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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.




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.


Topics: Custom homes in Rochester Area, Quick-delivery homes near Rochester, No-wait homes around Eastern Rochester

3 Things That Can Delay the Completion of Your Finger Lakes Area Home

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Aug 3, 2016 @ 11:08 AM

3-Things-That-Can-Delay-the-Completion-of-Your-Finger-Lakes-Area-Home.jpgOne of the things prospective new homeowners always want to know is how long it will take to complete their home once the contract is signed. That’s a reasonable question. Of course the answer can vary depending on the complexity and size of the home that’s being built. But there are also things that you, as the homeowner, can do to either expedite the process or slow it down.

  1. Make Sure Your Financial House is in Order: Having a realistic buget for your new home is an essential first step. Even though it’s more fun to look at floor plans and model homes and surf the internet for ideas, getting a grip on your financial situation is absolutely critical. It really doesn’t help to pick out the perfect plan if you’re looking at something you can’t afford. In fact, that’s discouraging and frustrating. On top of that, it can slow things down. You’re better off dealing with a lender ahead of time to know exactly how much of a home loan you qualify for. Getting pre-approved for your loan can really save you time. That way, when you find the builder and the plan you love, you don’t have to wait for a lender’s approval before getting started.
  1. Do Your Homework and Make Your Decisions: After you’ve chosen the plan you like, you’ll still need to make decisions about the finishes. That can include flooring, cabinets, countertops, hardware, lighting and sink fixtures. And while that can be one of the most fun parts in the process, it needs to be done in a timely manner. You don’t want your builder waiting for your decisions when it’s time to build. You’ll want to make sure you decide early in the process so that the materials are on hand when the builders are ready to use them. Starting early helps you avoid delays that might come if there are shipping issues or if something is out of stock.
  1. Be Careful With Changes: Almost every homeowner will make some changes when building a custom home. But significant alterations (such as structural changes or repositioning walls or modifyingthe dimensions of a room) can cause delay—and cost you more money. That’s why it’s important that you and your builder review the plans you make in detail up front. Then, if you think about changes, you’ll want to talk to your builder to find out how any amendments to the plan will affect the schedule and the price. It’s not that changes are necessarily bad, but you have to be careful or they can really play havoc with your budget and your schedule.

The good news is that a quality builder has a good handle on how long it will take to build your home. Once you decide on the exact plan, your builder will be able to give you a fairly specific estimate for when you should be done. If you take care of the things you’re responsible for, that schedule will be pretty close and you can make additional plans for moving.



Topics: Custom homes in Rochester Area, Fiinger Lakes area, avoid construction delays

Understanding Pricing Variations in the Rochester Area

Posted by John Graziose on Mon, Jul 18, 2016 @ 10:07 AM

Understanding-pricing-fluctuations-in-the-Rochester-Area.jpgHousing prices in the Finger Lakes region can fluctuate significantly – it’s true for both existing homes and for new homes. That can make some potential homebuyers a little bit uneasy, wondering if now is the right time to buy a home or not. So how can you get a handle on the differences in pricing?

Naturally, the size of the home you build plays a significant role in what you’ll pay. We offer homes that range from just over 1,000 square feet to more than 3,600 square feet. It obviously takes more material and labor to build a larger home, but that’s not the only factor influencing pricing.

Where you build can also affect the cost of your home. Similarly sized lots in different communities (Webster, Ontario, Canandaigua or Macedon, for instance) can have dramatically different prices. The price of the land you build on has a huge impact on the ultimate price of your home. Property prices aren’t likely to go down in the future. As Mark Twain famously quipped, “Buy land – they’re not making it anymore!”

The increasing cost of lots has caused a number of homeowners in the eastern Rochester area to consider remodeling instead of building a new home. It’s simply an expense they don’t have to worry about. Plus, if you happen to like the community where you live (and already have good relationships with friends and neighbors), you may not want to move away—even if your current home is no longer meeting your needs.

Whether you need to remodel your kitchen or bathroom, add on a new room or even plan an in-law addition, an innovative and resourceful builder can help you redesign your home to better suit your needs—and avoid some of the hassle and expense of building and moving to a new home.

With your convenience in mind, Gerber Homes & Additions has developed an approach that allows side, back and second-story additions to be completed while your family remains in the house throughout construction.

If you’re wondering whether building or remodeling is the right choice for you, click here to download our free 2016 Home Design Guide. It’s packed with ideas for turning your existing home into your dream home—a place where you’ll enjoy comfort and convenience for years to come.


Topics: Custom homes in Rochester Area, building or remodeling around Rochester, price of land around Rochester, home price variation in Rochester

Keeping Your Options Open When Adding Additional Living Space to Your Rochester-Area Home

Posted by John Graziose on Mon, Jun 13, 2016 @ 08:06 AM

Keeping-Your-Options-Open-When-Adding-Additional-Living-Space-to-Your-Rochester-area-Home.jpgWhether you’re buying/building a new home or planning to remodel your existing Rochester-area home, it’s always good to keep the future in mind as you make plans for your current needs.

You may need an extra bedroom today for your growing family, but what about a few years down the road? How can you plan so that the additional space you create today will also be useful later on, after your kids leave home?

Maybe you’ve thought of working from home at some time in the future. You could convert a child’s bedroom into a home office. But there’s more to creating an effective and efficient home office than simply moving a desk and chair into an empty bedroom. What can you do now to smooth that transition from bedroom to home office? Talk to your builder about how you can add space and flexibility. It might involve wiring, adding storage space or ventilation. Are there ways you can do that while preserving the “bedroom feel” of the room for now?

Maybe you’ve always wanted a craft room—someplace you can work without worrying about always putting things away when you’re in the middle of a project. Maybe the basement recreation room, which the kids will use immediately,could be turned into a craft room later. How can you design the space so that it meets those needs now and can have a “second life” as a craft room later?

And how about your family room? Maybe your kids like to have their friends over for gaming and hanging out. You need a little bit of extra space for that. But how can you build the space so that it can also function well as a room where you watch movies with your spouse or have casual conversations with your friends?

On the other hand, be cautious about adding on space that can only be used for one purpose. A room that’s created exclusively for a pool table or a home theater or an in-home gym may be hard to adapt for other purposes if your habits or needs change. And if the space is too specific, it may even hurt your home’s resale value down the line.

If you’re looking for ideas on how to create great spaces in your home, check out our free 2016 Home Design Guide eBook. A little planning—along with consultation from your builder—can help you create spaces for multiple uses. And it’s always good to keep your options open!



Topics: Custom homes in Rochester Area, adding space to Rochester-area homes, flexible space for Rochester-area additions

Where Will You Live While Your Rochester-Area Home is Built?

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, May 11, 2016 @ 08:05 AM

Where-Will-You-Live-While-Your-Rochester-area-Home-is-Built_.jpgBuilding a new home in Webster, Perinton, Canandaigua or elsewhere in the eastern Rochester area is an exciting proposition. It’s something you look forward to for a long time: gathering ideas, perusing a variey of floor plans and choosing the community where you’ll live.

There are occasions, however, when the timing can be a bit awkward. For instance:

  • When the house you’re currently in sells before your new home is completed.
  • When a new job requires you to move to the Rochester area and you haven’t had time to build.
  • When the lease on the home you’re currently in runs out before your new home is move-in ready.

When it comes to your housing needs before your new home is ready, a number of situations could arise that could leave you between a rock and a hard place. So what are your options?

You could try to rent another home or aparement in the area, but finding something you like on short notice can be tough. Plus, most landlords and leasing companies prefer longer-term rental or lease agreements. You could end up paying a premium rate—or be forced to choose a place that’s really not up to your standards.

Another option is to look for extended-stay housing. There are some extended-stay opportunities in the Greater Rochester area. Availability is generally not a problem, but extended-stay chains aren’t cheap. And while many extended-stay options offer adequate amenities, often they feel more like living in a motel room than a home.

We’d like to suggest a third option that could make a lot of sense for you and your family: Gerber Homes also builds rental properties in the East Rochester area. Our property management company can make arrangements for you to lease any of our available rental properties on a month-to-month basisso that you are not locked into a long lease agreement.

And it gets better! If you are building a new home with us, you will pay no rent while your new home is being built!Call us at (315) 524-7890 to find out how easy it is to get free rent while your Gerber home is being built. Or email Susan@gerberhomes.comfor more information.


Topics: Custom homes in Rochester Area, temporary housing, Greater Rochester, free rent while building, Fingerlakes area

Does Building a New Rochester-Area Home Make Sense for You?

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 @ 19:04 PM

Does_Building_a_New_Rochester-area_Home_Make_Sense_for_You_.jpgOwning your own home—and especially building your own custom home—is a big part of the American dream. Timing, however, plays a big role in whether you can make that dream a reality right now. Does building a new Rochester-area home make sense for you?

Here are a few things that can help you decide if building a custom home really makes sense for you right now.

Does Making Decisions Energize You or Drain You? One thing that makes building a custom home a challenge is that you get to (and have to) make a lot of decisions. Some people love the idea of making all the decisions (floor plans, locations, finishes, fixtures, etc.) that make a custom home unique. If those kinds of decisions wear you out, you may not want to put yourself in that position.

Do You Change Your Mind A Lot? Building a custom home gives you lots of opportunities to make changes. If you have a hard time sticking with a (good) decision, the options can be a huge challenge. And if you’re not careful, the changes you request can severely delay construction and drive your costs up.

Do You Have the Time? This is related to the first question. Not only will you need to make decisions, but in order to keep things moving, you’ll need to be available to your builder to deal with questions that come up. If you don’t have the time or energy to do that, you may resent the intrusion the homebuilding process brings to your life.

How Will This Affect Your Family? You’re not the only one who will be impacted by the building process. If you have other issues you’re dealing with, ones that require your time and attention, you may want to hold off for a while until things have settled down.

Are You Planning to Stay for a While? If you have a job that might require you to move soon, building a custom home may not be the right choice right now. That doesn’t mean you can’t do it or shouldn’t, but the timing may not be right at the moment.

If you’re not sure whether it makes sense to build a new home or to remodel the home you’re currently living in, download our free Create Your Dream Home e-book. There are some additional ideas in there that will help you decide whether to build or to remodel.

Dream Home

Topics: Custom homes in Rochester Area, Build or remodel in Rochester

Can You Overdo It When Researching Your New Rochester Custom Home?

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Mar 11, 2016 @ 19:03 PM

Can-you-overdo-it-when-researching-your-new-Rochester-custom-home.jpgThe great thing about building a custom home in the Eastern Rochester area is that you have so many options from which to choose. You get to pick the plan and finishes that fit your needs and sense of style. The flip side of that is that with so many options, making a choice can be overwhelming.  

Online sites such as and are packed with great ideas for creating beautiful and comfortable homes. Often, however, these sites will focus on a single room. And while it’s great to glean ideas from sites like that, you really want to keep the whole home in mind as you research and plan. 

One way to keep the research part of the custom homebuilding process under control is to set some parameters before you start gathering ideas. Here are a few areas you can consider to narrow your research (and choices) down a bit. 

What’s Your Budget? Take some time to think through what you can really afford without putting yourself in financial straits. We’re not talking about setting a final budget at this stage, but you want to identify the range you’re in. If your realistic budget is in the $250,000 to $300,000 range, it doesn’t make sense for you to research $500,000 homes.  

What Are Your Space Needs? How much room will your family need to live comfortably? While you don’t want to build something too small (then you’ll either have to add on or move to a larger home), you also don’t want to buy something that’s way too big. We offer floor plans that range from 1,040 square feet up to 3,605 square feet. That provides you with all kinds of options. Again, you’ll want to think about a range for size. It also may be helpful to think in terms of the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you want. 

What Style Home Are You Considering? Are you looking for a home with single-level living, or would you prefer a plan that has all bedrooms upstairs? Or maybe you want some of the bedrooms upstairs and a master bedroom on the main level. Once again, you can use the style of the home to narrow your search and make it easier to manage the information you gather. 

Choice is a good thing, but too much choice can be too much of a good thing. Setting budgetary, space and style parameters can help you keep your research and your choices down to a manageable level.  Our library of floor plans is a great tool for doing just that. You can search for design options based on style, square footage, number of bedrooms and number of bathrooms. Then you’ll have your choice of options within your specific size and price range. 

You’ll still have plenty of options—but you don’t have to let yourself be overwhelmed. 


Topics: Custom homes in Rochester Area, Rochester new home information overload, searching for new custom home in Rochester area

The Importance of the Right Fit: Comparing Floor Plans for Your Rochester-area Home

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 @ 19:02 PM

The-importance-of-the-right-fit-comparing-floor-plans-for-your-Rochester-area-home.jpgFinding the right fit in life makes everything so much more comfortable. It doesn’t matter whether it’s shoes, pants, or bikes—if you don’t have a good fit, nothing feels right. It’s the same way when you’re building a home. If a home is too small, you’ll always feel cramped (and probably frustrated). If you buy more house than you need, you may end up with the stress of a mortgage payment that’s too big as well.

Of course it’s not just the size of your home that matters. The design (and by that, I’m referring to the layout or floor plan) needs to match your needs as well. You want to make sure that the flow of the house fits the way you live now—and into the future.

That’s why Gerber offers floor plans that range from a 1,040 square foot, 2-bedroom.1-bathroom home to a 3,445 square foot, 4-Bedroom/3.5 bathrrom plan (with a lot of other options in between).

There’s also more to consider than sheer size and the number of rooms. You’ll also want to consider whether you prefer multi-level living (with bedrooms upstairs for privacy) or single-level living (which offers convenience and takes stairs out of the equation should you decide to stay in your home even as you mature).

For instance, our Wainscott home is a single-level living home that offers plenty of space (including 3 bedrooms, 2-baths, and a 3-car garage)—and even has the option of adding a 780-square foot in-law apartment with its own bedroom, living room, bath, and kitchen.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a traditional two-level home, our Stillwater home offers 4 bedrooms on the upper level (including a Master Suite) and plenty of common space on the main level, including kitchen, dinette, dining room, great room, and even a study.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to floor plans. We have hundreds of great plans you can check out before deciding on the one that best fits your lifestyle and budget.  Of course, part of having the right fit is finding a community that feels like home. We build in Ontario, Webster, Canandaigua and many other communities in the Rochester area.

When it comes to building your home, don’t settle for something that isn’t the right fit. Home is the place where you should feel comfortable—a place that’s the perfect fit for you and your family!

 Created on 05/18/12 at 13:26:28

Topics: Custom homes in Rochester Area, choosing floor plans based on lifestyle

When Waiting to Build a New Home Isn’t In the Cards

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Dec 10, 2015 @ 19:12 PM

When-waiting-to-build-isnt-in-the-cards.jpgIn an ideal world you’d never be rushed for time when you decide to build a new home in the eastern Rochester area. You’d have plenty of time to review plans gather design ideas for your perfect home.

Sometimes, however, life just doesn’t work out that way. Maybe that second child you were trying for is showing up a little earlier than you’d planned. Perhaps you’ve had a job or career change that requires you to move without a lot of notice. You could even be in a situation were a parent needs to move in with you. There could be any number of reasons why waiting to build a new home simply isn’t in the cards.

That doesn’t mean you have to settle for any old home. As a matter of fact, you may be able to get a home with more upgrades than you planned on—at a great price. How?

Purchasing a model home can be a great solution for families who don’t have the luxury of waiting to build a new home—but still want a brand new home of their own.

Builders build model homes to demonstrate the quality of their homes’ designs and to show off their craftsmanship. Beyond that, they provide prospective homebuyers with the ability to actually experience what a new home will look and feel like. As a result, these homes often have upgrades built in that would normally cost more than the basic plan.

At Gerber Homes, we have a number of models that are ready for immediate move in. You get the benefit of upgraded quality and great pricing—without having to wait for construction to be completed. Click here to check out our available models. You can also downoad brochures for any of these homes that will provide you with more details.

You never know what kind of hand life is going to deal you. If you’re in a situation where waiting to build a new home isn’t in the cards, the game isn’t over. A beautiful model home may just be your ace in the hole!

Model Homes

Topics: Custom homes in Rochester Area, quick move-in homes near Rochester, model homes in Rochester area

What to Do When You and Your Builder Disagree

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Nov 12, 2015 @ 19:11 PM

Your relationship with your builder is an extremely important part of the homebuilding process. That doesn’t mean you have to invite your builder to dinner, or go to his kid’s school play.  But it does mean you have to be able to work together to resolve issues.

That’s particularly true when building a custom home, because you’re more likely to run into situations that require a unique solution. Your builder may come up with a solution that’s different from the one you envisioned. How do you handle a situation where you and your builder disagree?

  • Communicate Your Expectations Clearly: Make sure you and your builder are on the same page and that he or she clearly understands what you’re after. “More space in the kitchen” is too vague. Make sure your builder understands how you want to use that space and then let him or her come up with the way to get it done. It might be different (and even better!) than what you envisioned, but does it achieve the objective?
  • Ask Respectful Questions: Your builder may come up with a solution that’s not your first choice. Rather than accuse him or her of ignoring your wishes, ask for an explanation. There may be a structural basis for making a certain decision. Or the builder may be constrained by building codes. It’s ok to ask, but it’s important to respect your builder’s knowledge and expertise (just like it’s important for the builder to respect your wishes and ideas).
  • Look for Win-Win Solutions: Again, this goes back to achieving your objectives. Work together to find solutions that work for both of you. You shouldn’t have to settle for less than you agreed upon. But remember that your goal (and your builder’s) is to build the best possible home at the agreed-upon price. It’s not about “being right” in a discussion.

Getting along with your builder isn’t about agreeing on every little detail. But when you build a custom home, you will be faced with decisions in the process. That’s why it’s so important that you choose the right builder—one you’re comfortable with—from the beginning.  Here’s a post that can help you determine whether the builder you’re considering is right for you.

Created on 05/18/12 at 13:26:28

Topics: Custom homes in Rochester Area, resolving differences with your builder, working with your builder to solve problems

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