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Community Spotlight: Bianca Rose

Categories: On your lot builder Pittsburg, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: May 31, 2019 | Comments Off on Community Spotlight: Bianca Rose

 

Are you in the process this Spring or Summer of looking for a Pittsburgh on your lot builder to build your new home? If so, Parry Custom Homes can make your new home dreams a reality! Not only can we bring your dream home to life, but we also built in some of the most sought after locations around Pittsburgh!

If you are looking in the location of Murrysville, Parry Custom Homes is proud to be a featured builder in the beautiful Bianca Rose community.

Located just off of Route 22, Bianca Rose is highly sought after due to the great location and the fact that it is located in the desired Franklin County Regional School District.

What residents of Bianca Rose love most about this community, is the fact that they are close to the best shopping, restaurants, schools and major roadways, which still residing in a tucked away location, that is very private.

If you need to commute for work, you will appreciate the fact that this new home community is close to Route 22, Route 66, the Turnpike, the Parkway and Route 30. An ideal location when you want to get where you need to go, quickly!

Bianca Rose has been well known as the perfect location for homeowners who commute to Greensburg, Monroeville or Pittsburg on a daily basis.

Bianca Rose is a high-class neighborhood that could very well be the place you have been looking at to call home. Contact Parry Custom Homes today to learn more about this beautiful community, and how we can make your dream home come to life in the perfect location for you.

Imagine being able to enjoy summer barbeques, 4th of July get togethers and future holidays in the amazing community of Bianca Rose! You will have the perfect home and location for your family to enjoy many memories for 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.

Looking for a custom home builder in Pittsburgh?

Categories: Custom Home in Pittsburgh, Custom Home Plans, On your lot builder Pittsburg | Posted: April 26, 2019 | Comments Off on Looking for a custom home builder in Pittsburgh?
The Pasadena Floor Plan

Parry Custom Homes floor plan

Have you been on the hunt for custom home builders in Pittsburgh to build your new home? Look no further than Parry Custom Homes! We are the premier choice for custom homes in Pittsburgh and can help make your dream home a reality.

A lot of homebuyers want a custom home without having to go through all the hassle of drawing up plans from scratch with an architect. If that is the case for you, Parry Custom Homes has just the solution! We have a huge portfolio of plans that is exclusive to Parry customers and offers home plans that suit any buyers home needs.

All of our plans can be seen by visiting our showroom for the full package of what we have to offer. One of our most popular plans is The Pasedena, which is a great choice for someone looking to purchase their first home, someone with a small family, or someone looking to downsize their home.

Our Pasadena floor plan features 2,084 square feet and the option of 3-4 bedrooms. There are 2 full baths and 1 half bath in this home, as well as a 2-car garage.

If you’re looking for a move-up home or more space, The Avondale floor plan in our portfolio is a popular choice among homebuyers.

The Avondale is a built off 3,014 spacious square feet and features 4-5 bedrooms. This plan has 2 full baths, one half bath and a 2- car garage. This gorgeous home is sure to grab a lot of curb appeal due to its gorgeous brick exterior.

Last, for those looking for the elegance and size of a true dream home, look no further than our Winchester plan.

The Winchester floor plan is built on 4,380 square feet and boasts 5 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 1 half bath and a 2-car garage.

The Winchester is a home that takes full advantage of spacious living, elegant touches, and a cozy atmosphere to call home.

Contact us anytime to see our full portfolio of floor plans available in our showroom, or have us find the perfect Parry Custom Home to fit your needs. You’ll love working with our team!

 

 

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.

Pittsburgh On Your Lot Homebuilding 101

Categories: Custom Home in Pittsburgh, On your lot builder Pittsburg | Posted: February 8, 2019 | Comments Off on Pittsburgh On Your Lot Homebuilding 101

Pittsburg on your lot builder

If you are in the market for a new custom home in Pittsburgh this spring, you might find yourself with your dream lot and location, but struggling to find the right builder or a builder who will work with their chosen lot. Parry Custom Homes has become Pittsburgh’s On Your Lot builder for the very reason that we are able to build your dream home in your ideal location, on the lot you have already purchased.

Another great aspect of Parry Custom Homes being an On Your Lot builder, is the fact that we can also help find you a lot or a lot in the location that you want to build in, to take the stress and search out of your hands.

Building On Your Private Homesite

We make building on your private homesite easy and since we build throughout Western Philadelphia, we more than likely can build your dream home on your land. The first step in building your dream home on your lot is to come out and visit our showroom, or contact us and set up a time to meet with one of our employees in our showroom and design center so we can help you with your goals for your new house.

If you are still in the process of looking for land, we can still help get your plans in place and assist you in finding land that suits your needs. A few main things to consider when purchasing land are the following key elements:

  • School District
  • Township
  • Neighborhoods or Private Homesite
  • Homesite size
  • Lay of the Land
  • Utility Locations.

If purchasing land while starting the homebuilding process with us, we can help assist you along the way so you can understand all the possible costs that it will take to develop your property in your new homesite. We will also help you understand the permits and how you need to fill them out.

Choosing a custom homebuilder in Pittsburgh to build your dream home might seem like a daunting task, but Parry Custom Homes is the right choice for those who want an easy, enjoyable experience.

 

Parry Custom Homes is an established home builder in the Pittsburgh area. For additional information about our services, call (724) 863-0199.

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.

DIY Pest Control Options

Categories: Homeowner Tips, On your lot builder Pittsburg, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: September 28, 2018 | Comments Off on DIY Pest Control Options

 

DIY Pest Control

DIY Pest Control

As the cooler temperatures of Fall settle in, right behind them will be the even colder winter months ahead. Cooler temperatures often bring a number of unwelcome critters that can find their way into your home in search of warmth. This fall and winter however, you can prevent unwelcome pests from making their way into your home with some easy do-it-yourself pest control techniques that can help rid your home of pests before the cold weather hits. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares simple things you can do yourself to help prevent pests this winter season.

The first place to start is your kitchen. Be sure to look in your kitchen cabinets and put your dry ingredients, such as pasta, cereal, cookies, etc. in air tight containers. Plastic or glass containers will be your best options since critters of all kinds can crawl through paper bags or boxes. It’s not a bad idea to keep your dry ingredients in air tight containers year round, as it helps prevent posts from getting into the foods at any point in time.

Another item in your kitchen you will want to address that you are probably doing right now, is removing any fruit that may be sitting out on your kitchen counter in a bowl. Although it looks nice, as fruit ripens it gives off a strong aroma that attracts seed-spreading critters. This is a great thing when the fruit is growing outdoors, but not so much when it’s in your home and something you plan to eat. It’s best to keep your fruit in your refrigerator, which will also slow down the ripening process and allow you to enjoy the fruit longer.

The next thing you will want to do is take a look at your trashcan. If it has room to breathe, that also means critters can catch a whiff of the scent and be lured in to check out what they are smelling. In order to avoid this, purchase a trashcan with a locking lid. It is also a great idea to invest in thicker trash bags that will help keep critters out as well.

The last stop for your kitchen will be to make it a habit to keep your stove, counters, cutting board and any other kitchen surface clean to prevent any insects from invading your kitchen. All it takes is a small spill to attract one, and then the rest of their colony will follow.

The next areas of your home you will want to address are bathrooms and areas where water is prevalent. Since water is essential to all forms of life, critters will be attracted to it just as much and multiply. Bugs in particular are attracted to damp environments, which is why bathrooms are target breeding grounds for them.

Be sure to clear clogged drains and address any leaking faucets or shower heads, as standing water will not be your friend when it comes to critters. Also be sure to regularly clean your toilet bowl and chemically treat the water to keep bugs away. If you take a long shower or bath and create a lot of humidity in your bathroom, run the bathroom fan afterwards to draw out the excess moisture aka breaking ground for bugs.

Make it a habit to habitually check the plumbing in your home for leaks. Under sinks and in cabinets is where roaches are most commonly found because of the dark and moist environment. Keeping these areas dry will keep those pests out of your home.

Lastly, if there is even the smallest opening, pests will invite themselves right into your home. Take the time while the weather is still nice, to examine your homes exterior and do a thorough examination of any cracks, openings, open seams and so on where critters might be able to crawl in.

Fill in any gaps, holes or cracks that you see along the foundation, as well as siding or your roof seam with weatherproof silicon caulking or flexible patching compound. This will include fissures along a window frame and any cavities where wires, cables, and pipes enter the home. If a screen is torn or missing from a door, window, exhaust vent, or air flow vent in the attic, replace it or use an aluminum screen patch for a temporary fix. Also be sure to seal off door perimeters with weather stripping.

Be sure not to forget about your roof, because it is a prime entry point for a range of critters, including rats, bats, possums, and raccoons, to enter the attic, where they will happily enjoy the insects that prematurely invaded the loft ahead of them. When inspecting the roof, check for loose shingles or weather-beaten portions that have become soft with moisture and mold, and replace these sections. Soffit and attic vents should be covered with insect screening and hardware cloth; hardware cloth, if properly installed with a staple gun, deters larger vermin from infiltrating the attic. Caulk any holes you see along the roof, and if you have a chimney, it is a good idea to consider the installation of a chimney cap.

 

 

 

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

 

Looking for an On Your Lot Builder In Pittsburgh?

Categories: On your lot builder Pittsburg | Posted: July 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Looking for an On Your Lot Builder In Pittsburgh?

Pittsburg on your lot builder

While many of us are vacationing and enjoying the beautiful summer months, a lot of homebuyers are in the market looking for a new home in Pittsburgh. While there are many available homes on the market, where do you look when you have a lot and need a builder to build your dream home on a lot you already own? Parry Custom Homes offers the solution to your new home dilemma! Parry Custom Homes is the premier on your lot builder in Pittsburgh and can make your dream home a reality.

Parry Custom Homes specializes in making the homebuilding process as easy as possible throughout Western Pennsylvania. If your lot is within our building area, then get yourself to our showroom and design center so we can help make your dream home come to life!

If you still need to find the perfect lot for your dream home, we can help with that as well. A few of our top tips in helping you to find the perfect piece of land are:

–          School District

–           Township

–            Neighborhood homesite or Private Homesite

–             Homesite size – 1/4 acre or 10 acres

–             Lay of the Land – Do you want to be level out your 1st floor rear or come out onto a deck

–             Utility Locations or if public utility access is available or if you will need a well or sand mound

Know that we’ll be there to assist you along the way to be sure that all costs and considerations are properly handled for your new home. We also understand all permits that you’ll need in the process, so all your basis are covered.

Contact us today to find out more about how we can make your dream home a reality and take the stress out of the homebuilding process.

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.

Summer safety tips for your pets

Categories: Homeowner Tips, On your lot builder Pittsburg, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: June 22, 2018 | Comments Off on Summer safety tips for your pets

 

Summer pet safety

Summer pet safety

Summer is in full effect and with that comes rising temperatures, sometimes in the triple digits. Warmer temperatures and summer vacations lead to homeowners wanting to clean their homes up before fall and between entertaining at their homes during the summer. However, the summer months can bring hidden dangers that come to your pet’s health and safety. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares safety tips on how to keep your pets safe this summer and keep them away from any hidden dangers.

Now that we’re officially into summer, the 4th of July is right around the corner. However, most people don’t take into consideration the festivities of fireworks and 4th of July celebration fun that can lead to dangerous leftovers for pets. The leftover firework pieces or chocolate candies left out from entertaining can be toxic to cats and dogs. Chocolate can especially be fatal if ingested by cats. Leftover firework pieces if left in the yard if ingested by your pets can obstruct the digestive tract and lead to severe vomiting and dehydration. It is best to do a once-over of the yard and around your home where any fireworks may have been used to prevent any issues for your pets.

If you’re a dog owner, you most likely like to take your furry friend on car rides with you so they can let their head out the window and soak in the fresh air that summer brings. Unfortunately, this too can be unsafe. Flying debris and insects can cause inner ear or eye injuries as well as lung infections. Any abrupt stops or turns can cause major injuries or worse. It’s best to keep your pet in a crate or a seatbelt especially designed for them, when riding in a car.

Many pet parents will often open the windows of their home during a nice summer morning to let the fresh air in for the day. However, this can also be a risky move if you have any unscreened or loosely-fitted screened windows. This can be very dangerous as pets, especially cats, that are apt to jump or fall through these windows of they lean on them to rest. Be sure to install snug and sturdy screens on all of your windows so you don’t have to worry!

Another thing to be careful of when you are tackling any summer cleaning is to keep all of the cleaners and chemicals out of the way of your pets. Almost all products, including natural ones, contain chemicals that can be dangerous to your pets. Keep them safely stored and away from your pets where they can’t get to them.

Lastly, if you are doing any home improvements this summer, remember that paints, mineral spirits and solvents can be toxic to pets and it is best to read all labels to make sure what can and shouldn’t be used around your pets. Also be cautious of physical hazards such as staples, nails, insulation, blades and power tools lying around. It will probably best to confine your pet to a certain area of the home away from any home improvements, for safety and peace of mind.

 

 

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

 

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.

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.