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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 | No Comments »

 

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.

Considering the switch to LED bulbs?

Categories: Custom Home Builders in Pittsburgh, Homeowner Tips, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: November 27, 2019 | Comments Off on Considering the switch to LED bulbs?
LED lights in your home

LED lights in your home

If you have begun putting up your holiday decorations, you may have switched over your holiday decor lighting to an LED option, to prevent having to re-string your garland so often. Over the past couple of years, LED bulbs have been the all of the rage when it comes to home lighting. Known for their versatility, long life and cost effectiveness, it is easy to see why they would be an attractive option to switch to in your home. However, all LED lights are not created equal. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, has what you need to know before you head out to the store to buy new lights for your entire house.

A common misconception when it comes to wattage is that the number of watts will determine how bright the bulb is. This is actually false. The number of watts refers to how much energy the bulb draws. For incandescent lights, this is an accepted correlation between watts and the brightness of the bulbs. However, LED lights are much different. A 60-watt incandescent light would be comparable to an LED light that is just 8 to 12 watts.

Because there are so many varieties of LED lights, it will not be the same as going to the store and picking up an incandescent light like you have been use to in the past. When shopping for new LED bulbs, you will no longer be looking at the watts of the bulb, like you are accustomed too.

However, don’t worry about having to go into a light store and do the math. There is a uniform way to convert incandescent watts to LED watts. Lumens is the new form of measurement for LED lights.

The Lumen (lm) is the true measurement of brightness provided by a light bulb and this is the number you will want to look for when you go out shopping for your LED lights. An incandescent light can draw up to five times as many watts for the same number of lumens.

LED lights also come in a wide variety of colors. A traditional iridescent light has a warm, yellowish hue. However, when you switch over to LED bulbs, you will have a choice in what color you prefer.  The most popular colors of LED bulbs are warm white, soft white or bright white.

The warm white and soft white LED bulbs will be the most comparable in color to your traditional incandescent bulbs, while the bright white color option will produce a brighter light that will be similar to daytime light or the light you see in retail stores.

If you want to get really specific with the color, the color of an LED light (which is actually the temperature) is measured in kelvins. The lower the number, the more yellow the light will be. A typical incandescent light is between 2,700 and 3,500k in comparison.

These simple tips will make selecting the new LED lights in your home a breeze!

 

 

 

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.

 Winter is Coming! Home Heating Tips For Your Home

Categories: Custom Home Builders in Pittsburgh, Custom Home in Pittsburgh, New Homes in Pittsburgh, On Your Lot Builder Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: November 22, 2019 | Comments Off on  Winter is Coming! Home Heating Tips For Your Home
Home Heating Tips

Home Heating Tips

As the winter season approaches this holiday season, you may feel like the furnace in your home never stops running. Did you know there are common mistakes many homeowners make when it comes to heating their home? Who knew there were so many common faux pas to home heating? Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares the top five heating mistakes you might be making in your home that can be costing you more money than you realize.

First, be sure not to abuse your thermostat. If you come in from outdoors and you’re chilled and want to warm up fast, the key is not to crank up your thermostat. In fact, no matter how high your temperature is set on your furnace, the heat isn’t going to come out any faster or warm you up any quicker. So, keep your heat at it’s normally temperature and just warm up with an extra blanket or sweatshirt until your body catches up!

Second, don’t let your windows leak! If a drafty window is left alone it can consume up to 30 percent of your home’s energy usage! If you have older windows and feel like your energy bill is higher each year, this is the culprit. Check your windows by putting your hand around the perimeter of each window. If you can feel cold air seeping in, it means that your heat is leaking out! If locking your windows doesn’t stop the draft, seal the leaks with caulk along your window’s seal.

The next is to not leave your bathroom air exhaust fan on for too long. Leaving this fan on for too long will take the warm hair from inside and pump it outside. Not what you want in the middle of winter! The best use for your exhaust fans is best to use them after a steamy shower to prevent mold and mildew growth.

The fourth tip for your home (and commonly made) mistake many homeowners make, is closing vents in unused rooms. It may seem like a logical thing to do, but blocking heat access by closing vents is actually less efficient than heating unused rooms and won’t save you any money. To add to it, doing this can actually imbalance your home’s energy system which intern, strains your furnace and creates the cold room effect. The best rule of thumb is to leave vents and doors open and allow your homes HVAC system to circulate evenly.

Lastly, using a dirty air filter will be a major no-no you’ll want to correct. Dirty air filters reduce the airflow in your home, forcing your furnace to work harder. Plus, it creates more dust and increases the air pollution in your home. Check and replace your air filters on a regular basis so you can help the heat in your home run as efficiently as possible.

These simple tips will not only keep your home energy running efficiently but keep you warm no matter the time of year you need it!

 

 

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.

Want to Redecorate From Your Couch?

Categories: Custom Home Builders in Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh custom homebuilders, Pittsburgh custom homes | Posted: September 13, 2019 | Comments Off on Want to Redecorate From Your Couch?

New tools like virtual reality measuring apps and online mood boards are using augmented reality and virtual reality technology to help homeowners find easier and quicker ways to decorate their homes. These new tools let homeowners envision new wall colors, furniture and curtains without having to take them home. That means no more buying extra paint for samples or paying return fees on a chair that turns out to be too big for the room. If you are in the market for a Pittsburgh custom home or if you’ve recently moved into your new Parry Custom  Home, try these tips before doing any actual decorating to prevent any mishaps.

A great online home retailer to try is Wayfair.com. They are digitizing their catalog and testing augmented reality and virtual reality apps as well as 3D models of its products. The company is set to release an augmented reality app for Google Tango, which uses software and sensors to track motions and size up the contours of rooms.

The Wayfair tool lets people see how pieces of furniture and decor will look and fit in their homes through the display on a smartphone. Shoppers use headgear like an Oculus Rift that allows them to customize a room by setting the model, material and layout of the furnishings.

Most buyers might be familiar with the all-in-one site Houzz.com, which not only helps shoppers get inspiration and narrow their choices down from its more than five million products from over 10,000 sellers. In addition, it also helps people find local professionals to install items they may have bought for their new home.

Houzz company recently launched an augmented reality app called “View in My Room” that allows shoppers to experiment with home decor options by virtually placing products from its online store into their home before you buy. The goal of this is to convert browsers into buyers.

Home Depot has an app that lets customers upload a picture of the room and thumb through thousands of paint and stain colors until they arrive at one that’s right. The app can detect the lighting, shadows and other variables in the space or project and adapt the color to fit.

Ikea has an an augmented reality option within its app that interacts with their seasonan catalogs.

With all of the apps and interactive tools out there to help homeowners decorate their home before actually buying and paint or décor, it is worth trying out to save yourself extra trips to the paint store or wasted money on items that you might not actually like once they are in your home.

 

 

 

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

 

 

Your Morning Routine Requires More Energy Than You Realize

Categories: Custom Home Builders in Pittsburgh, Homeowner News, New Homes in Pittsburgh, On your lot builder Pittsburg, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: July 20, 2018 | Comments Off on Your Morning Routine Requires More Energy Than You Realize

 

Daily Energy

Daily Energy

How much energy do you think it takes to power the life you live on a day-to-day basis? A recent article on SaveOnEnergy.com highlighted how much energy it can take to just fuel your morning routine on a daily basis. If you’re currently on the hunt for a Pittsburgh On Your Lot builder this spring to build your new home, you can probably only imagine how much energy that takes from your days as you search online for hours at a time. Parry Custom Homes, shares a breakdown of how we use our energy on a daily basis, for the good and for the bad.

When doing your day to day tasks, you may not realize how much energy you use on a daily basis. However, when you consider all of the electronics that are involved in your day to day life, there is a lot of energy being spent in your daily routine that you probably never stopped to realize!

In today’s modern living society, we are able to use energy without even having to work for it or think about where it comes from. To make it easier to understand the energy usage of basic daily activities, researchers at the online energy marketplace SaveOnEnergy.com converted these tasks into units of human activity. Any physical action like walking up a flight of stairs, taking out the trash, lifting weights after work, uses energy just like the electricity in our homes does. Comparing the two shows how much we benefit from electric power permeating our daily lives.

Checking your email and reading the news on your iPad requires little energy to do. However, it truly requires the same energy as climbing almost 29 flights of stairs. That is nothing however, compared to the energy it takes to make a cup of coffee. That task requires the same energy it would take to scale 383 flights of stares, which would be the same as climbing the total of two Empire State Buildings.

 

 

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.

Is your dream home out of your price range?

Categories: Buying a Home, Custom Home Builders in Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: June 29, 2018 | Comments Off on Is your dream home out of your price range?
Make your dream home a reality

Make your dream home a reality

Summer is in full swing and with that comes many buyers in the housing market for a new home. If you are currently on the hunt for your “dream home” this summer, you may realize now more than ever it might come with a hefty price tag. However, don’t lose hope in being able to afford your dream home just yet. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder shares a few budget tips that might allow you to call your dream home yours! A recent article in Realtor.com explains how with a few tips to consider.

The first tip for your dream home is to negotiate the price. You might be surprised on what sellers, agents and buyers are willing to negotiate on. A seller may be extremely motivated to move due to a move, relocation, work, and so on. Smart haggling is a great way to help you afford your dream home.

The second tip is to consider another option for your mortgage, such as a five, seven or even 10-year adjustable rate mortgage. Many buyers, especially first time buyers or millennials, ask for a 30-year fixed mortgage. Often times millennials would be better off with the adjustable rate mortgage option.

Now days most buyers will be selling their home in less than 10 years, so opting into a different loan type can translate into lower payments upfront. You can also look at creative options for your private mortgage insurance, like having it paid by the lender or seller. This can also help you lower your monthly payment.

The third tip is to see if the more expensive home you want, might save you in other areas. For example, will your commute be shorter to work? Is it in a better school district so you won’t have to pay for private school tuition? See if there are ways you can save to make up for the larger mortgage payment.

The last tip is to see if an energy efficient newer home might make up some of your monthly cost over an older home? Often times a higher-priced home can actually cost the same as a lower-priced one when you do the math and play with certain factors.

These simple and easy pointers might have you comfortably living in your dream home after all!

 

 

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

 

Is it a bad idea to buy a home while still paying off student loans?

Categories: Buying a Home, Custom Home Builders in Pittsburgh, On your lot builder Pittsburg, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: March 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Is it a bad idea to buy a home while still paying off student loans?

 

Is now the right time to buy a home?

Is now the right time to buy a home?

The millennial market has been a hot market that has picked up pace in homebuying over the last few years. There are many millennias that have yet to purchase a new home but are becoming increasingly more attracted to the idea of not throwing away money each month to rent. However, sometimes the ever looming debt of high student loans makes millennias hold off on buying a home. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares why student loans don’t need to scare buyers away from investing in a new home that will serve them better in the long run.

Since purchasing a new home is one of the biggest financial decisions anyone will make in their life, it is best to weigh the pros and cons of of buying a new home is the right decision for you.

First, student loan debt goes towards your education, which cannot be taken away. However, if you purchase a house outside what you can afford each month, your house is something that can and will be taken away from you. Make sure you can afford to own a home in the long run.

Second, decide if it makes sense for you to become a homeowner at this stage of your life. Writing a check each month for rent may seem like you’re throwing money away, however piling mortgage debt on top of student loan debt can create a long-term budget crunch that you don’t want to get yourself trapped into, if you aren’t ready financially.

Along with your credit score, your debt-to-income ratio is the most important thing to look at before considering buying a home. It is also the first thing banks will look at before issuing a loan for a home as well. Your loan amount will be dependent upon your ability to repay.

To figure out what your ratio is, add up all of your monthly debts. These debts are things such as your car, student loan, credit card expenses, potential mortgage payment, and then divide that number by your gross monthly income. In order for your mortgage to be backed by the government, this number cannot be higher than 43%.

Low mortgage rates and high rents are what is pushing millennias towards purchasing homes and forgoing renting. However, you need to make sure you are at the right place and time in your life to really put roots down and purchase a home. If you only see yourself staying in your current location for two years, then it is more financially responsible to rent than purchase a home. Until you’re ready to stay somewhere more long-term, it is best to wait on buying a home.

When it comes to down payment options, be educated on what your options are to know which one would work best for you.

First, the down payment size will impact the total cost of your loan. A bigger down payment means you will be borrowing less from the bank, which will lower your monthly payment. It can also lower your interest rate, which will reduce how much you will pay over the life of your mortgage.

The average payment of a conventional 30-year mortgage was 17.5% in the fourth quarter of 2015.

If you don’t have a huge down payment saved up, there are options for as little as 3.5% to be put down towards the down payment of a home.  The Federal Housing Administration will back mortgages for as little as 3.5% down, but will also equate to higher interest rates on the loan. However, with interest rates still so low, many are taking the leap now because it makes more sense.

When figuring out how much money to put down on your home, do not wipe out your savings account to do so. It is good to keep a cushion over things that you may not expect, like closing costs, home insurance and furniture for your new home.

These simple tips can help you determine if buying a home is the right next step in your future.

 

 

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.

Most Americans still desire to own a home

Categories: Custom Home Builders in Pittsburgh, Custom Home in Pittsburgh, Homeowner News, On Your Lot Builder Pittsburgh | Posted: August 12, 2016 | Comments Off on Most Americans still desire to own a home

 

Owning a home

Owning a home

Even though it seems as if multi-family homes and apartments are going up everywhere around you, Americans still want to own homes — if they can afford to. That’s the finding of a report released by the Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies. Even though multi-family housing seems to be on the rise in so many new developments and up and coming areas, owning a home is still the goal of most as long as they can afford the monthly payments and upkeep. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares why owning a home is still on the wish list of most Americans who don’t already own one.

The pressures of student debt, rising rents and the leftover wreckage from the nearly decade-old housing bust have restrained people’s ability to buy, even though the dream remains alive. The recent report sees reasons for both optimism, as more millennials are poised to leave the nest as well as concern with arising numbers of renters facing extreme costs.

Those factors could determine whether the share of Americans who are renting keeps rising or whether the nation’s homeownership rate can rebound from a near 48-year low of 63.5 percent.

Here are other major trends documented in the report:

More household formation:

Americans formed 1.3 million new households in 2015, a return to normal pace of growth. Much of last year’s increase reflected an aging population in which more households consist of adults older than 65. But the Harvard analysis says the increase in households should continue because of the influx of millennials, which it defines as those born between 1985 and 2004.

Millennial household formation is expected to average more than 2 million annually over the next several years, a surge that will likely further raise demand for rental units.

Larger houses, smaller apartments:

Some people might love those tiny houses, but most yearn for extra space. The median size of a newly built single-family house was a record-setting 2,467 square feet last year. By contrast, the median unit in a new multifamily building has shrunk to 1,074 square feet from a peak of nearly 1,200 square feet in 2007.

Home building up but still low:

Homebuilders broke ground on 1.1 million properties last year, a healthy 10.8 percent annual increase from the depths of the recession. Before 2016, apartment buildings, more than single-family houses, drove much of the increase in construction. Now that single-family homebuilding is on the rise for the first time in a long time, this may cause the pendulum to switch back over to more home ownership across the U.S.

The good news is, even with more multi-family and apartment buildings going up the American dream of owning a home is still strong and thriving in today’s economy. If you’re in the market for a new home, Parry Custom Homes is here to help build you the perfect home for your family.

 

 

 

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

 

Fourth of July Entertaining Home Maintenance Tips

Categories: Custom Home Builders in Pittsburgh, Homeowner News, On Your Lot Builder Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: July 1, 2016 | Comments Off on Fourth of July Entertaining Home Maintenance Tips
Fourth of July Cookout Preperation

Fourth of July Cookout Preperation

If you are planning on having a get together this Fourth of July weekend with your first cookout of the summer, be sure to check these safety tips off your list to ensure you start the summer cookout season in the right direction. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares what you need to check for at your home before hosting your first cookout of the summer.

The first step to take before hosting your get together is to have your AC checked before inviting people over to your house, if you are able or have an older AC that might need some maintenance work. Nothing can ruin your party faster than running into an air conditioning problem with a lot of people inside your home as the temperatures get warmer.

Just like getting your care tuned, it’s a good idea to schedule an air conditioning tune up. This will make sure your air conditioning unit is up to par to take on whatever heat summer will bring. An air conditioner tune up should include a check on the fan, a check to see if the coils are cleaned, and making sure there are no potential fire hazards due to any wiring issues.

The second thing you will want to make sure to do before your guests show up this weekend is to clean out your gutters. Not only will this help them function better, it will help with unnecessary leaks. Clean them out again once fall rolls around for the perfect twice a year upkeep schedule.

The third tip you will want to cover is to check the exterior of your home and check for any unsightly issues you wouldn’t want your guests to see. Clear away dead plants and shrubs from the flower beds, pressure wash the siding and patio, fix any minor deck damage and replace any broken lighting.

The last tip to help you round out your pre-celebration checklist is to prevent any pest problems. It is never fun when pests get into your home, especially in the summer as it is their favorite season. Spray your yard to decrease mosquitos, ticks and flies that will help make your cookout much more enjoyable.

You can take the pest prevention one step further by putting up a foundation barrier to avert ants and spiders from entering in your home. You can also set out Citronella candles, that are welcoming to your guests but will deter any unwanted pests away from your cookout.

These simple tips will leave your home ready to host the perfect Fourth of July kickoff to summer!

 

 

 

 

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.

U.S. housing starts for 2016

Categories: Buying a Home, Custom Home Builders in Pittsburgh, New Homes in Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh custom homebuilders | Posted: June 17, 2016 | Comments Off on U.S. housing starts for 2016

 

2016 housing starts

2016 housing starts

According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, the housing market continues to be on the increase as we saw in 2015. After a slow first quarter in the 2016 housing market, many wondered if the new year would not bring as busy of a home buying market as 2015 did. However, single-family housing starts went up 16.8 percent for the first four months of 2016, compared with the same timeframe in 2015. There was an increase in 6.6% of housing starts during the month of April alone. If you have been looking for Pittsburgh custom builders to build your new home this spring, or already purchased your new Parry Custom Home, you may have noticed that the spring months were quite busy in the housing market as you searched.

The churn of new housings starts was given a jump in the Midwest, and with a pickup in multifamily construction. Demand for housing has been steady since 2015 as the interest rates continue to stay low and the ongoing job creating seems to be taking place in the economy to boost home sales.

The housing starts rose 6.6 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.172 million in April of this year.

Single-family homes account for two-thirds of new construction, and rose 3.3 percent in April. Multi-family buildings with five or more units rose 10.7 percent to 373,000. This includes apartments and condominiums combined.

New applications for building permits, which are a good indication for future construction, rose 3.6 percent to 1.116 million, which was previously going downhill at 1.077 million in March of this year.

The summer and fall markets to come will be a telling sign if 2016 will surpass the hot streak that 2015 started in new home starts and sales. If you are still in the market for a new home as summer approaches, contact Parry Custom Homes today to see how they can turn your new dream home into a reality.

 

 

 

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.