You can’t be too careful when choosing the right homesite for your new Rochester-area home. Where you choose to live can be every bit as important as the floor plan you choose for your home. There are two major factors that you should consider when choosing a home site. One is the community you'll be living in, and the other is the physical condition of the lot itself. Let's look briefly at both.
Your Prospective Community
Some homeowners want to build in a place that offers great views or gives them easy access to water. That could mean looking for a site nearer to Lake Ontario—or down closer to the Finger Lakes area. Some people want easy access to Rochester for work or other activities.
For many homeowners, however, the location they choose isn’t merely about convenience to shopping or an easy commute to work. They want to build a home in a place where they can also build community and feel comfortable with the residents living around them. The good news is that Gerber offers opportunities in a wide range of locations around the Rochester area.
The Physical Characteristics of Your Potential Lot
After giving it some consideration, most prospective homeowners don’t have that much trouble picking a community. But when it comes to selecting the specific lot they plan to build on, they can find themselves facing things they may not be prepared to deal with.
That's because the physical characteristics of your potential lot can have a huge impact on the kind of house you can build—and even the ultimate cost of building your home. For instance, when you're considering lots, you may find one that is more reasonably priced than other lots. It may look great to you and fit your budget better, but is it the right lot?
Often there are things about a lot that aren’t readily observable to the untrained eye. And sometimes it’s those unseen characteristics that can end up costing you time and money when you build your home. If that inexpensive lot you have your eye on requires a lot of grading to get it ready to build on that’s going to cost you money. What looked like a deal can actually end up costing your more!
There are other things to consider. How easy is it to access the utilities that you’ll need? Are there building or zoning restrictions that you’re not aware of? All of those things can significantly impact the desirability and affordability of a home site you’re considering.
That’s where Gerber can help. We’ll work with you to find the right lot for your family’s home—whether it’s in one of our own developments or a piece of property you own. Or we can help you find property elsewhere and determine what it’s going to cost you to build on that site. Click here for a short and helpful video in which I highlight our process for helping you select the site that will best suit your needs and budget.