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Choosing the Right Builder for Your Rochester-Area Custom Home

Posted by John Graziose

Wed, Oct 15, 2014 @ 07:10 AM

The Finger Lakes Region is a great place to live. On top of that you have a wide variety of great floor plans from which you can choose—whether you’re looking for an estate-sized home or a smaller single story home. Or you can come up with your own unique floor plan. Turning those plans into the home of your dreams, however, doesn’t just happen. That’s why it’s so important to choose the right builder for your Rochester-area home. How do you go about doing that? What should you look for in a builder? On the surface, builders may kind of look alike. But here are a few things you should consider before making your decision.


This may be your first experience building a custom home, but you probably don’t want it to be the first time your builder has done it. Some builders are great at cranking out homes as long as they’re all the same. Building a custom home is different. It requires a unique kind of expertise—and the ability to take a plan and make it fit the exact desires and needs of a homeowner.

Their Track Record

Just because someone has built a home, doesn’t make him or her a great homebuilder. The real test is to check with the homeowners who live in those homes. Are they delighted with the custom homes they have? Is the quality what they expected (or even better)? And what was the building experience like for them?


Will your builder build where you want to live? Some builders will only construct homes on their own developments. And that’s fine if their parcel of property is where you really want to live. But if you’re building a custom home, you may want more choices about the community that you’re going to be part of.


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Design Options

Some builders only offer a few options when it comes to the styles of homes they build. But when you’re talking about building a custom home, a “one-size-fits-all” approach just doesn’t work. You want to have a number of design options from which to choose. 
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Helpful Resources

Good builders understand that custom homebuilding is a new experience for most homeowners. That’s why quality builders make sure their clients are prepared and educated about the process of building a custom home before the contract is signed. 
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A Commitment to the Community

A good builder doesn’t just build a home and walk away. You probably plan to be in your home for a long time and you want your builder to be around to stand behind his work.

With three generations of family working together the Gerbers are lifetime area residents of the greater Rochester community. In our more than 50 years of experience, we’ve built more than 3000 homes—and we’ll be here to stand behind them. We’d love to be your choice to build your dream home!

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