Doesn’t that sound enticing? A home that’s advertised as “Move-in Ready” must be a good home – at least one would think so.
Many homes are advertised as “Move-in Ready” but as with anything else in this world statements have different shades of truthfulness. Now I’m not saying these people are liars, they just might not have the same definition of as I do.
In addition to the many homes we’ve lived in, we have sold almost 400 homes in our careers as Realtors. And we’ve seen a lot. Now I think that many people who hear those words think that all they would need to do if they purchased that home would be to move in and unpack. But to tell the truth, I’ve seen few homes over the years that would meet that definition.But I think most would agree that a “Move-in Ready” home would be one that requires no immediate repairs, but would probably have some things you would like either repaired, remodeled or modified to reflect the way of your life style. Trust me – it’s a very rare home that needs absolutely nothing.
When you purchase the home, does the contract state that all window treatments, ceiling fans, light fixtures and appliances remain with the house? Don’t assume that they do. If not, then you’ll need to get some. What about shower doors or shower curtains? And in the walk through before the closing, check to see if hot water comes out of all faucets, see if the sinks drain properly, test the appliances and also the heating and air conditioning systems. If there’s a pool, is the cleaning equipment there? What about pool chemicals?
But you can avoid all of this if you purchase a new home, right?
Not necessarily so.
Will a new home come with all of the above? Maybe – but maybe not. In one of our new homes, the neighbor moved in and found that there were no working heat ducts in the second floor. I’ve seen non work electric receptacles in new construction.
So even if a home is advertised as “Move-in Ready”, perform your due diligence and check everything out to be sure
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