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Should I Buy a Spec Home or Build a Custom Home This Year?

Posted by John Graziose on Mon, May 8, 2023 @ 08:05 AM

If your current home no longer meets your family’s needs, you might be ready to move to a new home. One question you might be asking yourself is, “Should I buy a spec home or build a custom home this year?” Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons you’ll want to consider—and whether the coming year is a good time to make a move such as this.

As custom home builders in Upstate New York, we obviously think that custom homes are worthwhile endeavors, but we also understand that they're not for everyone. Here at Gerber Homes, we want everyone to find the perfect new home for their situation, and we're happy to use our experience to help you decide between spec and custom new residential construction by comparing the pros and cons of a custom vs. spec new home.

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Topics: Custom homes, Building a New Home

What Is A Ranch Style House and Is It Right For You?

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Apr 5, 2023 @ 06:04 AM

Main-floor living is calling your name. Whether you're scared to death of chasing toddlers away from dangerous staircases, planning ultimate accessibility in your forever home or craving something simple and stylish, there's a reason ranches are our most popular build. Gerber has designed and built hundreds of custom homes in the Rochester, NY area, and we're ready to write a love letter to one of the most popular types of homes in the country.

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Topics: floor plans, Custom homes, Building a New Home, Home Design

A Perc Test: What It Is and Why You Need One to Build Near Rochester

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Mar 2, 2023 @ 14:03 PM

If you’re looking for a scenic view, you’ll find plenty of places that meet your requirements in the Rochester area. Thanks to the abundance of lakes, forests, and undeveloped land in the region, it’s fairly easy to find a building lot that overlooks a lake or pond or backs up to the woods. Although the land may look ideal at first glance, you won’t be able to build on it unless the lot can pass a perc test.

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Topics: Building a New Home, Selecting a Home Site, Home Building Tips

Construction Loans for Custom Home Building: Everything You Need to Know

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Feb 1, 2023 @ 14:02 PM

You’re dreaming of a custom home with every detail just as you imagine it. It’s almost time to make it real, but exploring the options to finance a custom home can be overwhelming. We know that talking about the nitty gritty financial details can glaze your eyes over, but this is an essential detail for potential clients to explore. Understanding every aspect of your custom home-building process is important to a successfully executed dream home.

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Topics: Custom homes, Building a New Home

Building Near Lake Canandaigua – Choosing the Best Floorplan and Builder

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Oct 13, 2022 @ 00:10 AM

Not sure where you want to build your new Finger Lakes home? Check out the Lake Canandaigua area. The region offers large building sites ideal for a range of floorplans and a short commute to Rochester and surrounding towns.

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Topics: Custom homes, Canandaigua NY, Building a New Home