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When Buying a Rochester-Area Custom Home, It’s not Just What You Pay—It’s What You Get

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Mar 27, 2020 @ 13:03 PM

When you’re thinking about building a new custom home in Ontario, Perinton, Webster or anywhere else in the Greater Rochester area, it’s easy to focus on the cost of the home. It’s important to have a realistic budget for your home. If you try to take on too much house, you probably won’t qualify for the loan. And even if your do, you may find yourself stretched beyond your comfort level. It’s no fun living in a home if you can’t afford to furnish it or if you’re constantly stressed by the monthly payments.

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

Creating a Realistic Budget for Your Rochester-area Custom Home (and Watching Out for the Surprising Places That Can Break Your Budget)

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Jul 19, 2019 @ 08:07 AM

Most people who consider building a custom home already understand that a custom home generally costs more to build than a conventional “standard” home. That doesn’t mean, however, that cost doesn’t matter. So how do you go about creating a budget for your Rochester-area home—while watching out for the surprising places that can break your budget? What does a realistic budget look like, and what are the things that are most likely to cause you to overspend your budget?

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Topics: Custom homes, Building a New Home, Home Building Costs

Controlling Creeping Cost While You Build Your Custom Home

Posted by John Graziose on Tue, Jul 31, 2018 @ 09:07 AM

One of the most prevalent “horror stories” about building a custom home or doing a home remodeling project has to do with homeowners going over budget. That tale of woe is followed closely by stories about projects that took much longer to complete than planned. Sometimes that happens when a homeowner doesn’t take enough time to think through what they really want and need. That may mean adding options later that weren’t in your original budget (here’s a post that deals with that in more detail).

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Topics: Custom homes, Home Building Costs

Understanding Pricing Variations in the Rochester Area

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

Housing 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?

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Topics: home remodeling, Home Building Costs, Home Remodeling Costs

Surprising Places Your Rochester Custom Home Could Cost More--And How to Prepare

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Mar 25, 2016 @ 19:03 PM

Some of us enjoy surprises, like when our friends throw a surprise party for us or our income tax returns are larger than we planned. Some surprises, however, aren’t so much fun, like when the custom home you’re building costs more than you expected. Nobody enjoys that kind of surprise.  

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Topics: Custom homes, Building a New Home, Home Building Costs

How to Keep Your Rochester Homebuilding Expenses in Line with Your Budget

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Nov 4, 2015 @ 06:11 AM

Most potential homeowners know the importance of setting a realistic budget when building a new home—and then sticking to it. Nothing takes the fun and excitement out of owning a new home quite like discovering that you’ve overspent and knowing that you’re in financial difficulty.

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Topics: Building a New Home, Home Building Costs

How Much Should You Spend on Land for Your New Home in Rochester?

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Sep 24, 2014 @ 20:09 PM

We’ve been building homes in the Rochester area for xx years. Invariably the clients and prospects we deal with want to know what their new home in Webster, Perinton, Ontario, Greece, or one of the surrounding communities will cost. That's just smart because then these individuals can work out a realistic budget for their new home.

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

Arriving at a Realistic Budget for Your Rochester-Area Custom Home

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 @ 20:02 PM

As custom homebuilders, one of the most frequently asked questions we’re asked is: “What will it cost to build a custom home in Rochester (or Webster, or Canandaigua, or Ontario)? If you’re considering building a home in one of these communities—or elsewhere in the Finger Lakes area—it’s a question you have to ask. But it’s also a bit of a loaded question.

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Topics: Custom homes, Rochester NY, Building a New Home, Home Building Costs