What is Move-in-Ready?

Finding a “move-in ready” house is appealing and exciting for most buyers, especially when you don’t have a lot of time to look for a new place. But what exactly does this term mean? To some, it simply means that all of the appliances work, while for others it means a recently renovated home showcasing new trends and updated styles.

As a result, it’s hard to know what a listing really means when it says the house is move-in-ready.

With the popularity of HGTV, many buyers believe move-in ready means the home is completed in a way that complements their tastes, or maybe need just needs new carpet or paint.

Sooner or later, you may have to face the fact that you can’t have everything and inevitably you’ll have to make some compromises. With the current market of tight inventory, buyers might feel forced to sway from their original wish list to find a home.

Studies indicate in more recent years, homebuyers are more focused on the neighborhood and lifestyle, rather than the details of the house itself. In terms of a good investment, chances are if you like a certain neighborhood, then other people will too. The more desirable the community, the more likely you’ll see property values continue to climb over time.

While searching for the right home, check out the neighboring homes too. Take notice of the condition of the properties around the home, which can affect your future resale value. And, even if you don’t have children, you should be considering schools nearby. While you may not be looking to have a few kids, things can always change. Even if they don’t, good schools typically translate to a higher resale value—potential buyers with families will want to be in the right district.

If you’re determined to find exactly the move-in ready home you want, it may be worthwhile to look at new construction. Some builders offer brand-new homes that are not quite finished, spec homes, for those who may be on a tighter timeline to move.

While budgeting to buy a house in just the right neighborhood and be able to make immediate renovations isn’t always feasible, if the house meets your needs and doesn’t require major repairs, live with the “ugly” for a bit. Doing small projects, one-at-a-time, might be a more economical way to create the right home while enjoying the neighborhood.

Every buyer and seller want to get the best deal they can and there is no right answer for every situation, but an experienced Realtor can help you make educated choices for your family.

In every kind of real estate market there is no substitute for an experienced professional. The right negotiator who is familiar with the market can save you time, money and heartache. Local experts, The Platinum Group, Realtors are your best resource to navigate the complexities of buying and selling a home in the Pikes Peak region.

For a complimentary Platinum opinion about buying or selling call today: 719-536-4326 or visit PlatinumHomesSales.com.

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