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Looking For A New Home with Great Schools?

Categories: Buying a Home, Homeowner Tips, New Homes in Pittsburgh, On Your Lot Builder Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: April 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Looking For A New Home with Great Schools?

 

New Home, New School

New Home, New School

Are your looking for a Pittsburgh on your lot builder this spring to build your new home? If so and you have kids, finding the right location where you can ensure your kids will go to great schools is probably at the top of your “must” list for your new home. So what are the best practices to ensure you find a new home with great schools? Parry Custom Homes shares tips to put in place that will help you find the best new home and the best schools for your kids.

To no surprise, the neighborhoods with the best schools also have the priciest homes. When the demand is high, as it is now in the housing market, you can expect the home prices to go up even more. Avoid sacrificing too much for a quality school district, because you need enough bedrooms, baths and space in a new home to live comfortably.

First, be sure to do your research. There is plenty of information online that will allow you to get started with an online search to determine the best school district, or even a specific school, you would like to send your child. There are several sites that offer test scores, rankings and demographic information that can be really helpful in determining what schools will be the best fit for your kids. There is even information to let you know the student-teacher ratio, student diversity by race and gender, and whether or not the school has a free lunch program.

Before you get too caught up on test scores and how the school rates in math, science and social studies, make sure you take your own child’s needs into account first. Just because one school has slightly lower scores than another, doesn’t mean that it wont be a great fit socially for your child. Examining a school from a wider range perspective can help you avoid ruling it out based on one single data point, especially if that school happens to be in a neighborhood you can more comfortably afford.

Lastly, before you buy a home be sure to visit the school. A tour of the school will give you and your child the opportunity to sit in a class, visit with the staff, and see if that school is the right environment for your child to learn. Also make note of the PTA participation, after-school activities and opportunities you as a parent have to be involved in the school to make it better.

These simple guidelines can help you pick both the perfect new home and perfect schools, for you child to attend with no worries.

 

 

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.

Spring Cleaning: Home Maintenance Tips

Categories: Homeowner Tips, New Homes in Pittsburgh, On your lot builder Pittsburg | Posted: April 20, 2018 | Comments Off on Spring Cleaning: Home Maintenance Tips

 

Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

As we move into spring and the temperatures grow warmer, many people find the itch for spring cleaning setting in. It is always good to keep up on your home maintenance year round, so that your home always stays in good condition and you can preserve the value of it over time. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares the best home maintenance tips to put into play this spring.

No matter the age or size of your home, it is just like your car and needs to be maintained in order to run efficiently over the long haul. Keeping up on how your home ages, needs to hit the main spots of a “dry, clean, well-ventilated, free from contaminants, pest-free, well-maintained and overall safe” home.

Water leaks are a big thing that many homes suffer from, no matter how small. Even though your leaky faucet may not seem like a big deal now, one faucet that drips equates to $20 a year and 10,000 gallons of water. The most common offenders in your home for this type of thing will be toilets that run, and faucets or shower heads that drip.

Most of these issues are also easily fixable! If you have a wrench and a screwdriver, most leaks you will be able to fix yourself.

Other than leaks in your home, these items should be on your home maintenance to-do list:

Clean your stove vent screen and check for build-up on the inside of the vent every couple of months.

Clean the lint trap and outside dryer exhaust.

Check for signs of pests in your home.

Test all GFCI outlets in the home (with the button in the middle.)

Vacuum under and behind the fridge- a must once you realize what is behind there!

Lastly, be sure to change out the batteries in your smoke detectors twice a year and make sure they are working. Also, be sure to clean your gutters in the fall and in the spring once the tree blooms are gone.

Whether you plan to stay in your home forever, or just plan to be in your home until you outgrow it, keeping up on the maintenance of your home will save you big in the long run. Keeping your home up to par will preserve the value and allow you to ask for top dollar, when it comes time to sell.

 

 

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.

Millennials buying homes in the suburbs

Categories: Buying a Home, Custom Home in Pittsburgh, Homeowner News | Posted: April 13, 2018 | Comments Off on Millennials buying homes in the suburbs
Millenial Buyers

Millenial Buyers

If you are currently looking for a Pittsburgh custom home, you most likely are one of many currently looking for a new home as spring is officially in full swing and the buying market is heating up. If you are looking in more suburban locations of Pittsburgh, you may have noticed that the age of those looking around you is younger than you might be used to or anticipated. You yourself might be a millennial looking for a new home in the suburban areas of Pittsburgh. Parry Custom Homes explains why there is a trend of younger buyers in suburbia then we may have seen in past years.

Believe it or not, the National Association of Realtors’ Home Buyer and Seller Generation Trends report recently released an article that said people who are 35 years of age and younger make up the largest group of homebuyers in the market today, and 67% of those buyers are first-time homebuyers.

What is even more interesting is that many people are under the impression that millennials have no interest in homeownership and have no interest in buying a home in the suburbs. However, this has not been the case in the most recent years as the market has reflected. Millennials continue to make up the largest share of homebuyers in annual surveys conducted by the National Association of Realtors and 2016 is no different.

So why is it that the age of those buying in the suburbs is getting younger than we have seen in years past?

As millennials age, they have become more traditional in their buying habits. This means, you can find them choosing homes in the suburbs rather than city living like many might think.

Some 35% of buyers in 2015 were millennials, up from 32% in 2014, and their median age was 30, according to NAR. Those in the ages of 36 to 50, made up 26% of buyers, the second-largest group, and had a median age of 42.

So, if you happen to be a millennial looking for a home in the suburbs in today’s market, know that you are not alone and you may have a lot more in common with your new neighbors than you might have planned- age being one of them.

No matter what stage of life you may be in, whether you’re starting out with your first home or looking to downsize from your long-time family home, Parry Custom Homes is able to cater to all buyers in the market and help them find the right fit for their lifestyle and life stage.

 

 

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.

Mountain Ridge Estates- A great place to call home!

Categories: Custom Home in Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: April 6, 2018 | Comments Off on Mountain Ridge Estates- A great place to call home!

 

If you are planning to buy a new home this spring and are searching for the perfect place to build your new home, look no further! Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, is proud to share a beautiful new home community located in North Huntingdon, PA that would be an ideal location to call home.

Located in Westmoreland County, this beautiful new home community provides two cul-de-sac streets, which are ideal if you have kids at home or if you crave more privacy and a less busy atmosphere in terms of traffic around you.

Mountain Ridge Estates comes by its name honestly, as it sits atop the ridge of a mountain! It has the most picturesque views you can find and the wooded backyards offered in this community add to the overall appeal and charm. Imagine having your morning coffee and getting to enjoy the views this community has to offer- everyday!

You can also get the privacy and wonderful scenery from the private wooded lots that surround this beautiful community. There are 23 acres of green space and land that has been left undeveloped, so you can get out and enjoy the beautiful spring air as nicer weather comes to your doorstep this season.

What makes this community even better, is the location! Mountain Ridge Estates is conveniently located just 16 miles from Pittsburgh and just 5 miles north of Monroeville. So, not only can you enjoy a great location, privacy and scenery but you can still be close to all of the action Pittsburgh has to offer whenever you choose!

Those with children of school age or who will be of school age in the future, will be thrilled to know that this wonderful community is also  location in the Norwin School District, which has consistently been listed high amount the school rankings in Westmoreland County as well as across the greater Pittsburgh area.

This neighborhood offers approximately 48 home sites, so once they are purchased this amazing opportunity and location will be gone! Be sure and contact the team at Parry Custom Homes to learn more about how they can help you build your new home in this amazing location.

 

 

 

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.