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Creating a Budget and Sticking To It

Categories: Homeowner News, Homeowner Tips, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: October 22, 2015 | Comments Off on Creating a Budget and Sticking To It

 

Budgeting Tips

Budgeting Tips

Most Americans live on a budget, whether they realize it or not. How your budget is setup and how you manage your money is different from person to person. For those looking to create a budget and stick to it, spoiling your budget is something that can be done rather quickly with a little over spending and unreasonable goals. U.S. News released an article that helps outline five reasons why following a budget can be difficult and how to overcome those challenges that will arise. Parry Custom Homes, a Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares tips on how to improve your ability to stick with a budget.

Many American’s create budgets but sticking to them is an entirely different story. Did you know that on average 3 out of 5 adults actually pass on purchases or expenses because they don’t fall into the budget they have set for themselves. The other 2 out of 5 simply don’t budget at all. Most people know which category they fall into of the two.

Why is it that budgets are so hard to follow? Similar a diet, the main reason is restriction. When you are on a diet and “can’t” have your favorite foods, all you seem to want are those foods you can’t have. Your budget is the same way. As soon as someone tells you or you tell yourself you “can’t” spend money on extra-curricular things, all you want to do is buy all the things you shouldn’t be buying.

The other tough part about budgeting is extra expenses always come up. Whether it is a vet bill, speeding ticket or your AC goes out, you cannot escape life without those unexpected expenses.

All this being said, it is still possible to come up with a realistic budgeting plan that will not have you living by a spreadsheet or staying in 24/7.

First, realize most people have a lack of financial education. Most people didn’t go to school for financial planning. Since this is the case, the best thing to do is to educate yourself on financial options and financial planning, and start with baby steps. Whether you sign up for a financial program online or you meet with someone to teach you the ways of preparing a realistic budget, be sure to take each step one at a time.

You cannot become a non-budgeter to a budgeting-pro overnight. This, more likely than not, will lead to failure. Instead, take realistic baby steps and work your way up from there. Maybe start with cutting out your daily trip to Starbucks and making your coffee from home. One small change will lead to even bigger ones, over time.

 

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 Your New Home’s Entrance Inviting

Categories: Buying a Home, Homeowner Tips, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: October 15, 2015 | Comments Off on How To Make Your New Home’s Entrance Inviting

 

Entryway Tips

Entryway Tips

If you are in the market for a Pittsburgh on your lot builder or if you have already selected Parry Custom Homes to build your new home, chances are there are a lot of ideas for your new home you have saved online or have floating around in your head at any point in time. A really important part when building your new home, is taking into consideration what your guests will see when they first walk to your front door before even entering your home. First impressions are something you only get one shot at, and the same goes for curb appeal of your home.

The front door sets the tone for your new home. You can either lure your guests in or bore them with lackluster detail. Your front door should be inviting and give the feel of “come on in!”

First, be sure that the front door matches the architecture of your home. Investing in a great door is worth the extra expense, since it creates a big impact.

Once you’ve selected the perfect door for the entry of your home, be sure to frame the entryway. The easiest way to think of doing this is to think if you were to snap a photo of your front entryway, would it be framed beautifully or fall flat? An easy way to frame your front entryway is to add planters on either side to balance the door. Wooden planters are a great idea to consider for your home.

Be sure to install hardware that matches the style of your home for your doorknob and other elements that match your personal style and gives a strong first impression.

Next, lighting is a huge part in a welcoming entryway. Not only is lighting your front porch important for safety reasons. It’s always a good idea to install motion detector fixtures at the corners of your home, especially the driveway and main access points. Lights add warmth and friendliness to your entryway, so invest in some beautiful light fixtures to showcase your beautiful new home.

Lastly, use a doormat with personality. You can choose something funny or just something that leaves a kind gesture. Whatever you choose, it will add to the welcoming nature of your new home.

 

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.