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2 Times When Remodeling Is a Better ChoiceThan Buying a New Home

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Nov 25, 2016 @ 08:11 AM

2-Times-When-Remodeling-Is-a-Better-Choice-Than-Buying-a-New-Home.jpgThere may come a time when the Rochester-area home you’re living in no longer meets your needs. Maybe you have more children than when you first moved into your current house. Or perhaps those kids just got bigger and need more space. Or it could be that you have an extended family member living with you now that you didn’t plan on. Whatever the reason, you may find yourself at a crossroads when it comes to your housing needs. Should you look for a new home or should you remodel the home you’re in? Which is the better route for your family?

At Gerber Homes, we build new homes and we remodel existing homes. Let’s look at a couple of times when remodeling may be the better choice.

  • You Don’t Want to Move: Let’s face it, moving is generally not on most peoples’ list of fun things to do. It’s disruptive and hard on family members and on your possessions. There’s an old saying that, “Three moves equals a fire.” While that may be difficult to prove, there’s no question that packing, transporting, and unpacking a househould causes increased wear and tear on furniture and other household items.

There are other reasons why moving may not be the best option. It takes time to establish relationships and routines. If you have great neighbors and you’ve developed a sense of community where you are, it’s not easy to give that up and start over again. Depending on your new location, you may have to re-establish relationships and find new places to shop. While that’s not an insurmountable obstacle, it’s still something to consider.

Moving can also be hard on children. While kids do tend to be pretty resilient, it can be hard on them to pull up roots and start over. That’s particularly true for school-aged children. If you have a school you (and your kids) are happy with, it can be hard to leave that behind.

  • It’s Not in the Financial Cards: Buying a new home is a big financial investment. While housing prices dipped around 2008, they have been making their way back up. One of the biggest contributing factors is the increasing cost of land. It’s become more expensive to find land that is suitable for building. And while you’ll certainly pay for remodeling services as well, at least you won’t be wrestling with increasing property prices.

If you’re looking for additional insights on whether building or remodeling  is the right route for you to take, check out this article that lays out more of the pluses and minuses of building, remodeling, or buying another existing home.


Topics: build or remodel?, Home remodeler in Rochester Area, choosing to build or remodel in Rochester area

Sometimes Bigger IS Better!

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 @ 07:06 AM

Sometimes bigger IS betterOver the years, we’ve learned that “bigger isn’t necessarily better.” Many of our cars are smaller. Our computers are smaller. Our cell phones are smaller. There’s even some evidence (although it’s not really conclusive) that—after a period in which homes got bigger and bigger—our houses are smaller.

There are times, however, when a bigger home simply IS better. Sometimes our needs change. Maybe children enter the picture and a home that seemed plenty big now feels crowded. Or perhaps small children turned into teens that need more space.

How we use our homes has certainly changed. Smaller kitchens, for instance, were the norm only 25 years ago. Now the kitchen has become the social/entertainment center of the home. But it’s not very entertaining to stand shoulder to shoulder in a crowded kitchen.

More and more of us work from home. And even if we office somewhere else, we often bring work home with us. Many older homes simply don’t have adequate space for a home office.

Sometimes, it’s not even a question of square footage. There are times when the space we have simply doesn’t lend itself to the kind of use we want. It’s just not efficient.

So what are your options?  There seem to be three pretty obvious choices: Buy a bigger house, build a bigger house, or remodel the home you’re in (either expanding your space or making more efficient use of your existing space).

Let’s be honest: None of these options are exactly convenient options. They’re all disruptive processes. But if you’re going to go through a disruptive time anyway, why not make sure that the home you end up with is really what you want. If you simply buy an existing home, it may be larger—but it may not be exactly what you want. Building from scratch, or remodeling your existing home puts you firmly in the driver’s seat. You can make the improvements and enhancements that you want—the ones that will ensure that your home fits your lifestyle.

So does it make more sense to build or remodel? That’s really up to you. We build new homes and do home renovations. And we love doing both. But if you’d like tome help thinking through the issue, we’d invite you to download our free Building a House, Creating a Home eBook. It addresses many of the questions you’ll need to answer before making your decision. And it’s got a lot of great design ideas you can use whether you decide to build or remodel.

Build or remodel? It’s a big decision, but remember that big sometimes is better!

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Topics: Rochester area custom homebuilding and remodeling, meet changing family needs, build or remodel?

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