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A Guideline For the First 24 Hours You Move Into Your New Home

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: November 30, 2018 | Comments Off on A Guideline For the First 24 Hours You Move Into Your New Home


New Home in Pittsburgh

New Home in Pittsburgh

So you have purchased your new home in Pittsburgh from Parry Custom Homes and are all set to move in- congrats! We all know that moving can bring a lot of stress and chaos as you move from one place to another. Since all homebuyers deal with the same issues in moving, Parry Custom Homes has developed an easy “top seven” list of things to do in the first 24 hours of moving into your new Parry home. Follow these simple rules and you’ll be ready to take on your move.

  1. Document your belongings. This may sound boring, but for your homeowners insurance and your peace of mind, now is a good time to record your valuables that are in the house for worst-case scenario purposes.
  2. Do a quick cleaning. Even though you might be moving into a brand new home, dust or construction debris might still be looming among certain areas of the home. Before you move your furniture in, do a clean sweep of your home and get out the vacuum to clean up any extra dust that may be sitting in the house.
  3. Pull together all of your furniture and put it where it is supposed to go. The best place to start is with the furniture that needs to be assembled. Then, put it in a rough location of where you plan for it to be located. The actual positioning and decorating can wait, but this way everything can have a place in your home.
  4. Put all of the boxes in the right rooms. You don’t have to unpack the boxes, just make sure they go into the room they belong in so in the following days (or weeks) you can unpack everything room by room.
  5. Take out and arrange your daily necessity items you will need right away. Things like your toothbrush, towels, coffee maker, and so on. This will save you from digging in boxes late at night, yet again.
  6. One of the most important things to do in the first 24 hours is to put together and make your bed! This way, at the end of the day when you’re spent from moving, you can just fall into bed and not have to worry about putting it together.
  7. Lastly, if and when you come across your new neighbors, introduce yourself! It’s always good to establish friendly terms early on.


These seven tips will help make the first 24 hours in your new home a much more peaceful and less chaotic transition! After all, you have a beautiful new home to enjoy!


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.

New Vs. Used Homes: What will it really cost?

Categories: Homeowner News, Homeowner Tips, New Homes in Pittsburgh | Posted: November 20, 2018 | Comments Off on New Vs. Used Homes: What will it really cost?


New Home Advantages

New Home Advantages

If you are a buyer in today’s market looking for new homes in Pittsburgh, very likely you may be facing the choice of buying a new home versus purchasing a resale home. Especially with how hot the housing market has been the past few years, more and more buyers are coming against the age-old “new versus used” dilemma. While a move-in ready resale home at a lesser price may sound appealing, if both options are on the table it may be a better and healthier option for your family to strongly consider a brand new home. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares reasons why new homes can be the best route to go for your family and your health.

When it comes to resale versus new homes, what exactly makes a new home healthier for your family?

A new home is dry which reduces the risks and worries of hidden mold for your family. Mold is a common culprit when buying an older home and with a new home, you’re able to remove that risk for your family.

A new home is also a pest-free home, which means you can lessen your exposure to pests and not have to worry about calling pest control the first week living in your home. New homes also provide safety when it comes to fall and burn opportunities, which can create more peace of mind when moving in.

Two other big pluses with a new home are the fact they are contaminant fee and new homes reduce the levels of lead and other harmful chemicals that are in the home. It also will be well ventilated, pushing contaminants away from living areas.

Choosing a new home will also more likely than not, give you the benefits of more energy savings components like thermal control. The major push and advancement in the preservation of energy in building means your new home is less likely to have extreme temperature swings.

Lastly, when choosing a new home you wont have to worry about how the previous owner maintained the home. Resale homes can look nice from the exterior, but sometimes it is what is hidden behind the walls that can come up later to haunt you (and your wallet.)



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.


Fall maintenance tips you can do this weekend

Categories: Homeowner Tips, On your lot builder Pittsburg, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: November 16, 2018 | Comments Off on Fall maintenance tips you can do this weekend


Fall Home Decoration Tips

Fall Home Maintenance Tips

Each season that comes around also seems to come with a list of home maintenance tips that you should do for the upcoming season, to keep your house in good condition. Now that fall is on officially in full swing and Thanksgiving is less thank a week away, it is time to pay attention to the fall maintenance items that should be on your to do list this fall season. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares  fall maintenance tips that are easy to do and will keep your home in top shape for many seasons to come when executed each season!

A good first fall maintenance tip is to schedule a furnace maintenance call. Once the cold season strikes, your local HVAC service is going to be busy making house calls. Prevent being on a waiting list by getting a head start early and having someone come out and make sure your furnace is running properly. Typically, you can also get better deals in the late summer when you catch any issue opposed to the prime season in the colder months. The last thing you want to run into when hosting friends or family this holiday season is a cold house because your systems aren’t running properly!

The second tip starts on the interior of your home. Before you turn on the heat for the first time when cooler weather rolls in, be sure to check all of your safety devices to ensure the work properly. Replace the batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors and your smoke detectors to make sure they are running properly.

It is also to replace the batteries to these devices at the same time. Another easy tip that many people don’t think about is to make sure your fire extinguisher is not expired.

On the outside of your home, take a look around your home and check for any cracks in your homes foundation and seal them if necessary. Also close up any cracks in your foundation near windows or doors, because those can also let in critters like mice once the cold kicks in.

Do a check of your roof as well and make sure there aren’t any problems before the cold of winter rolls in. Any loose shingles should be replaced and you should also do a check of your gutters while you are on the roof to make sure they are clean and not filled with leaves or debris.

Lastly, before the cold weather hits this fall do yourself a favor and replace your door and window screens with storm windows. As an added benefit, add weather stripping to doors and windows to help keep cool air from seeping inside.

These simple fall maintenance tips will ensure you stay warm in your home when cold weather strikes.




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

Considering moving to a community with an HOA?

Categories: Custom Home in Pittsburgh, Homeowner Tips, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: November 9, 2018 | Comments Off on Considering moving to a community with an HOA?


The low down on HOA's

The low down on HOA’s

Are you a first time homeowner searching for a Pittsburgh on your lot builder, or you are looking for a new home but haven’t lived in a place where there was a Homeowners Association? You many not be sure what all a homeowners association does or why they can be helpful to have. If you are looking at homes with an HOA or are considering if that is something you would like to have for your new home, Parry Custom Homes gives an overview on what an HOA is and what to expect in your new neighborhood.

When searching for a new home, you may notice that many homes include an HOA fee in the monthly or yearly dues, depending on the development. Whether it be a monthly fee or a yearly fee, not everyone knows what a Homeowners Association does or why it is important to them.

HOA’s were created to help ensure that the community you buy your home in looks its best and functions as smooth as possible. For example, if you have a community swimming pool and the pump in the pool stops working, you need someone to be able to fix that issue ASAP. This is what the HOA is in place for. They will call someone to come take care of it before the water turns green or becomes toxic.

Today, nearly 1 in 4 Americans live in a community where an HOA is in place. Back in 1970, only 1 percent of people lived in an HOA community.

To cover the fees of running the neighborhood and keeping the amenities, services and conditions in order, your HOA will collect either a monthly or yearly fee that goes towards these expenses.  For a typical single family home, HOA fees can cost homeowners around $200 to $500 per month, depending on the services they are providing to you. Some communities may be much less or much more if lawn care or other “extras” are or are not included in your HOA agreement.

If you are planning on buying a home within an HOA run community, be sure to read over their rules before signing your life away to the home. Some HOA’s are stricter that others and ban any additions that you may have considered adding to your home. These can be things such as pools, fences, storage sheds, and even the paint colors used on your home.

Typically, the larger the home is the more the HOA fee will cost. This is because the larger the home and the more people in the home, the higher the cost will be to keep the amenities up.

All HOA’s have boards that are made up of homeowners in the neighborhood and are typically elected by all of the homeowners in the community. The board members gather to discuss major decisions and issues within the community. For any major expenditures, the members of the HOA typically will vote.

An HOA can be a great benefit for your new home when you understand the rules and requirements needed for your community, to keep it looking nice and running smooth for the long run.



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

Need To Sell Your Home This Winter?

Categories: Homeowner News, New Homes in Pittsburgh | Posted: November 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Need To Sell Your Home This Winter?


If you’re currently in the market for a new home in Pittsburgh, or know that is on the horizon for you as winter approaches, you may thing you need to hold off until spring before putting your home on the market. Many homeowners hesitate to list their current home for sale during the winter months. The winter months typically are looked down upon for listing homes and some realtors may even recommend you wait until spring. However, Parry Custom Homes showcases why a recent study by Redfin proves that selling your home in the winter months might actually be a good thing.

While spring may be the home-shopping season for most, listing your home for sale in the winter can give you the upper hand in a lot of cases. When buyers are shopping for homes in the winter, they tend to have more of a sense of urgency. Redfin, an online brokerage, found that the average seller nets more than asking price during the months of December through March, than they do from June through November. Homes listed in winter also sold faster than homes listed in the spring, surprisingly enough.

These findings may have many people in a rush to put their home up for sale before Spring, but timing for home sales is always based on supply and demand. The best way to check your area to see when might be the best time for you to sell your home. If you aren’t on a time crunch, it is important to understand your local climate.

Check the number of days on the market for your city and the recently sold listings. If most homes re sitting for more than 60 days, it will be safer to hold off until spring when more buyers enter the market. However, if properties are selling quickly then you can take that as a green light to list your home.

A few tips to help your home sell fast are:

  • Price Your Home Right. If homes are going on the market as quick as they are going off, then you have the flexibility to test the market and price it higher. However, if it is the dead of winter and the market is not as bust, it’s best to price it reasonable to draw in buyers.
  • Schedule a tune-up. Be sure the main issues buyers look at like heating and maintenance are up to speed, as well as clean gutters, air filters, and clean windows are in place. A well kept home is a home that will sell much faster.
  • Brighten your home. Often times, the winter months are gray and gloomy. Be sure to make your home warm and inviting from the minute the buyer drives up. Warm up your curb appeal with clean landscaping and cool-weather plants, and make sure chipped paint and cracked window seals are taken care of. A welcoming house will sell, even in the winter months.

These simple tips could have you in your new home come spring, opposed to just getting around to setting your home then.


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