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Want a Home in Rochester with Custom Features But Don’t Want to Wait

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Jan 4, 2017 @ 19:01 PM

Want-a-Home-in-East-Rochester-with-Custom-Features-But-Don’t-Want-to-Wait.jpgWhat can you do if you’re the kind of person who wants customized features in your new home—but don’t want to wait for a custom home to be built? Are you simpy out of luck?

It doesn’t have to be that way! The good news is that Gerber Homes has a number of Model homes for sale with upgraded features that can be ready for move in when you are.

If you check out our inventory of available model homes you may find exactly the features you’re looking for—without having to wait through the whole home construction process. We currently have homes in Summer Lake in Ontario, Magnolia Manor in Perinton, Briarwood Estates in Webster, Wishire Hill in Pittsford, and Old Brooside in Canandaigua.  Of course, other savvy home shoppers will be checking out these homes as well, so some of them may not be available for long.

You can download floor plans and get additional information about these great homes. And in some cases you can even take a virtual tour of the home  And you may even have the opportunity to customize final features to your liking.

That can be an ideal option if you’re in a situation where a job change, a family addition, or some other unforeseen change in your family means that you simply don’t have the luxury of waiting. It’s also a very attractive option for people who want an upgraded new home and just don’t want to wait for it to be built.

If you have questions about availability or specific features in any of these homes, you can give us a call at 1.888.437.2373. Or you can fill out the online form if you prfer getting information via email.

It’s been said that good things come to those who wait, but sometimes really good things come to those who can’t wait or simply don’t want to!


Topics: Model homes, Rochester Area Home Remodeling, move-in-ready Rochester homes

Why Rochester-Area Model Homes Make Sense

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 @ 20:01 PM

Why Rochester area model homes make senseIf you’ve been considering building a new home in Canadaigua, Ontario, Webster or Perinton, you may not have given much thought to purchasing a model home. But here are three compelling reasons you may want to think about before scratching that idea off of your list.

1. You hate to wait: Building a new home can be an exciting adventure, but it’s not something that happens overnight. There is a lot of thought, research and planning that goes into building a new home. And that all happens before the hole for the foundation is excavated. If you’re someone who doesn’t like to wait, that might not sit well with you. And sometimes it’s not even a matter of wanting to wait. Maybe your living situation changed suddenly and you no longer have the luxury of waiting to build your new home. What if you need to move now? Model homes are often ready immediately—or on very short notice. That takes some of the pressure of waiting away.

2. Upgrades are us: When builders create a model home they want to use it as a showcase for what they can do. The result is that many model homes have upgraded features in them that show off a builder’s expertise. And usually the finish materials are upgraded as well because they show better. What that means is that you can get more “bang for your buck” with a model home because you’ll pick up these upgrades at bargain prices.

3. What you see is what you get: Not everybody enjoys looking at floor plans and schematics to see what their future home is going to look like.  As a matter of fact, some people really struggle to envision what the finished product is going to look like. If that describes you, a model home may be a big help. You don’t have to imagine what it will look like when it’s finished—you can walk through it right now. And for a lot of people that means peace of mind.

With those three things in mind, here are four more reasons you might want to consider a model home: 

  • 3 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 1,600 square foot home in Canadaigua 
  • 3 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 2,426 square foot home in Ontario 
  • 3 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 1,707 square foot home in Webster 
  • 4 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 2,395 square foot home in Perinton

Click here for more details, to download a brochure, or to take a virtual tour of any of these properties. Check out these great homes to see if a model home in the Rochester area might make sense for you!

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Topics: Rochester area custom homebuilder, Model homes, upgrades, no waiting

5 Questions To Ask When Looking at a Model Home

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Dec 26, 2013 @ 20:12 PM

5 questions to ask when looking at a model home

Sometimes there’s just no substitute for the real thing. Some potential homeowners can get all the information they need about a new home just by looking at floor plans or by perusing some pictures. And that’s great—if that works for you.

Some of us, however, prefer (make that need) to see an actual wood-and-drywall-and-concrete example of the place that might be our home for the foreseeable future. If that describes you—and you’re considering building a new home in the East Rochester area, you’re in luck!

We’ve got a number of model homes in the areas around Canandaigua, Webster, Ontario and Perinton that will let you get “up close and personal” so that you can see first-hand exactly what you’re getting into. You can walk through the homes, get a sense of perspective, and get a feel for what these homes really feel like.

However, when you take a tour of a model home (whether it’s one of ours or someone else’s) it’s good to do more than just look. It’s also good to ask some questions so that you walk away with more than just an impression.

Here are five questions to ask when looking at a model home. You may come up with more, but these will give you a good start in deciding if what you see is what you should get.

1. Do you really like the home—or just the way it’s decorated? It’s easy to get a bit distracted by the décor and presentation of a model home. We’ll be honest—we builders want the models we build to look as nice as possible. That’s not a bad thing (and it’s also a good way to pick up decorating tips!). But don’t let the curtains or interior paint or furniture arrangement get in the way of the big picture. You should choose the right house—not fall in love with the decorator!

2. Can you envision this home in a different location? Our model homes are all for sale, but they can also be built elsewhere. Is the location of the model right for you? Does it place you in good proximity to schools, work and other activities? Is the area around the model one you really like?

3. Does this floor plan fit the lifestyle of your family? Professional designers and architects design these homes to look good. That’s part of the plan—but only part. Just because a home is aesthetically pleasing doesn’t mean it’s the right floor plan for your family. Do the rooms flow into one another the way you want them to?  The kitchen may be “cute” but does it function the way you want it to? Look beyond the obvious.

4. What can you modify without dramatically changing the basic floor plan? What if you like the basic layout of the home—but want to make a few changes to make it more “yours?” Are the changes that would make you happy feasible? Are they big changes that significantly change the structure of the house (and the cost), or are they minor changes that a builder can easily accommodate?

5. Can you actually afford this model? Sometimes prospective homebuyers get into a situation where their eyes are bigger than their bank accounts. It’s easy to fall in love with a house that seems to be everything you want. But if you get yourself in over your head financially, your dream home can end up being a nightmare.

Touring a model home can be a big help. But you should let the experience guide you—not drive you. And if you don’t find exactly what you want in a model, use what you learn. There are plenty of other plans out there that can deliver exactly what you need.

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

Topics: Rochester area custom homebuilder, Model homes, choosing the right home style and plan

Finding Your Rochester-Area Home: What If You Don’t Want To Wait?

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Jun 6, 2013 @ 07:06 AM

Finding your Rochester area home what if you don't want to waitThe reports you’ve been hearing about the rebounding homebuilding market are true. And while that’s good news for the economy, it may not be what you want to hear if you’re looking for a new home in Canandaigua, Webster, Ontario or elsewhere in the Rochester area—particularly if you’re a person who doesn’t like to wait. That’s because increased demand for new homes can mean homeowners have to wait longer before they can move into a new home.

Some people don’t mind that—and their situation allows them to take their time. Others need to move a little more quickly. So if you’re somewhat short on time, does that mean you have to settle for less than what you want?

Not necessarily! The good news is that at Gerber Homes, we’ve got some great model homes that are ready now. If waiting isn’t your idea of a good time, we invite you to check out our selection of model homes in the greater Rochester area.  You can peruse the list of what’s available, get details and even take a virtual tour without having to leave your chair. You can even download a brochure with all the features of the home to review at your leisure.

Why consider owning a model home? For one thing, you don’t have to wait for it to be built. It’s ready for move in now. Beyond that, you’ll be able to see exactly what you’re getting. Not everybody enjoys looking at floor plans and then imagining what the final product will look like. With a model home, what you see is what you get.

The other enticing thing about model homes is that we builders like to use them to show off (just a little bit). That means you have a pretty good chance of landing a home that has some built-in flourishes and upgrades.

So if you love the idea of a new home in the Rochester area—but hate to wait—you may want to think seriously about the possibilities that a model home offers. 

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

Topics: Rochester Area Custom Home Builder, Model homes, upgrades, no waiting

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