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Home listing photo do’s and don’ts from the experts

Categories: Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: February 23, 2018 | Comments Off on Home listing photo do’s and don’ts from the experts

 

If your home is ready for its close up and ready for buyers to come see if it is the right fit for them, be sure you attract the right attention with your listing photos you place on line for your home. If you have bad or non-professional listing photos, your more than likely to have a lot of your buyers bypass your home as one they even want to consider as they are shopping around. On the flipside, if you have great listing photos you can have showings non-stop and a buyer even quicker! Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot homebuilder, showcases nine tips to give your home the best first impression to buyers searching online.

First, the first shot of your home that is on your listing needs to be the exterior of the home. If you place an interior shot as the opening shot, most buyers will assume something is wrong with the exterior of the house and won’t even bother to click on your home to see what it looks like. So be sure to have a curb shot taken that shows the entire home with space around it, and be sure not to have any cars or outside objects in the photo (think trash cans, kids toys, and so on.)

Next, if you are taking the photos yourself be sure that your photos are all perfectly centered and they aren’t taken at any angle making it look like the house is slanted or leaning.

Third, be sure your home entryway is setup and shot to welcome visitors. Take a photo of your entryway and leave the front door open to send a welcoming message to buyers that your door is open and ready for them to see up close and personal.

Fourth, be sure to take down all signage that could scare buyers off. If you have a ‘beware of dog’ sign or security stickers or signs all around your home, that sends the opposite of a welcoming message to your buyers and may worry them that the home is unsafe or has been robbed before.

Fifth, do consider taking a bird’s eye view of your home. This allows them to see the property. Especially if you have land, a pool, lake or waterfront location, you can easily showcase this with an aerial shot.

The sixth thing you will want to be sure and capture in your homes photos, is the selling points of your home and take several photos of them. If you have huge closets, showcase them! If you have a newly updated kitchen with great appliances, be sure to take several photos both far away and up close to highlight those things.

The seventh thing to be sure and not do (and really this should be number one) is be sure not to capture yourself in the reflection of any mirror in your photos! Nothing screams unprofessional photos more than a buyer being caught on photo taking pictures of their bathrooms.

The eighth thing you will want to do, is be sure and stage the rooms of your home before you go through and get room shots. If you still have furniture in your home, it needs to be showcased nicely, neat and tidy. There should be no clutter, trash, or personalized things on the walls that will make it scream “your home” and not someone else’s vision for the home.

Lastly, be sure when you take photos of your home that the only thing in the photos are the rooms themselves. Check to make sure no pets, kids, toys and so on slip into the pictures. If your cat is seen sleeping on the couch, and a buyer shopping doesn’t like cats or is allergic to them, they may not even want to visit your home after seeing your cat in the photos! You might think your pets are adorable, but keep them to family photos and not your homes listing photos.

 

These nine simple tips can have your home looking it’s best and give it the best chance to be sold in no 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.

A first-time buyer guide to making an offer on a home

Categories: Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: February 16, 2018 | Comments Off on A first-time buyer guide to making an offer on a home

 

 

If you have been searching for your first home, attended more open-houses than you would like to admit, been approved for your loan and finally found the home that feels like “the one,” you might be ready to make your first offer! Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares tips on what you should know when making an offer on a home.

First, have confidence in your search experience. If you have been looking for homes for a while, narrowed down what you want and need in a home and the location in which you want to live, don’t second guess yourself when it comes time to make an offer on a home! Trust the time and effort you have put into the experience will lead you to the right home.

Next, learn everything you can before deciding on your offer. For example, know the story of the listing. Know how long the home has been on the market, if there are other offers on the table, and if there is a certain day or time that the sellers are going to look at the offers. Knowing these things in advance can be crucial in not only what you offer, but when you need to have an offer made by.

Then, you want to review the comps in the area that you are looking to make an offer. Your agent should send you the last six months of recent sales data to review and compare in terms of what is a fair offer for the home your are interested in.

Be sure to look at the most recent pending sales in the area. Those will represent the most recent sales in the market and you can figure out a ballpark selling price.

Next, be sure to give your lender a heads up before you make an official offer. You will need to get a pre-approval letter to go with your offer and you will also want to be sure and have updated mortgage rates since these changes daily.

Then, discuss the terms that you want to plan for such as how long will your inspections take, do you want to close quickly or do you need longer, and so on. Remember that terms can be a make or break deal as well. If the seller wants a quick close, they will most likely go with the buyer that can give them that. If you are competing with an all-cash offer, make sure your loan terms are foolproof.

Lastly, remember that there are indeed other houses out there! Sometimes you don’t get the first home you put an offer on. While it can be disheartening, there are always other homes for sale at any given time.

So, keep on searching for your new home until you find (and close) on the home of your dreams!

 

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.

Top considerations before tackling a DIY bathroom project

Categories: Pittsburgh home builders, Pittsburgh New Home Builder, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: February 9, 2018 | Comments Off on Top considerations before tackling a DIY bathroom project

 

If you are planning to sell your home this spring or just simply plan on making some updates to your own home this year, the bathrooms in a home are a main make or break decision maker that buyers look for in a new home, as well as the place in which homeowners spend a good deal of time in as they get ready for and wind down each day. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot homebuilder, shares tips on what to be aware of before you tackle your bathroom remodeling project.

One of the first things you need to do before even going to the store to look at items for your bathroom remodel, is to properly layout and space the bathroom and the adjustments or renovations you plan to make.

A far too common mistake when homeowners try to tackle a DIY bathroom project, is underestimating the amount of space in their bathrooms. You may be eager to find great new items for your bathroom, such as new cabinets, sinks, storage, etc. however, you need to be sure you measure and apply what makes sense for the space you have before purchasing anything. Just because something may fit in your bathroom, doesn’t mean it is the right size for the space.

The next thing you need to think about and plan, is where things need to go and what makes sense for room and location. For example, if you are redoing the shower in the bathroom, be sure to leave more than enough room so that shower doors can fully open and close to get in and out of easy. Also, be sure if there are doors in the bathroom, all doors can open without bumping into anything.

Then there are smaller things to consider, such as the number of outlets and the location of those outlets. For example, you will want to have outlets by the sink so that you could plug in hair dryers, lights and so on. You also need to be sure to position things like towel and toilet paper holders at the right height and location.

The next thing you want to do is be sire not to choose the wrong materials for your bathroom. For example, be sure to only select materials that can stand up to harsh cleaners, as well as the moisture that you will run into in a bathroom space. Do not go with any porous materials that will retain moisture and cause hidden mold to grow over time.

Another item on your list you will need to be sure is at the top of your list, is proper ventilation for your bathroom. If you forget this step or don’t allow for proper ventilation, your bathroom can end up with mold, mildew and other costly problems as time goes on. It is also very uncomfortable to be in a bathroom that has poor ventilation. One small but powerful thing to do is be sure to install a quality ventilation fan. These can typically cover any size bathroom and will do wonders in keeping any mold or mildew at bay.

Once you have these items in place, be sure to think about your bathroom lighting. While this often falls as one of the last items on a bathroom to-do list, as you very well may know poor bathroom lighting can cause major issues. No one wants to have to get ready in a dimly lit bathroom, so be sure to install the correct type of lighting as well as the correct amount of lighting to your liking.

Lastly, don’t let storage fall by the wayside. Especially if you are selling your home, a major downfall of buyers losing interest in a home is if there is little to no storage in the bathrooms. Be sure to consider things like toiletry, towels, paper products and so on that most homeowners like to keep in their bathrooms and want to have room for.

 

These simple tips will give you the best chance at a great DIY bathroom project!

 

 

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.