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Build, Buy, or Remodel? What’s the Right Choice for Your Rochester Home?

Posted by John Graziose on Sat, Feb 24, 2018 @ 21:02 PM

Build-Buy-or-Remodel-What’s-the-Right-Choice-for-Your-Rochester-Home.jpgWe Americans love our choices and options. If you don’t believe me, take a walk down the cereal aisle in one of the Rochester-area supermarkets and look at all the different options you’ve got for breakfast cereal!  The same thing is true when it comes to your housing needs. You have options for meeting your family’s needs. But should you build, buy or remodel? What’s the right choice for your Rochester home?

The answer, of course, will depend on what you’re looking for in a home. Your budget and the timing of your move will also be factors. Your specific needs will be different from those of others, so there’s no “one-size-fits-all” answer to whether you should build, buy or remodel.

That's why it may be more helpful for you to compare some of the advantages and disadvantages of your various options. Here's a quick overview of some of the pluses and minuses of building a new home, buying an existing home, or remodeling your current Rochester home.

Building a New Custom Home

ADVANTAGES:

  • Your home will be built to your exact specifications. You’ll be involved in the process from the ground up to ensure you get exactly what you want.
  • You’ll start with a clean slate. That means you won’t have to work around existing structural constraints or styles in order to get what you really want.
  • You get to put more of yourself into the way the home is built. Your home can reflect more of your personality.
  • With a new custom built home, you'll have lower initial maintenance costs (because it's new) and down the road because of the quality of materials and craftsmanship.
  • Custom built homes are more likely to use green building materials and technologies—resulting in lower utility bills and a decreased impact on the environment
  • With a custom home, you can build in features such as higher ceilings and bring in more natural light.
  • New custom homes offer the advantage of a basement that's dry from the beginning and remains dry because of the quality of construction.

DRAWBACKS:

  • There is a cost differential. Custom homes tend to cost a bit more than tract homes (but bear in mind that you’re getting more as well, so you have to take overall value into consideration).
  • You may face some delays before you can move in. If immediate occupancy is important this can be an issue and you may have to stay where you are longer—or find a temporary solution.
  • Custom building is a lot more “hands-on.” You’ll face a lot more decisions about the design and finish of your home. That can consume a lot of time and mental energy.

Buying a New or Existing Home

ADVANTAGES

  • Buying an existing home gives you the ability to move in more quickly. There’s no waiting for construction to be completed—your home is “move-in ready” right now.
  • Existing homes generally have landscaping already done—and it’s often more mature. In addition to looking nicer, it can save you money later on.
  • Buying an existing home requires fewer decisions. If the thought of deciding on finishes and features and the like leaves you cold, you avoid all that. 

By the way, at Gerber, we frequently have existing models for sale that allow you to see a finished home that nobody has ever lived in—and move in quickly. Click here to check out our current inventory.

DRAWBACKS:

  • An existing home sits on an existing lot and you have to take what you get. You don’t have the option of choosing the lot you like best.
  • You’ll be somewhat limited with regard to how much you can customize your home. If you like the way the home is designed and finished, that’s great, but if you want to make changes it will take time, effort, and money.
  • If you’re buying a home that someone else has lived in you don’t get to “break in” your new home. Some people really like the idea of being the first ones in their new home. Also, your fixtures and appliances won’t be brand new (unless you’re buying a model).

Remodeling Your Existing Home

ADVANTAGES:

  • If you live in a neighborhood you love that is convenient to work, schools, and other activities, you don’t have to pull up roots and start anew.
  • You can avoid the stress and extra expense of a major move. There will be some disruption—but it’s not the same as moving. 
  • Good remodeling isn’t cheap but it’s probably going to be less expensive than building from scratch. 

DISADVANTAGES:

If you really don’t like the overall style of your current home (i.e. You really want a rancher and you’re in a two-story) your remodel may not be able to address that issue.

It’s good to have options. And while you may have additional questions that you need to address before you decide what’s best for you and your family, evaluating the advantages and disadvantages above will give you a good start on your decision-making process.

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Topics: building a new home, Rochester NY Home Builders, Moving to Rochester, Rochester Remodeling, Buying a Home in Rochester NY

Creating Your Perfect Rochester Home: Is New Right for You?

Posted by John Graziose on Sun, Feb 11, 2018 @ 07:02 AM

Creating-Your-Perfect-Rochester-Home-Is-New-Right-for-You.jpgWhat should you do if your current Rochester home is no longer meeting your needs?  Family dynamics can change. Perhaps you’ve added a child or two since you first moved in. Perhaps you’ve had an older family member move in with you and you want to be able to accommodate them comfortably. Maybe you need to make some changes that address the needs of multiple generations. Or it could be that you’re looking ahead to your own retirement and want to make sure you’re in a place you’ll enjoy for years to come. How do you go about creating your perfect Rochester home? Is new right for you?

Often, the first thing homeowners think about in response to changing needs is making a move to a new home. Sometimes that’s the right move. For some individuals, however, a new home isn’t what they really want. What if you really like the neighborhood you’re currently living in? What if you have a great relationship with your neighbors? Good neighbors aren’t a guarantee when you move into a new community. And what if you essentially like your house?

Remodeling your home is a great way to get the space, comfort, and convenience you want from your home—without having to move. Whether it's an extra room or a new second floor, Gerber Homes & Additions can work closely with you to turn your existing home into the home you really want and need. We’ve developed an approach that allows side, back, and second-story additions to be completed while your family remains in the house throughout construction.

You may not need to do a full-blown addition to your home. You may simply want to re-purpose some of your existing space to make better use of it. Maybe you find yourself working from home more often—but don’t like the idea of setting up shop in the kitchen or the spare bedroom. Here’s a look at how to create a great home office.

It could be that simply re-designing your kitchen will make your home more comfortable and convenient. Here’s a look at kitchen features you’ll want to take into consideration—whether you build a new home or remodel your existing home.

By the way, if you’re closing in on retirement and want to make sure your home will be safe and comfortable as your needs change, here’s a post that talks about remodeling issues you’ll want to take seriously.

If you love where you live—but it simply doesn’t meet your needs anymore—it doesn’t mean you have to move if you don’t want to. I invite you to download our free Create Your Dream Home eBook. It will help you decide whether building or remodeling is the right way for you to get the home of your dreams. And it’s packed with helpful design tips that can help you get what you really want from your new—or remodeled—home. Is new really right for you? This eBook will help you decide what’s best for you!

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Topics: Rochester NY Home Builders, building a new home, Moving to Rochester, Rochester Remodeling

Building or Remodeling Your Rochester Home—Knowing Where to Start Matters

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Feb 2, 2018 @ 01:02 AM

Build-or-Remodel-Your-Rochester-Home-Knowing-Where-To-Start.jpgThe Germans have an old saying: AllerAnfangistschwer (All beginnings are difficult). That’s certainly true when building or remodeling a home. Given the fact that quite a number of German homes are hundreds of years old, it seems like perhaps they managed to master that “first step” pretty well. What does that mean for you? When building or remodeling your Rochester home, knowing where to start matters.

One thing that makes getting started hard is that many people haven’t built a new house or undertaken a major remodeling project before. It’s new territory. There’s a lot of information to gather—and to digest.

Get the Information You Need

If you’ve been looking into building or remodeling in the Rochester area, you know that it’s not a lack of information that keeps you from getting started. As a matter of fact, it sometimes feels as if there’s too much information out there. How do you sort it all out?

Let’s be honest, both homebuilding and home remodeling involve a whole lot of details. But before you get to the nitty-gritty details, it’s good to have an overview of what you need to be thinking about. Plus, it’s good to glean some general ideas and get some inspiration for what you can do.

One thing that many prospective new homeowners don’t initially think about is where they are going to build their home. Will you be building in an existing community? Will you be looking for a lot elsewhere? What things do you need to consider before purchasing your lot? Here’s a look at how we can help you with that particular issue.

What about choosing the right design to meet your family’s needs? There are a lot of different options available to you. At Gerber Homes & Additions, we offer a wide range of plans. But which one will fit your needs? Here’s a helpful post that can help you pick the right floor plan for your needs.

What can you do if you like a basic plan (whether you’re building a new home or remodeling your existing Rochester home) but want to make some changes? How can you know if the changes you request are realistic—or will cost you a bundle to implement? What if there’s a better way to achieve what you want? Here’s a look at how you can take advantage of your Rochester builder’s expertise and end up with a better solution.

Begin with the Basics

If you’ve been thinking about building or remodeling in Huron, Ontario, Webster or anywhere else in the greater Rochester area, we have some good news that can make it a bit easier to get the ball rolling. It begins with the basics you need to consider.

That’s why we created our Building a House, Creating a Home e-book. This 16-page, full-color book has answers to some of the most common questions homeowners have at the beginning of the building or remodeling process. This guide talks about some basic design elements and uses images to show you how you can achieve the look and feel you want in your home. There are practical tips for getting the most out of the most-used (and remodeled) rooms in your house. And there’s just enough inspiration to get you started so that you can come up with your own ideas or modify the ones you see to fit your taste and lifestyle.

If you’ve been thinking about building or remodeling a home in the Rochester area—but weren’t sure about how to take that first step—and we invite you to download this FREE eBook today. You’ll even find help for deciding whether building a new home or remodeling your existing home makes more sense for you.

Knowing where to start makes a big difference. This handy resource can take some of the uncertainty out of that first step.

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Topics: Building a Home in Rochester NY, Remodeling a House in Rochester NY, Rochester NY Home Builders, Rochester NY Remodeling Company

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