Posted: July 13, 2018 | Comments Off on Outdoor lighting ideas for your new home

 

Outdoor home lighting

Outdoor home lighting

If you are in the market for Pittsburgh custom builders to build your dream home, you may have many ideas floating around in your head of how you want your home to look. Something many homebuyers don’t think about until the end is the outside lighting that will make your home light up and have great curb appeal at the same time. Parry Custom Homes gives you some great ideas for outdoor lighting that you may want to add to your wish-list for your new home!

If you have ever shopped for a new home, you know that certain outdoor lighting can truly add to your home’s architecture and do much more than just add light to the front of your home. Too little light at the entrance of your home can leave it looking dark and dreary on cloudy days or at night. There are several options available for you to decide what the best option is for your home to bring more light to your entranceway!

Pendants and hanging lanterns are great options to enhance curb appeal and illuminate your front doorway beautifully as well.

Wall lanterns and sconces are great décor lighting pieces that give a source of indirect up lighting and down lighting that are typically utilized in pairs over outdoor seating areas and on either side of entry ways and windows.

For your landscape, it’s a great idea to add landscape lighting in the way of spotlights and well lights, to draw attention to the natural elements of a landscape like trees, shrubs, or flowers.)

A great way to light the end of your driveway are with post lanterns that provide lighting and give better street visibility.

If you plan to have fountains, statues or arbors outside of your new home, you will want to add flood, bullet or wash lights to highlight these beautiful pieces around your home.

Path lights are a must for many homes and light the walkway to your door for family and friends who may be visiting or leaving at night when it is dark. It is a great way to provide extra safety as well.

Cove lighting is a good idea to add and can be built into ceilings, walls, ledges and recesses to highlight architectural qualities like footpaths, water or landscape features.

And lastly, pool lights are a must if you have a pool in your backyard. The will add mood-enhancing color to the water and ensure a safer swim at the same time.

 

 

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

Is your dream home out of your price range?

Categories: Buying a Home, Custom Home Builders in Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: June 29, 2018 | Comments Off on Is your dream home out of your price range?
Make your dream home a reality

Make your dream home a reality

Summer is in full swing and with that comes many buyers in the housing market for a new home. If you are currently on the hunt for your “dream home” this summer, you may realize now more than ever it might come with a hefty price tag. However, don’t lose hope in being able to afford your dream home just yet. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder shares a few budget tips that might allow you to call your dream home yours! A recent article in Realtor.com explains how with a few tips to consider.

The first tip for your dream home is to negotiate the price. You might be surprised on what sellers, agents and buyers are willing to negotiate on. A seller may be extremely motivated to move due to a move, relocation, work, and so on. Smart haggling is a great way to help you afford your dream home.

The second tip is to consider another option for your mortgage, such as a five, seven or even 10-year adjustable rate mortgage. Many buyers, especially first time buyers or millennials, ask for a 30-year fixed mortgage. Often times millennials would be better off with the adjustable rate mortgage option.

Now days most buyers will be selling their home in less than 10 years, so opting into a different loan type can translate into lower payments upfront. You can also look at creative options for your private mortgage insurance, like having it paid by the lender or seller. This can also help you lower your monthly payment.

The third tip is to see if the more expensive home you want, might save you in other areas. For example, will your commute be shorter to work? Is it in a better school district so you won’t have to pay for private school tuition? See if there are ways you can save to make up for the larger mortgage payment.

The last tip is to see if an energy efficient newer home might make up some of your monthly cost over an older home? Often times a higher-priced home can actually cost the same as a lower-priced one when you do the math and play with certain factors.

These simple and easy pointers might have you comfortably living in your dream home after all!

 

 

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

 

Summer safety tips for your pets

Categories: Homeowner Tips, On your lot builder Pittsburg, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: June 22, 2018 | Comments Off on Summer safety tips for your pets

 

Summer pet safety

Summer pet safety

Summer is in full effect and with that comes rising temperatures, sometimes in the triple digits. Warmer temperatures and summer vacations lead to homeowners wanting to clean their homes up before fall and between entertaining at their homes during the summer. However, the summer months can bring hidden dangers that come to your pet’s health and safety. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares safety tips on how to keep your pets safe this summer and keep them away from any hidden dangers.

Now that we’re officially into summer, the 4th of July is right around the corner. However, most people don’t take into consideration the festivities of fireworks and 4th of July celebration fun that can lead to dangerous leftovers for pets. The leftover firework pieces or chocolate candies left out from entertaining can be toxic to cats and dogs. Chocolate can especially be fatal if ingested by cats. Leftover firework pieces if left in the yard if ingested by your pets can obstruct the digestive tract and lead to severe vomiting and dehydration. It is best to do a once-over of the yard and around your home where any fireworks may have been used to prevent any issues for your pets.

If you’re a dog owner, you most likely like to take your furry friend on car rides with you so they can let their head out the window and soak in the fresh air that summer brings. Unfortunately, this too can be unsafe. Flying debris and insects can cause inner ear or eye injuries as well as lung infections. Any abrupt stops or turns can cause major injuries or worse. It’s best to keep your pet in a crate or a seatbelt especially designed for them, when riding in a car.

Many pet parents will often open the windows of their home during a nice summer morning to let the fresh air in for the day. However, this can also be a risky move if you have any unscreened or loosely-fitted screened windows. This can be very dangerous as pets, especially cats, that are apt to jump or fall through these windows of they lean on them to rest. Be sure to install snug and sturdy screens on all of your windows so you don’t have to worry!

Another thing to be careful of when you are tackling any summer cleaning is to keep all of the cleaners and chemicals out of the way of your pets. Almost all products, including natural ones, contain chemicals that can be dangerous to your pets. Keep them safely stored and away from your pets where they can’t get to them.

Lastly, if you are doing any home improvements this summer, remember that paints, mineral spirits and solvents can be toxic to pets and it is best to read all labels to make sure what can and shouldn’t be used around your pets. Also be cautious of physical hazards such as staples, nails, insulation, blades and power tools lying around. It will probably best to confine your pet to a certain area of the home away from any home improvements, for safety and peace of mind.

 

 

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

 

3 common myths that don’t hurt your credit score

Categories: Custom Home in Pittsburgh, Homeowner Tips, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: June 15, 2018 | Comments Off on 3 common myths that don’t hurt your credit score

 

Credit score myths

Credit score myths

Credit scores are one of the biggest things American’s care about, but have the most commonly believed myths associated with them. Chances are, if you have had things ding or negatively affect your credit score in the past that we undenounced to you beforehand, you are much more cautious when it comes to doing anything with your credit in the future. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares three common myths that most people think will hurt their credit score but don’t actually hurt your credit score at all.

The first common myth with credit is that being denied credit will hurt your score. If you ask for a mortgage or auto loan and are rejected, that negative mark actually doesn’t get placed on your credit report and wont damage your credit. However, if you are asking for new credit, this can temporarily damage your credit score. If you get rejected, your score may fall but it isn’t because you didn’t get the loan, it is because you tried to get the loan.

Another common myth of things that don’t actually hurt your credit score is that the interest rate on your loans could hurt your credit score. This is another thing that is not true. The only thing that would hurt your credit score when it comes to interest rates and your loans is if your rates are so high that you can’t pay your bills or if your balances become too high.

The last common myth of things that hurt your credit report is that checking your credit will hurt your credit score. This is also false and on the contrary, it is actually good to keep an eye on your credit score over time to make sure there are not mistakes or unauthorized accounts. If there is any of this activity on your credit history, be sure to report to the bureaus.

The next time you hear anyone mention any of these common credit card myths, you can assure them that these items are actually nothing to be worried about when it comes to their credit. It’s best to consult with a professional on what is best and what to avoid, when it comes to your credit and ways to boost or fix your credit if that is needed.

 

 

 

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

How To Make Your New Parry Custom Home Inviting

Categories: Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: June 8, 2018 | Comments Off on How To Make Your New Parry Custom Home Inviting

Moving into your new home is an exciting adventure for you and your family.  Everything smells new and is untouched.  So how do you give your distinct style to your new home?   Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares some tips on how to get the haven that you have always dreamed of that says, your family lives here.

Start with furniture.  Select furniture that suits the living space of your new home.  Ideally the furniture should be functional, comfortable and the style that fits your new home.  It may benefit your family to spend a little more on quality for the long term if you know that they are hard on furniture.

Add texture.  One of the simplest and convenient ways to add coziness to your home is by incorporating texture to your home.  Surround yourself with items that you like to touch and feel like carpets, upholstered furniture and accessories.  It will make the room of your new home comfortable to you and your family.  This is especially true when designing a large room, it is important to use the right kind of fabrics and texture that can eliminate the vastness of the room in your home and provide it with the much-required coziness.

Use warm colors in your home to make it look warm and comfortable.  Most people think that a white room makes the space feel bigger.  But a white room is the hardest of all the colors to warm up, so it is hard to make the room comfortable without knowing how to add the correct texture and pattern to make the room feel more comfortable.  Think of using colors like green, tan or beige to create a soft atmosphere in your home.

Choosing your accessories are the finishing touches and an important part of decorating your new home.  Choose items that make an emotional connection with you and your family.  Whether it is a decorative light fixture, a textured throw or picture frames, it is how you display them in your home that counts.

 

As you design your space, think about how you can put the details together to make the most of the design of your new home.

 

 

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

Baby proofing your home 101

Categories: Homeowner Tips, On Your Lot Builder Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: June 1, 2018 | Comments Off on Baby proofing your home 101
Baby proofing your home

Baby proofing your home

If you have recently had a baby or have little ones at home, chances are you have become increasingly more aware of the things you need to do to your home in order to baby proof it and make it safe. If you have recently had your first baby, you may not be sure of what all you do need to childproof or even how is best to childproof your new home. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares some tips on the best ways to baby proof your home to make it safe for your little one.

Before you childproof your home, it is good to know what you are guarding against. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has identified many ways children can get hurt. Falls account for the most emergency room visits. The most common accidents with falling are children falling down stairs, out of windows, or off high places within the home, furniture and high objects onto children is also a frequent occurrence so that should be guarded against as well.

The remainder of injuries to children happen as a result of things like electrical shocks and burns, water hazards and accidents of ingestion of common household items or medicines.

However, it is good to keep in mind while the news and media may make it seem like everything is harmful to your young ones, in reality most injuries stem from regular household items like chairs and furniture rather than exotic items.

Below are some tips for how you can baby proof your home, without having to purchase anything.

Although it may sound silly, get on your hands and knees and start at your front door and make your way around your home. This is the best possible vantage point to see and figure out the things you need to baby proof in your home and often allows you to catch things you may have overlooked while standing on two feet instead of four.

It is best to not use baby walkers or use them very cautiously if you do. They increase your child’s mobility and with that comes access to dangerous areas.

Always be there when your baby is in the bath. Don’t rely on bathtub supports and rings to keep them sturdy.

When it comes to your crib, either purchase a new crib or make sure your old crib conforms to the most recent CDC-mandated guidelines for safety.

Be sure to tuck electrical cords away and push heavy furniture in front of outlets. This will prevent your children from pulling the cords.

Keep any store medicines or cleaning fluids on high shelves.

Turn down the temperature of your water heater to avoid any scalding.

The safest window coverings for children don’t include any cords that could potentially harm a child. If you have cords on your window coverings, separate or cut window blind cords if you have them in your home.

Be sure your smoke alarms and batteries are fresh.

Make sure your workshops and hobby rooms that contain any tools are locked up to prevent any accidents.

If you have guns, store them trigger-locked and out of sight in locking gun cabinets. Do not rely on trigger locks alone.

Lastly, remove area rugs and runners near staircases or other dangerous areas.

Most all of these tips come at little to no cost but make a huge difference in the safely of your home for your little ones.

 

 

 

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