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How much does buying a new home really cost?

Categories: Buying a Home, Custom Home in Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: October 14, 2016 | Comments Off on How much does buying a new home really cost?


New Home Costs

New Home Costs

When it comes to buying a new home, it is best to be prepared for the costs that will be involved and not have any surprise expenses sneak up on you. If you are currently looking for a Pittsburgh on your lot builder to build your new home, Parry Custom Homes has the breakdown of costs associated with buying a new home so you can prepare for expenses you will most likely incur along the way.

The first cost to always plan for or count on is homeowner’s insurance. This is something you can definitely expect to pay along with your new home. Policies can vary dramatically depending on the type of coverage you choose. The basic coverage will cover the property and liability due to things like smoke, theft, falling objects, explosions and fire or lightening. Most homeowner’s insurance won’t cover damage that results from natural disasters like hurricanes or flooding, however it is possible to add that type of coverage to your policy if needed. Your first year’s insurance is typically paid at closing, and is anywhere from $300 and up.

A second cost to plan for will be a home appraisal. Unless you are paying cash for your home, most lenders will require home appraisals. A home appraisal is an educated guess on what the property is worth to give the lender an idea on collateral value. Usually the seller will pay for the home appraisal but in the event that cost falls on the buyer, expect to pay around $300.

The third cost to keep in mind will be the cost for a home inspection. This is a vital part of determining the condition of the house and with the inspection, you will find out if the home meets state requirements and get a more accurate idea of what you will be willing to offer. Buyers should ask to see a list of items covered in the house inspection before it even takes place. This will allow time to request any additional areas of the home are looked at as well. Expect to pay anywhere from $300-$500 for your home inspection.

Another fee you may run into is proof that your home may or may not be located in a specific flood hazard area. If the property is determined to be in a flood hazard area, then your lender will be required by law to have flood insurance on the property.   This fee typically only runs around $20.

A survey fee for your home paid to a professional surveyor who verifies the boundaries of the property is something you can expect to pay as well. Boundary verification is important as any additions to the home, such as fences, driveways, sidewalks or garages that infringe on a neighbor’s property, can be removed without warning. Having this kind of information can save you a lot of money down the road, so it is a good idea to invest the $335-$650 that this fee will typically run.

Lastly, moving costs will be something you will want to budget for. Whether you move yourself and have to rent a truck or need to hire professional movers to help you move. According to, the average American pays about $707 in moving costs. If you want a full-service mover, expect to pay upwards of $1,000.

Keeping these costs in mind and planning for all of them will have you in good shape, come time to sign 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.

Home design trends for 2017

Categories: Homeowner Tips, On your lot builder Pittsburg, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: October 7, 2016 | Comments Off on Home design trends for 2017


Home design trends for the New Year

Home design trends for the New Year

Every year, home décor and home designs are guaranteed to change as each new calendar year comes into effect. Have you ever wondered how the new home designs and trends are decided each year? It may be hard to believe, but the colors forecasted for 2017 were decided two years ago. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, dives into the fashion forecast you can expect for 2017.

Design trends and the colors that go along with those trends are decided by industry leaders, often a few years in advance of the actual trend. Industry leaders will gather to forecast the colors ahead of time so home furnishing stores and manufacturers can keep up with the latest industry trends. Most of the times they are accurate, and sometimes misguided ideas can just become a “trend.”

The good thing with fashion forecasts is that they come with a variety of color palette options, so most people can find the color or colors that suit them best each season. Colors will range from earthly accents to romantic pastels. Home fashion does typically follow what is the latest in apparel fashion as well, so it is something that is easy to spot when it is on the rise and growing.

So what can you expect for 2017? Plan to continue seeing various shades of blue that will follow into the new year. These blue shades will be accompanied by warm, ethereal colors as well. These colors have been selected to mix together, but can also be used alone. The color palettes change in hue with each season, but the basic colors will remain the same throughout the year.

In 2017, for your walls you will still see plenty of grays and taupe colors as they will still be the most popular base colors in homes. For wall color, over the last couple years there has been a gradual transition from warm accented colors to colorless colors. Light, neutral wall colors are what is in these days.

In most of the new styles, dark and rich wall colors are a thing of the past and a lighter palette is what is in trend currently. In most of today’s interiors, you will see light taupe, warm gray and shades of white complemented by bright white trim.

In 2017, you will notice a global vogue theme in décor come into play. Beautiful, bold and vibrant colors that are inspired by counties and cultures around the world will bring energy to any home. This includes an eclectic blend of artifacts, rich finishes, layered textures as well as bold colors.

Sun faded pastels and muted colors mixed with the gray and taupe wall colors in homes will also be a serene retreat vibe that you will see in décor next year. This trend will give a romantic ambiance to any room in your home.

Also expect to see a bit of a nature trend come 2017, with a décor desire to bring nature inside. Natural finishes, reclaimed materials, and soothing earth tones will give an eco-chic vibe to many homes to come. Expect this rustic modern trend to incorporate a lot of terracotta and warm tones, like blue-greens and warm reds.

Lastly, do expect some nostalgic elegance come next year with everything that is old being new again. Rich floral hues of the past like purple, mulberry, maritime blue and forest green are slowly making their way back into home fashion. The important note to follow is to pull this look together with cosmopolitan furnishings to keep the look polished and of quality.

Incorporating any or all of these design trends into your home come 2017 will have you leading the neighborhood in hot home design!




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