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Buying a home and getting married this spring?

Categories: Buying a Home, Custom Home in Pittsburgh, Homeowner News, Homeowner Tips, On Your Lot Builder Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: May 27, 2016 | Comments Off on Buying a home and getting married this spring?

 

Buying a home and getting married

Buying a home and getting married

There is no coincidence that spring time seems to be the peak of both wedding announcements and moving announcements that fill the front of your fridge with reminders. Whether you are going through it currently or have already been through it, chances are when you come to the time in your life where you are planning a wedding, buying a place to live together is naturally the next step that either comes right before or after you walk down the aisle. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares tips for those who find themselves in this situation this spring.

Proper planning and good communication will be the key to remaining happily ever after both before and after walking down the aisle, when you have both a wedding to plan and a house to buy. In general, talks of weddings often bring couples to the conversation of if they should buy or rent post-wedding.

A lot of engaged couples find themselves on different pages as their partners when it comes down to the budget of a home and what the needs and wants of a home would be for them. This is where a Realtor can step in and help sort out the details of what you want and what you need, combined.

It is a helpful idea for couples to each write out their top three wish list items in a new home, so they can each make sure they get the big things that are important to them and compromise on other things that may not be as important to them.

Then, it is good for a couple either with a realtor or on their own to look and see what items on their wish lists they can afford and what items may not be realistic within their budget.

It is also a good idea to think about your home in the future as well, to make sure you get the right size and functionality you need if you plan on having kids within the first few years of getting married.

Realtors can also help couples look at different aspects of possible homes and show them where they could add value and what to expect to get back out of the home in the next five years.

Since the stress of planning a wedding and purchasing a home are bound to bring some disagreements, here are some tips on how to best handle this situation:

First, take inventory of what each person has for the new home.

Second, determine how to handle each item. If you have two coffee makers, two sofas or whatever it may be, decide before you move what you are going to do with everything that is double that you don’t need in your new home. It will also help you determine how much space you will need in a new home.

Lastly, create a plan for moving day so arguments can be avoided and you are both on the same page.

 

 

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.

Want to save money while spring cleaning?

Categories: Custom Home Builders in Pittsburgh, Homeowner Tips, On Your Lot Builder Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: May 19, 2016 | Comments Off on Want to save money while spring cleaning?

 

Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

If you have yet to get around to your spring cleaning to-do list, that might not be a bad thing. Did you know there are ways you can actually save yourself money when you do your spring cleaning? Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares cleaning tips that could put money back into your pocket.

As you tackle your spring cleaning projects, there are some things around your home you should consider tossing out in the process. These are things that don’t necessarily need to go because of the space they take up, rather because they could be costing you more money than they need to be.  Begin to say goodbye to some of your old stuff to prevent creating a hole in your wallet.

The first spring cleaning tip is to ditch all of your ancient electrical items and appliances. While some people may live for the newest and greatest gadgets, several people hold onto their old ones just as tight and use them just as much. A recent study done by Energy.gov showed that appliances account for 13 percent of your household’s energy costs. That cost is even higher, if you don’t have EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) Energy-Star compliant items.

A few of the worst offenders in this category include: dishwashers, air conditioners, washers and dryers. If your beloved gadgets are more than 5 years old or your appliances aren’t Energy-Star certified, consider tossing or replacing them this spring.

Another spring cleaning tip is to reconsider any magazine subscriptions you may still get monthly, and get them digitally instead. On average, around 14 million people still subscribe to news magazines that come in the mail each month. This number is less than it was 10 years ago, as more people convert to the digital option. However, in addition to causing you massive clutter as those subscriptions stack up around your home each month, you can also save yourself well over $600 per year, for a magazine averaging $3.99 per issue if you grab just three each week. Not only is converting to digital cheaper, it’s also more environmentally friendly.

The last spring cleaning tip is for women and often something no woman wants to come to terms with. There are few things worse than having to replace items from your makeup bag, but it truly is an important thing to put on your spring cleaning list.

Not only does old makeup lose its potency over time, it will often cause you to spend more to compensate for it over time. Not only that, but makeup oxidizes and degrades the minute you open the packaging. After a couple of months, your makeup can accumulate bacterial and fungal growth. So, be sure to do yourself and your wallet a favor and throw out anything that is more than a couple months old. This way you can protect bacterial from not only wrecking your skin, but your annual beauty budget.

These simple tips will not only benefit you from a cleanliness standpoint in your home but can also save you money to boot.

Be Mindful of Extra Airline Fees this Summer Travel Season

Categories: Custom Home Builders in Pittsburgh, Homeowner News, Homeowner Tips, Pittsburgh custom homebuilders | Posted: May 6, 2016 | Comments Off on Be Mindful of Extra Airline Fees this Summer Travel Season
Summer Travel

Summer Travel

It is no surprise to anyone who has purchased an airline ticket in the recent years, that the cost and hidden fees continue to keep on rising. It seems as if every time you fly, it gets more and more expensive for a none better travel experience. If you are in the market for a Pittsburgh custom home or recently purchased your new Parry Custom Home, chances are you will be wanting to watch the money you are spending with all of the new home purchases you will undoubtedly be making. Below are some tips and things to know when booking your travel for the coming summer months.

On the bright side, there is one airline provider actually removing a fee from their list of many. Delta is taking one of their many additional airline fees away. They will drop the fee for U.S. consumers who buy tickets over the phone or at a ticket counter to make things simpler for customers. Prior to this change, their phone fee was $25 and the fee for a ticket bought at an airport or other ticket counter was $35.

Most other major U.S. airlines still will charge for these fees. The additional fees are designed to encourage consumers to buy tickets online, which is cheaper for the airlines than maintaining big call centers.

If you fly American or United Airlines, both companies generally charge $25 for tickets bought over the phone and $35 at the airport in the U.S.

JetBlue charges $25 for purchasing a ticket over the phone or at a ticket counter and Alaska Airlines charges $15 for using their call center.

The major carriers don’t charge extra for online ticket purchases. Discount carrier Spirit Airlines does charge fees of $9 to $18 each way for tickets bought online or over the phone.

When it comes to booking flights for any summer vacations coming up, be sure to make not of any hidden fees or fees you can bypass, to keep the travel costs down as much as possible so you can spend your money on the vacation itself and not the ticket to get there.

 

 

 

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.