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

Categories: Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: December 27, 2019 | Comments Off on Home listing photo do’s and don’ts from the experts

 

If part of your New Years plans include putting your home on the market, be sure you attract the right attention with your listing photos you place online for your home. If you have bad or non-professional listing photos, you are more than likely to have a lot of your buyers bypass your home as one they 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, be sure the first shot of your home that is on your listing is 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: December 20, 2019 | Comments Off on A first-time buyer guide to making an offer on a home

 

 

If a new home is on your Christmas list this season, you have probably been searching online, attending more open-houses than you would like to admit and already been approved for your loan. If Christmas has come early and you 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.

New Years Resolution: How To Make Your Home Healthier in 7 Days

Categories: Custom Home Builders in Pittsburgh, Custom Home in Pittsburgh, Homeowner Tips, Pittsburgh custom homebuilders | Posted: December 13, 2019 | Comments Off on New Years Resolution: How To Make Your Home Healthier in 7 Days

 

Healthy Home Tips

Healthy Home Tips

A New Year is right around the corner and if you have been thinking about New Years Resolutions to make for the New Year, Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh custom builder, shares how you can make your home and family healthier in 2020…in just one week!  Although new homes may be healthier because they come with the latest in design, materials and technology, it is still a good idea to put seven weekly habits in place to keep your home healthy for your family in the long run. A recent article from BrightNest highlights these seven habits to put into motion that will keep your home and family healthy.

Make Sunday your day for washing your pillows and sheets in hot water. The hot water will both kill the germs and reduce the dust.

On Monday, do a fridge check for the week and do an audit on perishable items. The most common things to check are things like meat, dairies, veggies and fruits or anything else that will perish quickly. Also, be sure that leftovers that are over four days old make their way to the trash. four days is the maximum amount you want to leave leftovers.

On Tuesday, take all your sponges and put them in the dishwasher. Then, wash them on your hottest cycle to disinfect them, without wasting them.

On Wednesday’s agenda, give your toothbrush a bath in boiling water to kill any germs and bacteria. Also, a good rule of thumb is that if you are just getting over being sick, throw away your toothbrush and get a new one. It’s better safe to keep any lingering germs in the trash.

On Thursday, use a disinfectant spray and wipe down your fridge and microwave handle, as well as the light switches. This is also anther great tip to keep germs from spreading if there are any sick ones in the house.

On Friday, celebrate the weekend and do a random favor for your neighbor or someone in your home. It will not only make them feel better, but you as well! Nothing beats a starting off the weekend in a good mood!

On Saturday, shift the focus back to you and keep your positive mood going. Be sure to open your shades and let any or all-natural light into your home. This helps boost you and your family’s mood!

These small tips can be done each day of the week and will make a big impact on your health and the health of your family over 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.

8 Smart Things To Do with Your Money in Your 30’s

Categories: Buying a Home, Homeowner Tips, Pittsburgh custom homebuilders, Pittsburgh New Home Builder | Posted: December 6, 2019 | Comments Off on 8 Smart Things To Do with Your Money in Your 30’s

 

8 smart things to do with money in your 30's

8 smart things to do with money in your 30’s

As a new year approaches, many people find themselves thinking about areas in their life they would like to improve on for the new year. For many it may be to exercise more, lose some weight, or do more reading and less screen time. If you are in your 30’s or nearing them, have you considered making it a goal to focus on what you do with your money? If you’re looking for a Pittsburgh new new homebuilder, chances are you should read on to make sure your money is going where it should. Parry Custom Homes has some great tips for financial advice from TIME for those in their 30’s.

Normally financial advice is given to college or post-college students as they enter their careers. However, by the time most hit their 30’s, chances are they are at a more secure position financially than in their 20’s.

When you are no longer living from paycheck to paycheck, what are the best things to be doing with your leftover money? According to Solari Financial Planning, making savings goals a priority is first. The 30’s tend to be a time where you will need extra savings as you embark on a new home, kids and a car.

Mint and You Need A Budget are two great online tools that allow you to create savings goals and check your progress. If you are planning to buy a new home, it is ideal to have 20% to put down towards that new home. If you don’t have the 20%, you will have to pay for private mortgage insurance (PMI), which can add to your monthly payment for your new home.

It is best to take a look at how much you need to save to put down 20% and then see how to make sure you’re buying a home you can afford.

Another shocking figure if you are planning to have children- the average cost to raise a child is $245,000 and that doesn’t include college expenses. The best way to prepare yourself for these expenses is to start setting aside money as soon as possible.

Insurance in general such as life, heath, home and disability often gets put on the back burner for savings but it is very important to make this a part of your plans to protect not only yourself, but your families’ well-being as well.

If you take all of these tips into consideration, you will be well prepared to take on your 30’s this New Year and for many years to come!

 

 

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.