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Should you have a locksmith rekey your house?

Categories: Homeowner Tips, Pittsburgh custom homes | Posted: June 26, 2017 | Comments Off on Should you have a locksmith rekey your house?


If you have recently moved into a Pittsburgh custom home, you may be wondering if you need to have new locks put on your home that are different than the ones that came on the home you purchased. However, there are several other reasons to consider having new locks put on your home other than when you just move in. You may have lost your home keys, had a lot of contractors or service people in your home, or possibly even had your home broken into recently. There are many reasons why it might be a good time to get the locks changed in your home. Parry Custom Homes shares when you might need a locksmith and when you can do it yourself.

The best reasons to call a locksmith will come if a new hole is needed in your door. In most cases, a hole saw will be needed to adjust the size of the key hole portion of your door and that is often not a tool most homeowners have in their home. Even if you happen to have a hole saw on hand, it is not an easy task to line up the saw straight enough to go through the door and have it line up correctly without and angling that will cause issues. A locksmith can easily take care of this for you and leave you to not mess with the hassle.

If your lock itself is in good shape, you might be able to simply be able to rekey the lock instead of replacing it. If you have the option between the two, a locksmith can rekey your lock for significantly less cost than replacing it.

In cases where your can DIY the changing of your locks, checkout some of the rekeyable locks that are on the market now and can often be found in your local home improvement store. These rekeyable locks will come with two standard keys plus a reset key. This way when you insert the reset key, the pins inside go to a neutral position and then are reset to a new configuration with the new house keys from the same manufacturer.


No matter if you choose to hire a locksmith or do it yourself when it comes to changing the keys to your home, it is always a great idea and never hurts to keep your home and family safe.



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

5 ways to love your home

Categories: Homeowner Tips, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: June 19, 2017 | Comments Off on 5 ways to love your home


Spring is in full swing and the temperatures are slowly rising as we move into April. This is often the time of year people tend to show their home the most love, with spring cleaning and preparing their home for summer activities and guests. However, don’t stop there! Whether you are in your new home or a home you have lived in for a while, it is good to show your home you love it as well over time and not just in the spring. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares 5 ways to show your home love this time of year.

The first way you can show your home some love is to make some easy DIY updates. Even if you have no plans to sell your home, it is good to make updates overtime so that your home keeps a new and updated feel. Some great and easy updates you can do yourself are things like: updating your faucet in your kitchen or bathroom sinks, get some new, updated drawer knobs for your kitchen cabinets, upgrade the fluorescent light fixtures in your bedroom or bathrooms with more modern ones, or paint your front door a vibrant shade that you love to make it pop.

Simple changes around your home can make a huge impact over time, without making a huge impact on your wallet all at once.

Another thing you could do for your home is buy it something pretty. Maybe you have had your eye on a set of barn doors you think would look amazing in your family room or bedroom, or perhaps some fun, bright colored pillows caught your eye the last time you were at the home store. Bring something beautiful into your home for spring to give it a new, fresh feel.

The third thing you could do to love your home is to enjoy it with good company! Has it been ages since you entertained at your home because you can’t bring yourself to clean and prepare to have anyone over these days? Make a change and plan a get together at your home.

Whether you want to have some family over, a small group of friends or even just have some neighbors over for a cookout, the best thing you can do in your home is enjoy it. So, think of a fun way you can make some new memories in your home, no matter how big or small.

If you have been in your home for a while and haven’t yet taken advantage of the lower mortgage rates that are still available, tip #4 would be to save money on your home. Consider refinancing it now that rates are lower and even consider changing from an adjustable rate mortgage to a fixed-rate mortgage. This can help make your payments more predictable and less dependent on how the market is doing.

Lastly and most importantly, make sure your home is protected. Review your homes insurance policy and make sure there aren’t any obvious gaps in your coverage. It is also important to make sure you are not overly insured or paying more than you need too for the coverage you have.

If you think there is room for improvement in your insurance, shop around or get with your current provider to see if there is a better policy for you to be on.

Putting any or all of these things to play in your home will help you love it even more!



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

Math myths for renting vs. buying

Categories: Homeowner Tips, Pittsburgh custom homes | Posted: June 12, 2017 | Comments Off on Math myths for renting vs. buying


If you are currently one of the many Americans debating between buying a new home or renting, monthly cost is probably what your main driving force is for the end decision. However, buying versus renting doesn’t just come down to the monthly payment , rather it comes to the total equation and what is best for you. Parry Custom Homes Homes, a premier Pittsburgh custom builder, shares important factors to consider when making the decision to rent versus buy.

Owning a home is typically the building block of household wealth, considering the fact that home owners have a median net worth of $200,000 on average, while renters of homes have just over $5,000. A stark difference in comparison.

In the U.S., currently, there is over 13 trillion dollars in home equity among all the homeowners across the U.S. This equates to about $175,000 per household that owns their home, according to the Federal Reserve across about 75 million homeowners.

Paying money towards your mortgage each month will help you produce more wealth by freezing payment amounts and building equity through forced savings.  While you do have to have money to put down on a home and be able to qualify to purchase one, the loan options available to those wanting to buy a home are much more flexible than they have been in years past, making home ownership more attainable for many.

While the prices of homes are rising along with interest rates, the main thing to consider is when buying a home, you have yourself on a forced savings plan. Over the life of your loan, you begin to pay down and pay off the interest and begin to pay towards the equity.

Over time, your mortgage payments will go towards the equity and your home will become an asset of savings that you will be glad to have 20 or 30 years from now, especially since the values of homes tend to go up dramatically over that long a period of time.

Take the renting scenario. What you are paying to rent a home now will probably not be what it will cost to rent the same home 5, 10 even 15 years from now. The amount will only go up as time goes on and as costs do with everything. However, if you have a 30-year fixed mortgage, you can plan for a set amount on your home and give you a more affordable path down the road through the life of your loan.

So, when making the decision to rent versus buy, consider the longer-term goals you might have for yourself and your family financially. If owning a home is out of reach now, take the steps you need now to make home ownership the option you can choose in the coming years. In the long run, you will be so glad that you did.



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

Cleaning 101 tips for your bathroom sink

Categories: Homeowner Tips, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: June 5, 2017 | Comments Off on Cleaning 101 tips for your bathroom sink


The bathroom sink is most likely one of the places in your home you get dirty the most and must clean the most. From toothpaste, soap, makeup, hair and everyday mineral deposits, it is something that you not only have to keep clean but also disinfect also to keep it sanitary. Depending on the type of bathroom sink you have, you may be using the wrong products for the material your sink is built out of. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares tips on how to best clean the type of bathroom you have.

To make cleaning your bathroom less of a chore, it is a great idea to keep a bin under your sink or somewhere in your home that is easy to access with bathroom-cleaning products you can just reach for and go every time you need to clean up your bathroom.

The best things to have in your bathroom caddy will be: liquid dish soap, distilled white vinegar, baking soda, old toothbrush, several soft sponges or rags, and paper towels.

Two things you will want to leave out of your bathroom caddy arsenal are ammonia and bleach products. While these may sound like good options for disinfecting, you don’t want to use them since these chemicals are toxic if they are ingested.

If you have a stainless steel or porcelain bathroom sink, you will want to wet the entire surface of the sink with warm water first. Then, sprinkle baking soda on the sink and rub it in with one of your soft cloths or sponges until it comes to a paste. The baking soda will remove stains and soap scum, as well as get rid of crusted toothpaste and sticky hair that might be there as well.

The next thing you will want to do is scoop up some of the paste with an old tooth brush and scrub it into the caulk deal around your sink, the faucet and the underside of the rubber drain flaps last. Be sure to rinse the toothbrush as needed and add more baking soda as necessary when you are doing these steps.

Once you have done all the cleaning with the baking soda and tooth brush, rinse the sink with warm water and wipe it down with a dry cloth. Then, pour about 1-2 cups of your white vinegar into a small basin and dunk about 5-10 paper towels into the basin. Cover your sink with the saturated towels and let it sit for 20 minutes. Remove the paper towels once they have sat and throw them away.

The acid that is in the vinegar will disinfect the surface of your sink. If you want or feel the need for extra disinfecting power, you can mix equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and water instead of vinegar and let it sit for 2-3 minutes on your sink.

Lastly, thoroughly rinse your sink again using warm water and dish soap to remove all the traces of vinegar or hydrogen peroxide. You sink will be left looking and feeling like brand new!

For stone bathroom sinks, you will want to take a different approach to cleaning since they are porous and absorb liquid. Don’t use acidic or chemical cleaning products because they can damage the stone. Instead, rinse your sink with mild dish soap and warm water after each use and pat it dry right away. To disinfect your sink, purchase a cleaner made specifically for your type of stone. You can typically find these at your local hardware store.

If you have a copper sink, the same will go for not using any chemical cleaners as this can damage the metal. Treat these sinks the same you would the stone sinks, except you can eliminate the final step. Copper has antibacterial qualities that hinder the growth of common bacteria like E. coli, so mild dish soap will be all you need!



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