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8 Secrets of Happy People

Categories: Homeowner Tips, On Your Lot Builder Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh custom homebuilders, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: January 26, 2018 | Comments Off on 8 Secrets of Happy People


Improve Your Happiness

Improve Your Happiness

We all know at least someone who always seems to be cheerful and upbeat. These people can be all shapes and sizes, of any income level or occupation. So what is the secret of people who always seem to be happy? Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares how you can become one of these genuinely happy people too!

As it turns out, being happy doesn’t happen because you have a lot of money, a perfect body, perfect home or job. Becoming a happier person starts with making time for healthy, fulfilling feel-good activities.

Here are eight simple ways you can improve your mood and overall happiness in your life.

  1. Give thanks. No matter how big or how small, be sure to appreciate the good things in your life. Even during rough times, being thankful for the good things in your life can give you a happiness boost. Take moments to be thankful for a good co-worker, spend time with your pet, or even be thankful for a really good hair day! It may seem silly, but appreciating the small things adds up to an overall happier outlook. Be sure to make this a habit. Consider writing in a gratitude journal all of the things you are thankful for and is right in your world.
  2. Nurture Social Ties. It is hard to sometimes make time for our friends or family when we get so tied up in the day-to-day grind of life. It is important to take time to connect with at least one friend or loved one each day, to keep your connections strong. If you rely on texting and social media to stay in touch, remember that nothing beats face-to-face time.
  3. Talk nicer to yourself. Start to pay attention to your internal self-talk. Many people are surprised at how poorly they talk to themselves and would never talk to someone else the way the do to themselves. The next time you notice yourself partaking in negative self-talk, question and counteract that thought. Research shows that making positive shifts in your thinking actually changes your brain to think differently.
  4. Find joy in moving. Exercise is a proven way to get feel-good hormones moving in your body. It also helps relieve stress and anxiety. Find any activities that you enjoy, that keep you moving and do them frequently. Even 10-minute walks are proven to boost your mood.
  5. Create and play. Yes, even if you aren’t a kid you still need to make time for activities you enjoy. Whether it’s playing a board game, double Dutch with your kids, or playing games of air guitar, encouraging your silly side will bring you joy.
  6. Get enough rest. You hear it all the time, which you need to get more sleep. The reason being is that it is true! People are happier when they are well rested. Getting quality sleep also helps to reduce the risk for anxiety and depression. Aim for a good seven to nine hours of sleep, for better overall heath and happiness.
  7. Look on the bright side. The next time you are faced with a negative situation, look for the silver lining. By focusing on the brighter side of the problem, you will shift your focus and not get down in the negativity. Did you manage the situation okay? Did you learn something new? Focusing on the good instead of bad can make tough times more manageable.

Life is made up of choices. Find your own happiness by choosing what brings the most meaning to your life and there is no doubt you will end up as one of those happy people!



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Don’t forget these 7 details when selling your home

Categories: Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: January 5, 2018 | Comments Off on Don’t forget these 7 details when selling your home

If you are planning to sell your home in the near future or have been thinking of purchasing a new home and putting your older home on the market in 2018, there are 7 key details you will want to remember when that time comes. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares these 7 things to keep on your list when the time comes to sell your home.

Selling your home will be about the details. Homebuyers looking for a new home, in particular your home when it hits the market, will pay close attention to the details of your home that you will want to be sure to not overlook. Below are some of the details that you will want to make sure you address before putting the for sale sign in your yard.

Detail #1: Clear the corners of your home. What exactly does this mean? Take a look at the corners of your home that often can get overlooked. Are the corners of your rooms cluttered with furniture, piled high with clutter or even completely bare? All of these things can be a negative when it comes to selling your home.

Corners can bring two spaces of your home together just by adding a plant, a table or even putting a reading nook up to add interest. Keep your corner spaces simple and avoid adding too many photos or things in general, which will create a cluttered look.

Detail #2: Make the bed in every room. Details matter when selling a home and while it may sound like a basic step, it isn’t one that is always done when homes are being showed. Make sure every bed in your home is neatly made, giving the overall appearance of your home a cleaner and refined look.

Detail #3: Rethink the accessories in your home. Pay attention to what you have on display and where in your home. Are the accessories in your home complimenting the design? Or are they cluttering the space? Remove old, outdated or dingy items as well. You can easily add new life to a room by adding some new throw pillows on the couch and some new neutral towels to the bathrooms. It is also a good idea to add some natural elements like flowers to your home to bring some natural life and added color to the space.

Detail #4: If you are selling an older home, change the outlet covers and switch plates or give them a good cleaning with a microfiber cloth or Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Outlet covers are cheap to replace, so it often looks best to just comb over your home and give all of the outlets new coverings.

Detail #5: Utilize the vertical space in your home to your advantage. Sellers tend to leave items at eye level or below because it makes them easy to access. If you have tall and barren walls, it is a good idea to look for floating shelves or a vertical tall piece of furniture to fill those bare spaces.

Detail #6: Another item that gets overlooked when selling a home but can make a big impact is the hardware. Start in the front of your house and make notes throughout of places you can update and replace old hardware, what will aesthetically make a nice update to buyers.

Detail #7: Lastly, re-grout the tile in your home to prevent the homes age from showing through. The best places and places that need it the most to re-grout are in the bathroom, around the floor, walls, countertop and shower.
These simple 7 tips can make a world of difference your home when it comes time to sell.