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Should I Buy a Spec Home or Build a Custom Home in 2020?

Posted by John Graziose on Tue, Nov 12, 2019 @ 14:11 PM

If your current home no longer meets your family’s needs, you might be considering the best housing options. One question you might be asking yourself is, “Should I buy a spec home or build a custom home in 2020?” 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.

Building a Custom Home

Farmhouse Kitchen in Custom Home in Rochester NY

Pros: The advantages of building a custom home are fairly obvious. You get to design a floor plan that best suits your specific needs. In many cases, you have the option of choosing the lot you want. You determine what finishes you want for your flooring, your cabinets, and your countertops. Additionally, you can also create a bathroom or a kitchen that is designed to enhance your lifestyle—and your sense of design. For many custom homeowners, there is a great sense of satisfaction in knowing that the home has been designed and built specifically for their comfort and convenience. And they enjoy the knowledge that no one else has ever lived in the home before them.

Farmhouse Living Room in Custom Home in Rochester NY

Cons: Building a custom home generally costs a bit more than purchasing an existing spec home. The exact amount will vary depending on the features and material required. Over the long haul, however, the value of the home is likely to remain higher. And given the fact that higher quality building means that fewer items will need to be replaced, it may make more fiscal sense. Some people choose not to build a custom home because they don’t want to wait to move in. Others simply don't want to deal with the decisions involved in the custom home building process.

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Buying a Spec Home

Pros: One benefit of buying a spec home is that it has already been built. This means that you not have to wait for construction to be completed before you can move in. In addition, most spec homes are located in newer communities, so the infrastructure (streets, sidewalks, sewers) is new as well. You also have the advantage of knowing that everything in the house is brand new from floor to ceiling. And if there are ever any issues, they’ll most likely be covered by your warranty. From a financial perspective, you will probably pay somewhat less for a spec home than for a custom home.

Livingroom in Spec Home in Rochester NY

Cons: Purchasing a spec home, however, still means accepting an existing floor plan. You may have to adapt your lifestyle to the layout of the home. Additionally, you won't have the same opportunity to add your own personal touches to your home as the selections have already been made. One last disadvantage is that you may have less choice when it comes to location or lot. The home you like best may not be on the lot you prefer, however building a custom home will give you the freedom to build anywhere that you'd like. 

Custom Home in Rochester New York

Ultimately, the choice of buying a spec home or building a custom home depends on what best suits your needs. If you’d like to explore the idea further, we build in several great communities in the Greater Rochester area and have dozens of beautiful floor plans that can help you start your planning for a custom home that will meet your family’s needs.

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Topics: Custom homes, buying a new home, Building a New Home

Prepare Yourself Before Attending Homerama in Rochester NY this August

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, May 9, 2018 @ 16:05 PM

Prepare Yourself Before Attending Homerama in Rochester NY this AugustAnybody considering building a new home in the Rochester area will want to arm themselves with as many ideas and inspirations as possible before jumping into the homebuilding process. Attending Homerama in Rochester, NY is a great way to gather that information and inspiration. And while perusing the properties for ideas may be great, the more prepared you are, the more you’ll benefit from the experience.

Here are a few tips to ensure you maximize your time and come away with knowledge that will help you find the perfect Rochester home for your family.

Do a Little Homework

It’s important that your new home fits your lifestyle. Before you begin to look at homes, take some time to think about how you’ll use your home. You’ll want to consider what size home fits your family’s needs. How many bedrooms will you need? How do you entertain? Will you need a larger family room in which to interact with guests? What about your kitchen? Will you use your kitchen for entertaining? Or do you hope to use it for gourmet cooking? Here’s a post that helps you match your new Rochester kitchen to your specific personality.

Think About Floor Plans

Reviewing some potential floor plans before you look at a finished model home can be helpful. Do you prefer an open style floor plan? Are you looking for a plan that has bedrooms on one level and common spaces on a separate level? Or are you considering something that offers single-level living? Take a look at the floor plans Gerber offers to see what appeals to you. Then you can head over to Homerama and see what a plan like that looks and feels like in real life.

First-time Buyers

If you’re looking to build/buy your first home it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the options. You’ll want to focus on what’s really important for you and your family at this point in time. That being said, you’ll also want to keep in mind what your family’s needs may look like down the road a few years. Here’s a helpful post that highlights some of the essentials that first-time homebuyers look for.

Establish the Essentials

It’s not just first-time buyers who should consider the essentials. Before you get too far into the process, you may want to establish what’s essential in your new home so that you’ll be happy with it for years to come. Consider making a list that’s divided into three categories: “Must-Have” features; “Nice-to-Have” features; and “Splurge” features.

Consider Your Budget

Thinking about your budget ahead of time is really smart. You’ll want to have a realistic budget in mind before you begin choosing plans. It really doesn’t make sense to look at a $400,000 home if what you really need is a $250,000 home. Here’s a look at how to create a realistic budget for your Rochester-area home. You may also want to visit a reputable lender to see what kind of a loan you qualify for. That can help you set realistic parameters before you get into the details of floor plans, finishes, and upgrades.

Educate Yourself About the Basics

As builders, we’re often asked a lot of basic questions about home design. We think that’s a good thing! That’s why we created a free Home Design Guide eBook that you can download for free. It provides basic information about how to design key rooms in your home such as your kitchen, bathroom, living room, and master bedroom. This guide goes beyond style and talks about the importance of function in good design.

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Topics: Model homes, Custom homes, buying a new home, Building a New Home, Homearama

When You Hate to Wait for a New Home—Or Don’t Have the Luxury

Posted by John Graziose on Sat, Oct 15, 2016 @ 21:10 PM

When-You-Hate-to-Wait-for-a-New-Home-Or-Dont-Have-the-Luxury.jpgWhen it comes to purchasing a new home, some people just hate to wait. When they make a dececision, they want to move on it. The process of reviewing floor plans and sites and figuring out finishes just leaves them cold. They still want quality and they aren’t willing to settle for second best—they want to get on with life.

Other people simply don’t have the luxury of waiting because they need a new home and they need it now. Maybe they have a baby on the way. Perhaps they’ve got an older parent or relative moving in with them. Or maybe a new job has them moving to a new town in the Eastern Rochester area. They’re not willing to settle for “just any home” either, but they simply don’t have the luxury of waiting a few  months.

If either describes your situation, we have some good news for you! Gerber Homes has a limited number of Quick Delivery homes in great locations that are ready when you are. Here’s a quick overview of some of those “Don’t-Have-to-Wait” homes.

When-You-Hate-to-Wait-for-a-New-Home-Or-Dont-Have-the-Luxury2.jpg7648 Misty Way
Ontario, NY This 3-bedroom (plus a bonus room), 2.5 bathroom home  offers more than 2,000 square feet of comfortable living on a third of an acre lot. Click here to  take a virtual tour of this beautiful home.

 

 

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25 Tea Olive Lane,
Perinton, NY If the town of Perinton is more to your liking, your family might love this 2,200 square foot 4-bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home that sits on a .29 acre lot. Click here for a look at the floor plan for this great home.

 

 

When-You-Hate-to-Wait-for-a-New-Home-Or-Dont-Have-the-Luxury4.jpg243 Woodsview Dr.
Webster, NY If you’re looking for the convenience of single-level living in an airy open concept layout, this 1,598 square foot, 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home set on .56 acres premium lot overlooking wild pines may be just what you’re after. Click here to take a look at the floor plan.

 

 

Whether you don’t have time to wait for a home to be built because of pressing circmstances—or if you just hate to wait—take a look at these great deals—or our other Quick Delivery homes. With Gerber Quick Delivery Homes you don’t have to wait and you don’t have to settle for less than the best.

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Topics: Model homes, Rochester NY, buying a new home

Where You Want To Live Should Really Be Your Choice

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Jul 18, 2013 @ 07:07 AM

Where you want to live should really be your choiceA lot of people look forward to building their dream home, but part of making that dream come true is being able to build your home where you want to build it. For some potential homeowners, however, even if they find the perfect plan and style for the home they want, they feel like they have to build it in a location that’s maybe not their first choice.

At Gerber Homes, we like to say that we build where people want to live. For us (and for anyone considering building a custom home in the eastern Rochester area) that’s more than just a slogan.  And it’s why we build in the most sought-after communities in the Rochester and Finger Lakes area.

Your dream home and your community should fit your family’s needs and lifestyle. And let’s be honest, no two families are identical.  That’s why we offer so many different locations in the area. Each one has its own character and charm. If you choose Gerber Homes as your custom builder, you have your choice between a variety of great—and unique—communities, including:

  • Ontario
  • Huron
  • Sodus
  • Marion
  • Webster
  • Penfield
  • Fairport
  • Perinton
  • Canandaigua
  • Farmington
  • Victor
  • Bloomfield

With that much variety from which to choose, you’re sure to find the community that’s right for your family. We invite you to take a closer look at some of the communities where we’re building homes of outstanding value.

Where you live, however, isn’t just a geographic consideration. You want the home you build to fit your lifestyle as well. And once again, we know that “one size doesn’t fit all.” That’s why we offer floor plans for colonial homes, first-floor master bedroom homes, patio homes, ranch homes, cape homes, raised ranch homes, and even in-law layouts. You’ll have dozens of distinctive quality plans from which to choose. Check them out right here!

So if you’re thinking about building a custom home in the Rochester area, make sure you can build it where you want it—and the way you want it built. 

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Topics: Rochester NY, Canandaigua NY, Ontario NY, Victor NY, Webster NY, buying a new home, Fair Haven NY, brighton ny, pittsford ny, Building a New Home, Sodus NY, Perinton NY, Selecting a Home Site