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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

Advantages to Model Homes

Posted by John Graziose on Mon, May 28, 2012 @ 13:05 PM

models for sale colyerWhy think about a model home?  What are the advantages and disadvantages?

Many people think new homes can only be built during the summer.  You know, after the snow has melted and the ground has dried.  After all, who ever heard about a home being built during a snowstorm?

Times have changed.  With the new tools, materials, and technologies available, Gerber Homes of Rochester NYcan be seen building a new home year around.  Actually, except for just a few days of extreme blizzards or deep cold, homes are being built.

Visitors often walk into one of Gerber Homes’ model homes planning to build,  and fall in love with the model!  So, what are the advantages of purchasing a model home?

First, your home is move-in-ready.  The hardwood flooring is in place, the grass already growing.

But there’s more.  Luxury items are added to these model homes.  Those beautiful touches such as granite counter tops, a Bonus Room,  or finished basement. Upgrades, galore.

Plus, Gerber Homes has a team of professional decorators that specialize in color schemes and lighting.  A huge advantage over purchasing an older existing home and doing it yourself.

With Gerber Homes, you know your home is Energy Star efficient, and built with “green” practices.  This means lower energy costs and state-of-the-art methods to reduce footprints.

Perhaps the only disadvantage of purchasing a model home is flexibility.  Moving walls is more difficult in a model home, not impossible, but more difficult.  So if your family could benefit from a tailor made home, remember, Gerber Homes builds year around.

Click here to see a list of currently available Model Homes from Gerber Homes.

If you are interested in building a new home, click here to see Gerber Homes communities. 

Let us know if you have any questions, we would love to hear from you! Click here for contact info. 

Topics: Building Green, Energy Star, Saving Money, Going Green, Granite Counter Tops, Hardwood Flooring, Interior Decorating, Landscaping

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