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What Does “Move In Ready” Mean?

Friday, January 6th, 2012

by Sean Hess (Sean@StAugTeam.com), Broker and Manager for St. Augustine Team Realty (www.StAugustineTeamRealty.com). Join us on Facebook.

This abandoned home has plaster on the floor. Yet someone could sweep this up and call it "move in ready."

This abandoned home has plaster on the floor. Yet someone could sweep this up and call it "move in ready."

You see it in real estate ads all the time: what does “move in ready” mean?

Buyers get frustrated by this type of phrasing, because it means different things to different ad writers.

What it means to me is that it there is nothing structurally wrong or anything that neccesarily needs updating before moving in.  For example, the roof might be 15 years old and the appliances too, but everything works fine.  In other words, you can move right in with your own stuff and do as little or as much structural or aesthetic updating as you please.

But if you are in a high end or luxury neighborhood, move in ready might mean all of the above, but that things are aesthetically much nicer and more updated.  The appliances may not be new but of a higher quality, for example, and the decorating may be a bit out of date but the condition of it is immaculate.

And conversely, if you are an ad writing Realtor who deals in foreclosures, move in ready might mean there is no cannonball sized hole in the roof, no quik-crete dumped down the toilet, and hey, the light fixtures are missing but the electric works.

Where Realtors get into trouble is when they mix these definitions on houses, or apply a one-size-fits-all advertising on their properties.

So before you go look at a “move in ready” house take a good look at any media available online: photos, videos, etc.  This will give you an idea on whether it fits your own definition of move in ready or not.

Contact St. Augustine Team today to find your very own move in ready house, or just call Broker Sean Hess at (904) 386-8327.