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Benefits of Buying a Model Home in the Rochester Area

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Dec 12, 2012 @ 08:12 AM

 Model-homes-for-sale-Rochester-NY, Rochester-NY, Benefits-of-Buying-a-Model-HomesMany prospective homeowners enjoy looking through model homes. It’s a great way to pick up design and decorating ideas. And for some people, seeing a floor plan that’s actually built out is so much more meaningful than starting at a two-dimensional drawing. It really brings the home to life. 

Maybe you’re one of those people who prefers to wander the halls of a real home rather than looking at blueprints. But have you ever considered actually purchasing the model home you’ve been perusing? If you’ve never thought of doing that before, there are a number of benefits you might want to consider.

Upgrades. Models homes are showcases for builders. A builder really wants to “strut his stuff” for potential buyers. That’s why model homes often have upgrades in them that make the house stand out, such as upgraded flooring, more elaborate finishes and other features that you might not find in the “standard” plans of most homes.

Attractive Pricing. Even though model homes tend to have more upgraded features, you can often get a really good deal. The builder has already paid for the materials. He’s already put his labor into the structure as well. Builders don’t like to be bankers. They don’t want to hang on to something that’s costing them money. That means they are motivated to move the property so they can use that money to build something new.

Location. Again, because models are showcases, builders often put them in ideal locations that show off the best of the development to visitors. As a buyer you can sometimes get a premium spot without paying premium prices. 

No waiting. The building process takes time. When you purchase a model home, it’s already completed. Your builder may need to do some touch-up work before you move in, but that will probably take days—not weeks or months. So if you don’t want to wait to move in, a model home may be just what you’re looking for.

You can take a look at the model homes we have on hand right now. You can even take a virtual tour of most properties so that you know exactly what your options are. So if the idea of getting upgrades, attractive pricing and great location—with no waiting—appeals to you, take a look at our models!

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Topics: Rochester NY, Model homes for sale Rochester NY, Benefits of Buying a Model Homes

Rochester Area Commercial Properties: 50 Years of Experience You Can Trust

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Nov 7, 2012 @ 08:11 AM

Gerber-Homes-Family, Gerber-Homes-Rochester-NY, Rochester-NY, Experience Many in the Rochester area know Gerber Homes as a builder of quality family residences. That’s not surprising, since we’ve been building our reputation (along with a lot of residential homes!) since 1981. What you may not know is that we’ve also been building quality, innovative commercial projects for more than 50 years.

Gerber Commercial has built and remodeled office space for both the legal and medical professions, in addition to numerous retail establishments, apartment complexes, restaurants and manufacturing/warehousing facilities.

Don’t want to wait to have your commercial property built? Check out our selection of existing commercial properties for purchase or lease. You can even take a virtual tour of the properties you’re considering.

Whether you’re building a home, building an office or looking to buy or lease, you want to deal with people you can trust—people you know will be there for you when you need them. As long-standing members of the Rochester and Finger Lakes Area, we’ll be there for you! We haven’t just been building homes and commercial buildings for the last 50 years—we’ve been building a reputation.  

So whether you’re looking to remodel, expand your business space or start from the ground up, you can trust Gerber to provide the same attention to detail to your commercial property that we give to the homes our friends and neighbors live in.

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

Topics: Rochester NY, Gerber Homes Rochester NY, Gerber Homes Family, Experience

Choosing a Rochester Area Homebuilder: What Really Matters?

Posted by John Graziose on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 @ 08:10 AM

Custom-home-building, Gerber-Homes-Rochester-NY, Rochester-NY, Choosing-a-BuilderOnce you’ve decided to build a custom home in the Rochester area, the next big decision you have to make is who is going to build it for you. What really matters when making that decision? Here are a few things that should play a big role in your decision. Year after year, these are the things that homeowners say really matter.

Experience: Maybe you’ve never built a custom home before. That’s not a problem. But when you select your builder you don’t want him learning on the job. There is a lot more involved in building a quality custom home than just hammers, nails, saws, wood, wiring, and plumbing. You will run into unexpected issues and you want to have a builder that has been around the block a time or two and can help you understand the consequences of the decisions you’ll have to make. And that kind of understanding only comes from experience. At Gerber Homes we have three generations of experience, and we’ve worked on more than 3,000 homes. We’ll guide you in the right direction.

What the Neighbors Say: Sometimes you just don’t care what your neighbors say. But when it comes to choosing the right builder, it’s a good idea to solicit their opinion. You’ll want to know what experience your neighbors had with homebuilders in the Rochester area. That means asking potential builders for references from other homeowners in the area. But don’t simply file that information away in a folder. Talk to some of those neighbors and ask them to tell you what it was like to work with this builder. Were they happy with the quality? Did the builder listen to them? How did it go when there were minor setbacks? Did they feel that the builder was responsive? Did he offer good ideas and alternatives?

We’d love to have you hear what our customers say about us!

Your Gut: Don’t be too quick to dismiss your “gut reactions”. You should feel comfortable with your builder because you’ll be spending a lot of time together and some of those times can be a little bit stressful. That’s why it’s important to select someone who genuinely listens to you and understands your concerns. He may not always agree with you—but at least you know your opinion has been heard and considered.

Information: It’s really important that your builder gives you helpful information that makes you feel good about the decisions you make. He shouldn’t make them for you (After all, it’s your home!), but you should feel like you’ve been given the best information possible in order to make a good decision. 

We’ve been building quality homes since 1950 and we’d love to build yours. Shoot us a note and tell us what your dream house looks like. Then let’s talk to see if we’re a good fit for you. Because it’s what you think that really matters!

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Topics: Rochester NY, Gerber Homes Rochester NY, Custom home building, Choosing a Builder

4 Things That Affect the Cost of Your Rochester Area Home

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Oct 24, 2012 @ 08:10 AM

Cost-of-Building, Custom-home-building, Rochester-NY, Gerber-Homes-Rochester-NYIt’s not unusual for someone to ask us what a new custom home in Rochester or the surrounding area will cost. Some people even ask us what the cost per square foot will be. And while knowing what your house is going to cost you before you build it is a really good idea, there’s not a single, simple answer. It’s a little bit like walking into a car dealer and asking a salesman what “a car” will cost. The real answer, of course, depends on exactly what kind of car (or home) you want.

If you ask a salesman at a Ford dealership how much a car costs, he’ll give you a range of prices depending on the model of Ford you want and upon the options you choose. If you ask the same question at a BMW dealership, you’ll also get a varying range of prices depending on the model and the options you specify. But the range at the BMW dealership, will be considerably higher than the range at the Ford dealer.

You’ll have the same kind of experience when pricing homes. Custom homes cost more than standard “tract” homes. And not all custom homes will be the same price, because—well, they’re custom built! But here are several factors that play a major role in determining the cost of your home—whether you’re looking at the cost per square foot, or the total cost.

Complexity: A more intricate home design simply requires more labor. That’s why a simple rectangular house with square corners costs less to build than home with odd angles and 20 different corners. If you’re building on an unusual lot or want to add something such as a steep roof or other custom features, your costs will increase.

Finish: The materials you select for your finish (using wood or stone instead of vinyl on the floors; using granite instead of Formica for countertops; or using tile instead of shingles on the roof) will increase your cost. The number and variety of options you choose will have a direct impact on the cost.

Size and Components: When it comes to building a home, size really does matter. A 6,000 square foot home will cost more than a 2,000 square foot home. We’ve included components in with size because larger homes often include components that aren’t commonly found in smaller homes—such as a three-or-four-car garage. Larger homes are also likely to have additional features such as porches or multiple decks. 

Labor: People who build custom homes generally insist on a higher quality of craftsmanship than you’ll find in mass-produced houses. The features that are built in often require a level of skill that lower-end builders simply can’t afford.

Once you have a pretty good idea of what the specifics are (complexity, level of finish, size/components), shoot us a note. We’d be happy to give you a general range of the cost.

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

Topics: Rochester NY, Gerber Homes Rochester NY, Saving Money, Custom home building, Cost of Building

Building Your New Rochester Home: Don’t Let Your Eyes Get Bigger Than Your Budget

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Oct 10, 2012 @ 08:10 AM

 Rochester NY, Under Budget, Custom home building, Gerber Homes Rochester NYEvery now and then as builders we run into a bit of an awkward situation when discussing a new home with a prospective homeowner: The homeowner’s eyes get bigger than his budget and he starts planning features for his new home that he really can’t afford. 

We love to give clients what they want in their homes, but we hate to see the stress it causes them when they get over-extended. How does it happen—and how can you avoid it when you plan your Rochester area home?

It’s really pretty easy to understand how it happens. It’s a little bit like going to a car dealer and planning to buy a nice $30,000 car. You see one you like on the floor, but it’s $34,000.  You test drive it anyway and love it. But of course the cars on the lot are always loaded with options. You get the $2,500 sports suspension package because it handles so well. Then you add $1,000 for the super stereo with satellite radio and MP3/DVD player. Of course the color you like is a custom metallic paint—but it looks so nice.

All of a sudden that $34,000 car is a $45,000 vehicle—and you don’t even remember that you were planning to spend $30,000 when you walked in!

The same thing happens to people planning to build a custom home. They’ve seen cool websites and beautiful magazine photos. They’ve watched TV shows where budgets are never mentioned. And they have lots of great ideas.

However, when they don’t rein in their expectations early in the process it’s easy for them to get into a financially stressful situation. Later they can get really upset over a simple “should do” upgrade that costs them a few hundred dollars.

That’s why it’s critical to have a firm grasp of what your realistic budget is before you get too far into the process. It doesn’t mean you cut corners or try to do things cheaply. But it’s important to communicate with your builder about what you want and to work with him to see if it fits within your budget.

Building a custom home should be a great experience. But knowing you’re in over your head can take the joy out of it. Talk to us about your dream first. We’ll help you build it so that you can enjoy it!

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

Topics: Rochester NY, Gerber Homes Rochester NY, Saving Money, Custom home building, Staying on budget, Under Budget

Remodeling Your Rochester Bath: What Comes First?

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 @ 08:09 AM


When it’s time to remodel, the project most homeowners tackle after thekitchen is the bathroom. Maybe that’s because they get more out of that investment when it’s time to resell. Part of it, however, may have to do with the fact that the bathroom (whether it’s a guest bath or a master bath) lend themselves to personal touches and can exude their own personality. 

So what’s the first thing you want to do when remodeling your bathroom? Before you get too wrapped up in picking out fixtures, tile, and color schemes, you’ll want to do some thinking. Thought is the first thing you want to put into your bathroom! Here are a few questions to consider before you delve into the “fun” details. 

  • Who is this bathroom for? Will this be your master bathroom—set aside for your exclusive use? Or will your kids be using this space as well. Do you have enough space to comfortably accommodate everyone?
  • How many sinks do you want? Some people like the look of a single sink. Maybe you do, too, but are you going to be willing to share your sink or would you rather have one for your own use. This can be really important if two of you are trying to get ready for work at the same time in the morning!
  • Do you have adequate counter space? Can your builder “engineer” more space without adding on to the house?
  • Bath or Shower? Do you prefer taking baths or showers? What about both options? Have you thought about including a whirlpool or spa? Do you want your bath/shower in the same space as your sinks—or separate?
  • Have you planned enough storage space? Storage may not be sexy, but later you’ll be really happy you thought about it. Consider things like toiletries, first aid, medication, and cleaning supplies.
  • What about lights? You can vary the lighting for different parts of the bathroom according to what happens there: Brighter lighting for makeup and shaving, and softer lighting for the shower/bathing area.
  • Can you add “green” features? Conserving water and electricity doesn’t have to be a Spartan experience. You can still enjoy comfort and luxury in your bath while being environmentally conscious 

Looking for more ideas you can use for remodeling your bathroom? Download our free 5-page guide, Design the Ultimate Bathroom here!

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Topics: Rochester NY, bath remodeling Rochester NY, Gerber Homes Rochester NY

Want a Custom-Quality Home in the Rochester Area—But Don’t Want to Wait?

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Sep 21, 2012 @ 08:09 AM

Custom-Quality-Home-in-the-Rochester-AreaWe’ve all heard that good things come to those who wait. And some of us are still waiting! What do you do if you want the quality of a custom-built home, but (for whatever reason) you simply don’t have the time to wait (or maybe you just hate waiting)?

If you’re looking for a custom-quality home in the Rochester area, you’re in luck! Gerber Homes has custom model homes in Ontario, Perinton, Webster, and Canadaigua that are ready for you right now.

These are great homes with lots of built-in custom features. Not only will you enjoy the fine quality of custom-built Gerber Homes construction, but you can also enjoy special savings for a limited time. And best of all, if waiting just isn’t an option for you, these homes are move-in ready!

Click here to take a look at any of these fine homes. You can even take a virtual tour!

And if you decide that waiting isn’t so bad after all, we’d love to build you a home to your exact specificationsin one of these communities—or nearby in Huron, Victor, Sodus, Marion, or East Bloomfield. Check out the possibilities here.

Whether you want your home now—or whether you’re willing to wait—we’ve got what you want. At Gerber Homes, we build dreams so that families can live them!


Topics: Rochester NY, Gerber Homes Rochester NY, Custom home building, virtual tour

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