Move-In Ready Homes: What to Expect

by Mina Kuper 05/22/2022

If you’re searching for a new home, it’s important to be aware of the different terminology used for property conditions. Knowing the details of a property can help you avoid extra costs and frustration after purchase. “Move-in ready” is one term you will probably encounter in the housing market. Here is an explanation of what “move-in ready” actually means so you know what to expect:

Major Systems Are Up to Date

A home that’s designated “move-in ready” has all of its major systems in good working order. Electrical work should be up to date and include safe and functional wall outlets. Plumbing might not be modern, but it is trustworthy and has a reasonable amount of lifespan remaining.

You can expect the roof and windows to be in solid condition even if not recently replaced. A move-in ready house should have a roof with at least several decades of workable lifespan left. Windows should not leak air or moisture but might still require upgrades to more efficient versions.

Functional, Not Pristine

One key to understanding what “move-in ready” really means is to know that the home will be functional but not perfect. Kitchens, for example, are not required to have modern appliances or sparkling new countertops to be “move-in ready.” Bathrooms are similar in that the fixtures should be clean and all the drains should be unclogged. However, the fixtures and cosmetic elements of the bathroom might still look dated and need an upgrade. As long as they are functioning normally for regular use, it’s “move-in ready.”

You Might Need to Paint

The aesthetic of a home can be enough to make or break a decision. However, it’s important to know that many cosmetic features—both interior and exterior—are considered move-in ready regardless of personal taste. For example, rooms with boldly painted walls, wallpaper or paneling might not be ideal from an aesthetic standpoint, but these features will not prevent you from moving in to the home.

Keep in mind that once you buy a home, you can make whatever design decisions you wish. If the move-in ready house you’re planning to buy has an unpleasant paint color or dated paneling, you may simply need to make those changes priority.

About the Author
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Mina Kuper

Growing up in New York Mina Kuper had dreams of owning real estate, but never thought she might actually become a respected leader in the real estate industry someday. You cannot always predict where or when you will discover what you are meant to do in life!  

Mina was taught at an early age that if you want something in life, you have to work for it. Her parents came from Eastern Europe and had to learn how to excel to help others. She followed their example, making a point of working hard at everything she did.   

Never wavering in her resolve to become the best version of herself with each career move, she worked her way up from launching a Rental Department in a startup Real Estate office to becoming a successful New York Real Estate Broker. In 2001, she moved to Los Angeles where she became a California Real Estate Agent. Mina is a licensed real estate agent in Arizona.

As her career advanced, Mina found her stride working with multiunit, commercial,1031 exchange, and single-family properties, divorcing couples, trusts, and probate real estate – In addition, she has earned a Certification in Trust and Probate Real Estate and completed speaking engagements on Negotiation at area law schools. Her expertise in all these areas has not only set her apart from other agents but has also proven to be a real benefit for her clients. Mina donates a portion of her proceeds to animals and children causes. They don’t have a voice but she does.