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Essentials for Evaluating the Suitability of a Model Home

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Mar 27, 2020 @ 14:03 PM

People looking for a home in the greater Rochester area often assume that they either have to choose an existing home that's on the market or build from the ground up. While both of those may be good options for some people, there is another option: Purchasing a model home. Could that be a good option for you? Let’s take a look at some of the essentials for evaluating the suitability of a model home for your family’s needs.

The Location

Location of Model Home

We all know about the importance of location when choosing a home. Where you choose to live is every bit as important as the kind of home you choose to live in. Choosing the location of your home can be a little tricky. Sure, you can get a feel for how far it is from important locations such as schools, shopping, and other family activities. But that’s only part of the picture.

If you’re purchasing an existing home, you can get a bit of a sense for the existing community. But what if you want a newer home? If you’re building a brand new home, it’s a little harder to do that because if the homes are being built it can be hard to visualize what the community will look like. With a model home, you’ll often have the ability to see the community that is developing around it. We build homes in a variety of different communities in the greater Rochester area and we have model homes in numerous communities.

More Bang for Your Buck

Get more for your money when you build a custom home

I’ll let you in on a little secret. When builders build a model home they like to show off just a little bit. OK, that’s really not a big secret, but it’s true. We builders use model homes as showcases. That means we tend to put our best foot forward. A model home will often have upgraded floor plans. It’s likely to have upgraded finishes for flooring, cabinets, and countertops. What that means is that you can get top-of-the-line materials and design for a great price. Builders also tend to use interior designers to decorate the interiors of model homes. And while you won’t get to keep the furniture and pictures they use to stage the model, you’ll still get the benefit of having had a professional’s touch in color-coordinating things. You can also tap into a professional’s design flair by taking pictures of the staged home and then adapting that interior look to your personal tastes.


Availability of new model homes in Rochester NY

What can you do when you have your heart set on a new home—but simply don’t have the time to wait? That’s where a model home can really shine. You may need to make a move quickly for a number of reasons:

  • You could be relocating to take a new job.
  • You could have an addition to your family on the way.
  • Maybe you have mature parents moving in with you that you weren’t planning on.

Building a brand-new home takes time, and involves a lot of decisions up front and during the building process. With a model home, you don’t have to make a lot of those choices. Plus, the home is already built. That means a faster move-in time frame. We regularly post listings of available model homes that you can either visit in person or visit online with a virtual tour.

Eliminate Guesswork

Eliminate Guesswork out of choosing the right floor plan

For some people, one of the toughest things about building a new home is visualizing how things are going to look. Some potential homeowners can look at floor plans and see the end results in their minds. For others, the floor plans are just lines and numbers on a piece of paper. It’s hard for them to envision the end result. With a model home, you can actually walk through every room in the house. Not only do you then get to experience what each individual room looks and feels like—you also get a sense of the flow of the entire house. You can experience what it's like to move from the kitchen to the family room. You'll have a first-hand look at how each bedroom is set up. You'll know what it feels like to take linens from the bedrooms to the laundry.

Even if you decide that you still want to build, taking the time to tour a model home is a valuable experience. Model homes can help you take the guesswork out of choosing a home that’s right for you and your family.

Take Advantage of Trends

Take Advantage of Home Design Trends

I mentioned above that builders often use model homes to showcase their craftsmanship. Another thing that model homes are good for is to introduce potential homebuyers to new homebuilding trends. While we try to keep prospective clients abreast of new trends that will make their homes more comfortable and convenient, there’s nothing quite like seeing it for yourself. So if you buy a model home, you’re probably buying something that’s in step with the latest home design trends. That makes it more enjoyable for you—and it also means more value later on if you should decide to sell your home.

What If You’re Not Sure That New Is Right For You?

What If You’re Not Sure That New Is Right For You?

Building a brand new home isn't the right answer for everyone. If you're trying to figure out if it's right for you, visiting a model can help answer some of those questions because you'll see things first-hand (without having to look past other peoples' "stuff" in an occupied home. If you'd like some additional insights, here’s a helpful post that delves into the topic in a bit more detail.

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Topics: Model homes, Custom homes

New Home Communities in Rochester NY Area

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Feb 22, 2019 @ 14:02 PM

New Home Communities in Rochester NY AreaIf you’re considering building a new home in the Rochester area, you’ve no doubt heard the real estate mantra: “Location, location, location!” Where you build your home is as important as the style of home you build and choosing the right floor plan. But there’s much more to choosing your home’s location than just the physical coordinates on a map. Finding a community that feels like home is a big factor for many homeowners. So how do you find great new home communities in the Rochester, NY area?

What Makes a Great Rochester area Community?

When we at Gerber choose the locations in which we’d develop communities, we looked for towns and areas that would enhance the lives of the people living there. We chose locations that show a promising future for growth and development. Here’s a post that talks a bit more about the importance of a good community.

A Few Examples

Here are a few examples of local areas we reviewed before deciding that they were great candidates for developing communities.

  • Webster, NY has a vibrant Chamber of Commerce that carefully invites businesses that they feel will enhance the quality of life of the overall community. In addition, they created Town Center shopping as a place for the community to come together. Visitors from as far away as Toronto, Canada stop by Town Center on the bus to shop while on their way to the Finger Lakes region. But the townsfolk of Webster didn't stop there. The town earned the rank of Sports Town USA, boasting more ball fields per capita than any town around.  The addition of their Aquatic Center, Hockey Rink, Marching Band, and proximity to water recreation makes Webster a fun and inviting place to live. 
  • Canandaigua, NY and Victor, NY both offer so much to new residents.  They are both vibrant, growing communities that are close to businesses and shopping opportunities.  That eliminates long commutes—a real plus for quality of life.  And when it’s time for residents to relax, they have easy access to great areas such as Canandaigua Lake and the Wine Region not far from their doorsteps.

At Gerber Homes, we have been building new homes for more than 50 years.  But we do more than just construction. We study trends and patterns so that we have a pretty good idea where a new community will really blossom.  Among other things, we look for communities where people can:

  • Have the easiest commute to work
  • Live in a home that is tailor-made to fit their needs
  • Enjoy their leisure time with great access to outdoor activities and the amenities that make life comfortable and enjoyable

That’s why we’ve built in great New York communities such as:

  • Webster
  • Ontario
  • Victor
  • Canandaigua
  • Sodus
  • Marion
  • East Bloomfield
  • Huron
  • Perinton
  • Farmington,
  • Mendon
  • Walworth
  • Gorham
  • Fairhaven
  • Macedon
  • Rush

Click here for more information about these communities and for individual home sites.  You can also click here to take a look at just some of the floor plans that are available in these communities—whether you’re looking for a Colonial style home; a home with a first floor Master Bedroom; a patio home, or a home that features an in-law suite. Or, if you prefer, simply pick up the phone and call us at (888) 437-2373 with any questions you have.

Where you choose to live is important. And with Gerber, you have plenty of options regarding which community—and which kind of floor plan best fits your needs.

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Topics: Model homes, Custom homes, Rochester NY, Canandaigua NY, Ontario NY, Victor NY, Webster NY, Fair Haven NY, brighton ny, pittsford ny, Building a New Home, Sodus NY, Perinton NY

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

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.

Topics: Model homes, Custom homes, Rochester NY, Building a New Home, Home Design

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.


Topics: Model homes, Building a New Home