As a buyer, move-in ready is a subjective term. Recently Realtor.com did an article called "What ‘Move-In Ready’ Really Means" One major thing that we can learn by looking at the results of this survey is that move-in ready means different things to different people. It goes along the lines of "one man's trash..."
So what should you look for in a move-in ready home?
1. Updated appliances
When looking for a ready home, appliances can be very important. You will want to see what appliances the seller will be leaving and how old they are. Additionally, seeing if the property will have a washer and dryer staying in it would assist in it being considered ready.
2. Professional Cleaning
There is nothing worse than moving into your new home and finding that there are signs of the previous owner everywhere. Hair, dust, dirt, and grime. While searching for a home ask if the seller will have the home professionally cleaned.
3. Completed Maintenance
Finally, you'll want to make sure that the home has all in-progress maintenance completed. This could be as simple as making sure that all patchwork and minor repairs are completed.
A major misconception is that a property is not move-in ready without new carpet and painting. The truth is with a little skilled patching, paint can look good as new and carpet generally has an 8-year life. With proper care, the home may be ready without these costly updates.
Let us know what is most important to you in a move-in ready home in the comments!