“Move-in Ready”: What Does it Really Mean?

Posted on by Michelle Munoz-Guzman

move In ready homeAre you in search of a “move-in ready” home? If so, you probably have a pretty good idea of what that means to you. However, to someone else, it could mean something completely different. There isn’t exactly a black or white answer to the question. The key is to be clear about your expectations with your real estate agent when searching for homes for sale in Greensboro

The True Definition of “Move-in Ready”

Technically speaking, for a home to be “move-in ready” it must meet all local codes for a residence, including electricity, water, and locking doors and windows. That’s the bare minimum requirement for a house to be classified under that term. Most potential home buyers are looking for a little more than that. 

What Home Buyers Actually Mean by a “Move-in Ready” Home

There are other terms that more specifically describe the condition of a home. Some examples include:

“Newly Renovated”

Some buyers are looking for a home that has been recently remodeled to include the latest features, new floors, fresh paint, new countertops, etc. Bathrooms and the kitchen are pivotal rooms of focus in newly renovated homes. 

“New Construction”

Some buyers are looking for a recently finished newly constructed home that is complete and ready to be lived in. Some hope to catch new homes in progress but near completion so that finishing touches like flooring and paint colors can still be customized. 

“Fully Updated”

Similar to a “newly renovated” home, a “fully updated” home has had recent improvements made throughout. The term “updated” tends to refer to technical aspects of the home such as plumbing or electrical, but it can include aesthetic features as well. 

Communicate with your Real Estate Agent about the Type of Home you Need

You may have a clear definition of what “move-in ready” means to you, but the key is to make sure your agent also understands your definition. Explain what you want and what you are not willing to compromise on. Don’t waste time touring a bunch of “fixer-uppers” when you really want a home that is “newly renovated” or “fully updated.” 

Be Willing to Compromise 

You may not be able to find a home that is in the exact condition you’re looking for, so prepare to be open-minded and consider some different options. If your time is limited, don’t look at homes that are in need of major work before you can move in. Look for a home that is “fully functional” which means the plumbing works, the electricity works, and the structure is sound, which may be all you need immediately. The rest can be projects for the future. 

Find “Move-in Ready” Homes for Sale in Greensboro with Smith Marketing

Smith Marketing and Allen Tate RealtorsⓇ can find you the type of “move-in ready” home you’re looking for. With so many homes for sale in Greensboro right now, you’re sure to find one that meets your needs. Call (336) 215-7880 today to schedule a meeting with an agent.